Do you have sleepless, restless nights? Your daily life has been hampered because of your messed up sleeping schedule? Or You are diagnosed by insomnia! Now, you are ready to jump onto drugs as long as it helps you lull to sleep. “Ambien” is widely popular these days, but before starting your mission to get some sleep, take a look at what Ambien has on the table. Here we will let you know 5 essential things before taking ambien.

1. Breaking Ambien Medically

Ambien has a chemical known as Zolpidem Tartrate, which is a sedative that creates a chemical effect in a person’s brain and puts them to sleep. They belong to the class of drugs named Sedative-Hypnotics. Ambien is an immediate-release form of Zolpidem that helps you fall asleep within 30 minutes. The extended-release form of Zolpidem is Ambien CR, which has a first layer that breaks quickly to make you fall asleep. And a second layer that slowly makes sure you stay asleep; you might wake up in the middle of night but you will be able to go back to sleep peacefully.

2. Zolpidem Turning Generic

Sanofi Aventis is the original manufacturer of brand-name Ambien. But, ever since it went generic in 2007, many drug makers have come up with their own generic versions. These companies include Mylan Pharmaceuticals, TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Roxane Laboratories, Watson Laboratories, Ranbaxy Laboratories, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Apotex, Synthon Pharmaceuticals, Genpharm, Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Carlsbad Technology, and Lek Pharmaceuticals. This had made the price drop and competition tough.

3. Save Bucks, Shop Smart

The supply of 100 tablets of generic Ambien oral tablet, 5 mg is around $1,951, which is roughly $19.51 per unit. The minimum GoodRx price for the most common version of generic Ambien is around $8.48. Generic Zolpidem is mostly covered by Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or costing may be cheaper.

4. Taking the right amount into consideration

Doctors’ recommendations may vary for men and women or depending on their condition. It is not advised for children and can be harmful if mishandled. Following the guidance provided by doctors should be considered in the account before starting the medication. Never use Ambien in a larger amount than prescribed or for a longer time as it could be addicting or could lead to deaths. Taking Ambien 30 minutes before sleep is preferable and only if you can spare yourself a proper 7-8 hours of sleep. It is advised to not take up any task that requires alertness or physical strength just after being awake, as the drug causes amnesia and takes time for the effect to wear off.

5.  Ambien, a Boon or Bane

While Ambien has proven to work magic for insomniac people; it has its own downside. Ambien may cause a drastic allergic reaction when we are not following the proper guidelines such as hives, difficulties in breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongues and throat. It may also cause utter confusion; paranoid feelings, displacement, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and one can become heavily dependent on it. It is hard to tell if one should immediately start with Ambien or not, but getting professional help is indeed a good idea. A doctor knows your body and condition well, so always consult them and follow their advice.

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