The oral tablet comes in three forms: immediate-release, extended-release, and sublingual. The immediate-release form releases the drug into your body right away. The extended-release form releases the drug into your body slowly. The sublingual tablet dissolves under your tongue. All forms of zolpidem oral tablets are also available as generic drugs. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as the brand-name drug.
I am 70, have had sleep problems, and have started to take Ambien every night. It seems to be working very well. Is it okay if I keep on taking it? When Ambien the generic name is zolpidem was approved by the FDA in the early s, it was supposed to be an improvement over the benzodiazepines like lorazepam Ativan and triazolam Halcion because it acted in a more targeted way and didn’t stay in the body as long. Other nonbenzodiazepines were subsequently approved, including Sonata zaleplon and Lunesta eszopiclone. But when I see patients who are taking Ambien, they have usually gotten the prescription elsewhere, because I am reluctant to prescribe it. As a geriatrician, I treat older patients, and sleeping pills, in general, are problematic for older people. They lead to grogginess the next day and may contribute to cognitive problems, poor balance, and falls.
Many things can make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep here and there. But trouble falling asleep consistently is known as insomnia. If insomnia routinely keeps you from getting restful sleep, you should see your doctor. They may recommend changes to your sleeping habits or lifestyle.