Why do I need this medicine?
Zolpidem is a sleeping pill. It helps you sleep if you have problems sleeping (also known as insomnia).
How do I take this medicine?
Take Zolpidem exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Do not take Zolpidem for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor. See your doctor if Zolpidem does not seem to help you.
Take Zolpidem on an empty stomach, just before going to bed. It should take effect almost immediately. Try not to take this medicine with food as it may take a longer time to take effect.
If you are taking the delayed-release, prolonged-release, sutained-release or extended-release type of tablet (may be labelled “ER”), swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.
If you are taking the sublingual type of tablet, do not swallow, chew or crush the tablet; it must be placed under your tongue to be effective.
If you are taking Zolpidem over a certain period of time, do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise as stopping it suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms such as headache, restlessness, confusion, depression and anxiety. Your doctor will reduce the dose of Zolpidem gradually before stopping it completely. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.