Ambien (zolpidem) is a drug that is 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, adults are also required to take this medication as a single dose. 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 result, the recommended dosage for the special population is 5 mg once daily and should be taken before the patient goes to bed. The same dosage is also recommended 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 amounts.