Ambien (zolpidem) is a drug that it used to treat insomnia (a
sleep disorder that makes it very difficult for an individual to sleep or stay
asleep). Ambien belongs to a class of drugs that are known as sedative hypnotic
and they usually work by slowing down the activity of the brain thus allowing
the patient to sleep.
Ambien dosage for adult
The recommended initial dosage for adults is 5 mg for women
and 5- 10 mg for men. This drug needs to be taken once a day immediately
before the patient goes to bed. The patient must also allocate at least 7-8 hours
of sleep if he/she is planning to take this drug. If the 5 mg does not give the
desired effect to the patient, the dosage can be increased to 10 mg. However, total
dosage for Ambien in adults should not exceed 10 mg and should only be taken once
per day before the patient goes to bed. In addition to that, adult are also required
to take this medication as a single does. This means that they should not be
taken in small portions. The recommended dosage for men and women actually differs
because unlike men, zolpidem clearance for women is lower.
Ambien dosage for special population
Debilitated or elderly patients can be sensitive to this drug.
As a results, the recommended dosage for special population is 5 mg once daily
and should be taken before the patient goes to bed. The same dosage is also
recommend for patients with mild or moderate hepatic impairment. Necessary adjustments
need to be made if Ambien is taken together with other CND depressant drugs.
To get the best results when taking this drug, it is advised
that you should flow all directions as prescribed by the manufacturer. You
should not take this drug for a longer period than prescribed or in larger