Ambien is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders in general. Ambien is also considered to be effective in the treatment of nocturnal awakenings and decreased sleep latency. The active ingredient of Ambien is Zolpidem Tartrate.
Effect of Ambien
On comparison with other drugs used to treat sleep disorders, the effect of Ambien might last up to 8 hours or so after usage enabling you to have a peaceful sound sleep for 7 to 8 hours during the night. The active ingredient in Ambien is absorbed by the digestive tract within 30 to 45 minutes after ingestion, which means the action kicks in very quickly. The effects of Ambien is said to be affected or slowed down when it is consumed during a meal or after the meal. Hence, it is recommended to consume Ambien on an empty stomach.
The average half-life of Ambien is 2.5 hours, where it reaches its peak at 1.5 or 1.6 hours. It is then converted into the inactive form and excreted through the urine completely within 14 hours of consumption.
Ambien Dosage and Uses
Ambien is commonly produced in the tablet form in dosages of 5mg and 10mg. The recommended standard dosage of Ambien is 10mg.
Instructions for Use of Ambien
- For early onset of insomnia, 5-10mg Ambien per day is recommended for consumption in a single dose before bedtime. (Short-term course treatment) (5-12 days)
- For chronic insomnia, 10 to 20mg of Ambien is recommended before bedtime. But the dosage must not exceed 20mg per day. (Prolonged long-term treatment) (more than three weeks)
- Also, the dosages must not be administered more than once in a day.
- Ambien must be consumed only when a person has enough time to sleep before the time of awakening the next day, say 7 to 8 hours.
- Ambien is not recommended for consumption with alcohol and other CNS Depressants.
For the usage of Ambien in special populations like elderlies and people with kidney and lever impairment, doses equal to 5mg or even less is recommended.