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A 40-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem does ambien (zolpidem) treat?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Insomnia-temporarily: Ambien (zolpidem) is a medication taken at bedtime for insomnia and really has no other use. It is indicated for short term use. I tell patients to take the medication when they are in bed as it can sometimes cause periods of amnesia between when it is taken and when you go to sleep.
Dr. Laura Davies
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Difficulty Sleeping: Ambien (zolpidem) is a prescription medicine that is used after sleep hygiene has failed-- same bedtime, no caffeine after 1pm, exercise but not too close to bedtime, avoiding alcohol. It is also important to make sure there are no other issues such as anxiety or depression, or medical conditions such as thyroid disorders.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Ambien (zolpidem): It works if you take the medicine & put your head down on pillow.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What does Ambien (zolpidem) treat?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Insomnia: Ambien (zolpidem) treats insomnia, but not curatively. It is a symptom management tool only, to be used on a temporary basis. If your insomnia is long-standing, it's best to have a full evaluation. While it may well help you sleep, Ambien (zolpidem) can also be habit-forming.
Last updated Jan 13, 2016


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