Oral-tablet-once-a-day Ambien, also known as zolpidem, is a drug that has sedative and hypnotic properties to treat short-term insomnia or difficulty in falling or staying asleep.

Doctors suggest that taking Ambien on an empty stomach at least 15-minutes before you go to bed will improve the effectiveness of this drug. Since this medicine can be habit-forming, it is usually taken 7 to 10 days and no more than two weeks.

Common side effects of Ambien include upset stomach, dry mouth, muscle aches, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or headache.

Ambien is occasionally used to treat other medical conditions, as prescribed by your doctor.

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