CAS Registry Number 99294-93-6
The elderly are more sensitive to the effects of hypnotics including
zolpidem. Zolpidem causes an increased risk of falls and may induce
cognitive adverse effectsUse of zolpidem may impair driving skills with a
resultant increased risk of road traffic accidents. This adverse effect is
not unique to zolpidem but also occurs with other hypnotic drugs. Caution
should be exercised by motor vehicle drivers
When sleep medications are used every night for more than a few weeks, some
may lose their effectiveness. Remember, too, that you can become dependent
on some sleep medications if you use them for a long time or at high doses.
Some people using Zolpidem Tartrate —especially those taking
serotonin-boosting antidepressants—have experienced unusual changes in their
thinking and/or behavior. Alert your doctor if you notice a change.
Zolpidem Tartrate and other sleep medicines can cause a special type
of memory loss. It should not be taken on an overnight airplane flight of
less than 7 to 8 hours, since "traveler's amnesia" may occur.
When you first start taking Zolpidem Tartrate , until you know whether the
medication will have any "carry over" effect the next day, use extreme care
while doing anything that requires complete alertness, such as driving a car
or operating machinery. Older adults, in particular, should be aware that
they may be more apt to fall.
Use Zolpidem Tartrate cautiously if you have liver problems. It will
take longer for its effects to wear off.
If you take Zolpidem Tartrate for more than 1 or 2 weeks, consult your
doctor before stopping. Sudden discontinuation of a sleep medicine can bring
on withdrawal symptoms ranging from unpleasant feelings to vomiting and
When taking Zolpidem Tartrate , do not drink alcohol. It can increase the
drug's side effects.
If you have breathing problems, they may become worse when you use Zolpidem