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General Facts About Zolpidem

Zolpidem is a common name that has caused quite a stir in the addiction circles. Though this sedative drug is mainly prescribed as anti-convulsant and as a stress reliever, the numbers of cases of its addiction have been constantly on the rise. To create general awareness, we have listed down some plain facts about zolpidem in the course of this article. Keep reading.

Alternative names

In addition to zolpidem, this drug is commonly referred to by the following brand names: Zolpimist, Ambien, Adormix, Damixan, Edluar, Lioran, Ivedal, Nytamel, Mysless, Stilnoct, Sanval, Zoldem and Zolpihexal.

Available Formulas

By prescription, Zolpidem is available in oral spray and 10 mg/ 5 mg tables. The oral spray, also referred to as Zolpimists, is easily absorbed into the blood stream and thus is seen as the most effective solution to severe ailements. Doctors recommend that this drug is taken at bed-time (without food) to induce sleep.

Facts about Zolpidem Addiction

A recent study conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health stated that over 600000 American residents are addicted to this drug. The survey further indicated that the impact of its addiction is more prevalent among young adults.

Common Zolpidem Side Effects

Some of the commonly known zolpidem side effects include (but not limited to) the following: drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, headache and tiredness. In extreme cases, addicted people may suffer from severe allergic reactions which may lead to itchiness, development of rashes, difficulties breathing, swelling of several body parts (mouth, lips, face, throat, throat and/or tongue). Other severe effects associated with zolpidem consumption include:

  • Abnormal thinking
  • Behavior changes
  • Confusion
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Severe dizziness
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Suicidal actions
  • Vision chages

Do not take Zolpidem if the following applies to you

  • If you're pregnant or breast-feeding
  • If you're allergic to most foods and medicines
  • If you're on any other medical prescriptions, dietary supplement and herbal
  • If you have lung, liver or kidney problems
  • If you have mental problems, poor health and heart problems.
  • If you're taking sodium oxybate (GHB).

Zolpidem Withdrawal Effects

Some of the common zolpidem withdrawal effects include: seizures, muscle camps, and abnormal shaking. It's recommended that the drug be discontinued gradually.

Zolpidem Addiction

When taken for long periods of time, Zoldipem can lead to addiction and drug tolerance. Though the drug is used recreationally due to its sedative and hallucinogenic effects, addicted people are known to complain of too much sleep (or dizziness). Transition from normal zolpidem consumption to abuse can occur where a patient ignores recommendations. While addiction is highly likely to occur in previous long-term users, dependence can sometimes occur in new users.

Zolpidem is commonly abused in powder or injectible forms. This is seen as a smart way to acquire its benefits within a short period of time.

How to Avoid Addiction

Being a highly addictive drug, zolpidem should be taken with maximum caution. The following guidelines should be followed to avoid addiction.

  • Be sure to read the medication guide accompanying your package of zolpidem.
  • Zolpidem should only be taken orally. One should avoid taking it right after meals as this may reduce its effectiveness.
  • Follow your doctor's advice to the letter and do not consume more than 1 dose on the same night.
  • Avoid handling the drug with damp hands.
  • Be sure to take your daily dose at least 4 hours before sleep time. You can compile a time chart to follow this rule obediently.
  • Keep the pouch closed until you're ready to take your dosage. Leaving the pouch open for long may negatively affect the effectiveness of this drug.
  • Do not swallow zolpidem tablets whole. Place a tablet under your tongue and leave it to dissolve.

General Facts about Zolpidem

* In case of any queries regarding the consumption, effects and availability of this drug, please consult your doctor.

* Do not share your dose with a friend or a close family member. Each prescription is unique to an individual and should never be shared.

* Be sure to dispose the drug as per your pharmacists advice.

It's our sincere hope that the facts about zolpidem listed above will be useful to your life. Most importantly, we hope that every piece of information shared in this post will inspire you (or a close family member) from the bondage of addiction.

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