Ambien will make you fall asleep.
Never take this medication during your normal
waking hours, unless you have a full 7 to 8 hours to dedicate to sleeping.
You may be more likely to have amnesia (forgetfulness) if you cannot get a full 7 to 8
hours of sleep after taking Ambien. You may also be at an increased risk of accident
or injury if you attempt to drive or operate machinery after taking Ambien without
having enough sleep time afterward.
Ambien can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions.
You may still feel sleepy the morning after taking the medication. Until you know how
this medication will affect you during waking hours,
be careful if you drive,
operate machinery, pilot an airplane, or do anything that requires you to be awake
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Ambien. It can increase some of the
side effects of Ambien, including drowsiness.
Do not take other medicines that make you sleepy such as:
- cold medicine
- pain medication
- muscle relaxants
- medicine for depression or anxiety
You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking Ambien after taking it over
several days in a row. Do not stop taking Ambien suddenly without first talking
to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Ambien may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was
prescribed for. Ambien should never be shared with another person, especially
someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure
place where others cannot get to it.