ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE - zolpidem tartrate tablet, film coated 
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MEDICATION GUIDE

Zolpidem Tartrate Tablets, USP C-IV

Read the Medication Guide that comes with zolpidem tartrate before you start taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.


What is the most important information I should know about zolpidem tartrate?

Zolpidem tartrate may cause serious side effects, including:

Call your healthcare provider right away if you find out that you have done any of the above activities after taking zolpidem tartrate.

Do not take zolpidem tartrate if you:

What is zolpidem tartrate?

Zolpidem tartrate is a sedative-hypnotic (sleep) medicine. Zolpidem tartrate is used in adults for the short-term treatment of a sleep problem called insomnia (trouble falling asleep).

It is not known if zolpidem tartrate is safe and effective in children under the age of 18 years.


Zolpidem tartrate is a federally controlled substance (C-IV) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep zolpidem tartrate in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away zolpidem tartrate may harm others, and is against the law. Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever abused or have been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.

What is zolpidem tartrate? 

  • Do not take zolpidem tartrate if you are allergic to zolpidem or any other ingredients in zolpidem tartrate. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in zolpidem tartrate.
  • Do not take zolpidem tartrate if you have had an allergic reaction to drugs containing zolpidem, such as Ambien CR, Edluar, Zolpimist, or Intermezzo.

Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to zolpidem can include:

 

  • swelling of your face, lips, and throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing

 

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking zolpidem tartrate?

Zolpidem tartrate
may not be right for you. Before starting zolpidem tartrate, tell your healthcare provider about all of your health conditions, including if you:

  • have a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts
  • have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction
  • have kidney or liver disease
  • have a lung disease or breathing problems
  • are pregnant, planning to become pregnant. It is not known if zolpidem tartrate will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Zolpidem tartrate can pass into your breast milk. It is not known if zolpidem tartrate will harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby while you take zolpidem tartrate.

 Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.

Medicines can interact with each other, sometimes causing serious side effects. Do not take zolpidem tartrate with other medicines that can make you sleepy unless your healthcare provider tells you to.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.


How should I take
zolpidem tartrate? 

  • See “What is the most important information I should know about zolpidem tartrate?”
  • Take zolpidem tartrate exactly as prescribed. Only take 1 zolpidem tartrate tablet a night if needed.
  • Do not take zolpidem tartrate if you drank alcohol that evening or before bed.
  • You should not take zolpidem tartrate with or right after a meal. Zolpidem tartrate may help you fall asleep faster if you take it on an empty stomach.
  • Call your healthcare provider if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem.
  • If you take too much zolpidem tartrate or overdose, get emergency treatment.

What are the possible side effects of zolpidem tartrate?

Zolpidem tartrate
may cause serious side effects, including:

  • getting out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing. See “What is the most important information I should know about zolpidem tartrate?
  • abnormal thoughts and behavior. Symptoms include more outgoing or aggressive behavior than normal, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, worsening of depression, and suicidal thoughts or actions.
  • memory loss
  • anxiety
  • severe allergic reactions. Symptoms include swelling of the tongue or throat, and trouble breathing. Get emergency medical help if you get these symptoms after taking zolpidem tartrate.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the above side effects or any other side effects that worry you while using zolpidem tartrate.

The most common side effects of
zolpidem tartrate are: 

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • diarrhea
  • grogginess or feeling as if you have been drugged

After you stop taking a sleep medicine, you may have symptoms for 1 to 2 days such as: 

  • trouble sleeping
  • nausea
  • flushing
  • lightheadedness
  • uncontrolled crying
  • vomiting
  • stomach cramps
  • panic attack
  • nervousness
  • stomach area pain

These are not all the side effects of zolpidem tartrate. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information.

Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


How should I store
zolpidem tartrate? 

  • Store zolpidem tartrate at room temperature 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F).

Keep zolpidem tartrate and all medicines out of reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of
zolpidem tartrate

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use zolpidem tartrate for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not share zolpidem tartrate with other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them and it is against the law.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about zolpidem tartrate. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about zolpidem tartrate that is written for healthcare professionals.

For more information, call 1-800-206-7821.

What are the ingredients in zolpidem
tartrate tablets?

Active Ingredient:
Zolpidem tartrate


Inactive Ingredients:
lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Manufactured for: Northstar Rx LLC,
                            Memphis, TN 38141
                            Toll Free: 1-800-206-7821


Manufactured by:  Aurobindo Pharma Limited
                            Unit-VII (SEZ),
                            Mahaboob Nagar (Dt)
                            AP-509302, INDIA

M.L.No: 22/MN/AP/2009/F/G

Revised: 05/2013

Revised: 07/2013
 
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