Ambien is designed for short term use only. Taking it at higher than recommended doses for long periods of time increases your chance of addiction.
Can zolpidem be taken long-term?
AMBIEN CR is indicated for treating insomnia. It is a treatment option you and your healthcare professional can consider along with lifestyle changes and can be taken for as long as your healthcare professional recommends. Until you know how AMBIEN CR will affect you, you shouldn’t drive or operate machinery.
What are the long-term side effects of zolpidem?
What Are the Risks of Long-Term Ambien Use?
- Digestive difficulties.
- Persistent fatigue.
- Recurrent headaches.
- Dry mouth.
- Muscle pain.
- Lack of muscle control.
Is zolpidem habit forming?
Dependency: Zolpidem may be great for short-term insomnia relief, but it is not meant to be used for longer than a few weeks. The drug can be habit-forming, meaning you eventually will have trouble sleeping without it.
What happens if you take Ambien and stay awake?
People who take Ambien and force themselves to stay awake are much more likely to perform unconscious actions and not remember them. Other side effects of Ambien abuse might include: Amnesia. Muscle weakness.
Does Ambien shorten your life?
Hypnotic sleeping pills could even shorten your life: A 2012 study published in Pharmacology and Therapeutics found that use of hypnotics such as Ambien and Restoril is associated with a nearly five-fold increased risk of early death.
Is zolpidem bad for your kidneys?
Zolpidem (applies to Ambien) renal dysfunction
Moderate Potential Hazard, Low plausibility. Zolpidem is extensively metabolized by the liver and subsequently excreted in the urine, primarily as metabolites.
What is the best alternative to Ambien?
Pharmaceutical alternatives to Ambien include Lunesta, Restoril, Silenor, Rozerem, antidepressants and over-the-counter antihistamines. Melatonin is a natural sleep aid to discuss with your doctor.
Can Ambien cause brain damage?
An increased risk of falls resulting in brain injury and hip fracture has been observed in those taking zolpidem. This is especially true for folks 65 and older.
Is zolpidem bad for your liver?
(Review of efficacy and safety of zolpidem for insomnia based on 13 postmarketing studies in more than 61,000 patients states: “Zolpidem does not have any adverse effects on liver, cardiovascular, or renal function“).
How long is it safe to take zolpidem?
Is it safe to take for a long time? Zolpidem should only be used short term (usually up to 4 weeks) for sleep problems. This is because your body can become dependent on it. See a doctor if you feel you need to take it for longer than 4 weeks.