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Zolpidem

Zolpidem, which can also be prescribed as the branded medicine Ambien, is a fast acting sleeping tablet. It is prescribed primarily to help with temporary and short-term sleep problems, such as difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. Zolpidem is also sold as Ambien and Stilnoct. 

See Zolpidem Tablets Patient Information Leaflet

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The hypnotics prescribing policy can be found here.

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Zolpidem, which can also be prescribed as the branded medicine Ambien, is a fast acting sleeping tablet. It is prescribed primarily to help with temporary and short-term sleep problems, such as difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. Zolpidem is also sold as Ambien and Stilnoct. 

See Zolpidem Tablets Patient Information Leaflet

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What is Zolpidem and what does it do?

Zolpidem, which can also be prescribed as the branded medicine Ambien, is a fast acting sleeping tablet. It is prescribed primarily to help with temporary and short term sleep problems, such as difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep.

Zolpidem belongs to a group of medicines called hypnotics. It works by affecting the GABA receptors in the brain. GABA is an acid that is found naturally in the body where it has a sedative effect. When taken orally, Zolpidem increases the sedative effect of GABA.

When is Zolpidem prescribed?

Zolpidem and Ambien may be prescribed to help patients with short term insomnia. In short, insomnia is a condition affecting sleep and the quality of sleep. Symptoms of insomnia may include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep.
  • Waking up several times during the night.
  • Waking up early in the morning and not being able to go back to sleep.
  • Not feeling refreshed when getting up.
  • Feeling tired during the day and having difficulty concentrating.

Zolpidem should be prescribed for short term use only.

Is Zolpidem suitable for my condition?

Our doctor will use the information you provide through the medical questionnaire to determine whether Zolpidem is right for you. Certain conditions and medicines may affect the suitability of this treatment, so it is important that you answer all of the doctor’s questions when you request your prescription.

Zolpidem may not be prescribed

if any of the following applies to you:

  • If you are allergic to Zolpidem, Ambien or any of the ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.
  • If you have sleep apnoea.
  • If you have a problem that causes severe muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis).
  • If you have breathing difficulties.
  • If you have severe liver problems.
  • If you are under the age of 18.

Note: Dependence has been reported in a small number of patients. It is important that you tell the doctor through the medical questionnaire if you: have a personality disorder, have ever been or are currently being treated for drug or alcohol abuse or think you may not be able to stop taking Zolpidem to treat your sleep problems.


What is the recommended dosage of Zolpidem?

You should follow the doctor’s instructions on how to take this medicine. The doses outlined below is for your reference only. Swallow the tablets whole with a small glass of water just before bedtime.

Never exceed the stated dose.


Zolpidem doses for adults:

The usual dose is 1 tablet (10mg) before bedtime.


Zolpidem doses for elderly or frail people

The usual dose is half a tablet (5mg) before bedtime.

Zolpidem tablets are NOT recommended for children or adolescents under the age of 18.


Does Zolpidem cause any side effects?

All medicines can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Common side effects from taking Zolpidem and Ambien include:

  • Feeling sick or being sick (vomiting).
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Headache.
  • Poor memory since taking Zolpidem (amnesia)
  • Nightmares.

You should follow the doctor’s advice on how to stop taking Zolpidem. Usually, the doctor will lower your dose before stopping the treatment. If you stop taking the tablets without first lowering the dose, you may experience withdrawal symptoms.

Can I reduce the risk of getting side effects?

Yes. Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before use as this can help reduce the risk of side effects and interactions between medicines. Below are a few things you can do:

  • Do not drink alcohol while taking Zolpidem.
  • While filling in the medical questionnaire, remember to include any other medicines you are taking. Zolpidem can affect how other medicines work, so it is important that you tell our doctors about all medicine you take. Remember to include any over the counter medication and supplements.
  • Take the tablets exactly as the doctor has instructed you to.

How do I buy Zolpidem online?

To legally and safely buy Zolpidem online you need a prescription from a GMC (General Medical Council) registered doctor. Our online doctor service allows you to request a prescription through a medical questionnaire.

Once you have chosen your medicine and submitted the questionnaire, it will be reviewed by one of our doctors. If suitable, the doctor will accept your request and a prescription will be issued.

Your medicine will then be dispensed by our UK pharmacy and sent by tracked delivery to your chosen address. Your medicine is usually dispatched within 24 hours after ordering.

Dosage instructions
Take HALF to ONE tablet infrequently at night, the duration of treatment should be 2-5 days for transient insomnia. Short term use ONLY.