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A 19-year-old female asked:

Should i be worried about taking ambien (zolpidem)?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Usually not.: As long as the Ambien (zolpidem) is prescribed and monitored by your physician, there should be no need to worry. Use the medication only as directed and let your doctor know if you experience any adverse effects.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Caution: I don't know about "worried, " but i'd be cautious depending on your reasons for taking it. For instance, many take this for insomnia without looking at why sleep difficulty is happening in the first place. Why was it prescribed for you, what is causing the problem, and what additional things are you working on besides using ambien (zolpidem)?
Dr. Shamshad Haroon
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Very few SeE : Some se like sleep walking sleep talking reading your literature when u get your meds from pharmacist always helps be friends with your pharmacist.

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Could taking Ambien (zolpidem) have given me prostatitis?

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Dr. Matthew Thom
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No: Unaware of any link between Ambien (zolpidem) and prostatitis.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is taking Ambien (zolpidem) during the day dangerous?

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Yes: Yes unless your bedtime not naptime- is during the day.
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Does taking Ambien (zolpidem) with food increase its effectiveness?

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The manufacturer: Recommends taking Ambien (zolpidem) without food.
A 67-year-old female asked:

How does Ambien (zolpidem) affect you and is there any danger of taking it regularly?

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Dr. Peter Forster
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Short term sleep: Ambien (zolpidem) reduces brain activity and allows you to get to sleep somewhat more easily. It has been shown to be moderately helpful in the short term (weeks). In the long run it probably continues to have that effect but there is some evidence that your brain adapts to the medication (reduced effect). Also, there is evidence that all medications like this are associated with increased fall risk.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Just prescribed ambien, (zolpidem) what can I expect when taking this?

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Dr. Jennings Godsy
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Hopefully good dream: Seriously, hopefully some sleep. But, occasionally some people do have problems with it. Most common side effects are headache, dizziness, or drugged feeling. Other side effects include sleepwalking and withdrawal if taken for an extended period of time.

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