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Zolpidem - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Zolpidem

Generic Name : Zolpidem
Pronunciation : zole-PI-dem
Latest prescription information about Zolpidem. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y49.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Antipsychotics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Zolpidem

India : 


International : 


Why is Zolpidem Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a sedative-hypnotic, prescribed for insomnia (sleeplessness).  It works by slowing activity in the brain to allow sleep.


When should Zolpidem not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with severe liver impairment, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Zolpidem?

Adult- The recommended dose is 12.5 mg once daily immediately before bedtime.

How should Zolpidem be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, on an empty stomach.

What are the warnings and precautions for Zolpidem?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney or liver problems, lung or breathing problems (e.g chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], sleep apnea), myasthenia gravis, metabolism problems, heart or blood pressure problems, or very poor health, mental problems (e.g depression), suicidal thoughts or behaviors, or alcohol or substance abuse or addiction, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Avoid alcohol consumption.

• It should not be used in children.

What are the side effects of Zolpidem?

   Infections : Influenza and stomach flu.
   Metabolic : Appetite disorder.
   Central Nervous system : Headache, drowsiness, dizziness, memory disorders, balance disorder, disturbance in attention, incoordination, tingling, hallucinations, disorientation, anxiety, depression, psychomotor retardation, binge eating, depersonalization, loss of inhibition, emotion, mood swings and stress symptoms.
   Eye and ENT : Visual disturbances, redness, blurred vision, unsteadiness and ringing in the ear.
   Respiratory : Throat irritation.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, constipation, abdominal discomfort, abdominal tenderness, frequent bowel movements, gastroesophageal reflux disease and vomiting.
   Skin : Rash, skin wrinkling and hives.
   Musculoskeletal : Back pain, muscle pain, neck pain and menstrual cramps.
   General disorders : Fatigue, weakness, chest discomfort, increased body temperature, blood pressure and bruising.

What are the other precautions for Zolpidem?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Zolpidem?

Store between 15°-25°C.

Learn more about Zolpidem's interaction with Alcohol

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ysm82, Malaysia

how do i purchase this? i'm looking for 1,000 tablet

alia, India

I want to know the procedure to order this online.



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