How to Be Safe When Taking Zolpidem

Sedative and hypnotic medications such as Zolpidem are prone to abuse or overdosing. The drug is usually prescribed to be taken for not more than two weeks. It comes in two strengths and the choice of which one is the right for you will be determined by your physician depending on your health condition.

Signs and symptoms of overdose:

Overdose is a big possibility if you take Zolpidem together with or in combination with central nervous system (CNS) depressants. You may experience consciousness impairment, coma, somnolence or compromise your respiratory or cardiovascular system.

If you have experienced some of the signs of overdose, symptomatic measures should be taken. Intravenous fluids are commonly administered on patients that overdosed on Zolpidem. Flumazenil is shown to reduce the sedative hypnotic effect of the drug and can be considered in the treatment. However, neurological symptoms such as convulsions are reported in some cases wherein flumazenil was administered to an overdosed patient.

In cases of overdose, whether it be Zolpidem or other medications, constant monitoring of pulse, respiration, blood pressure and other vital signs is important. Appropriate medical intervention and monitoring are needed for CNS depression and hypotension. It is recommended that no sedating drugs should be administered to a patient following zolpidem overdose.

Precautionary measures:

Zolpidem and other sedative/hypnotic drugs can help you improve your sleeping cycle if you follow instructions provided in the label. Never share Zolpidem with others if they are not prescribed to take it. Use the drug accordingly and not for treatment of other health conditions.

If you have other medical conditions such as allergies or if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding, make sure that you share this information to your doctor. This drug is not advisable to be taken by people under eighteen years of age. For elderly people, small doses of Zolpidem are usually prescribed, with close monitoring.

You may experience adverse reactions from this drug. Common effects are vertigo, confusion, headache, abdominal pain, upper respiratory infection, double vision, defective muscular coordination, fatigue, euphoria, abnormal dreaming, lethargy, diarrhea, dry mouth, depression, daytime drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, painful digestion and nausea. Consult your doctor immediately if one or more of these symptoms persist.

Some rare effects of the drug include illusions, eye pain, glaucoma, anemia, abnormal thinking, acute kidney failure, inflammation of tendon, vein, nerve or artery, heart hemorrhoids, heart attack, decreased sex drive, dementia, breast pain, altered salivation, bronchial spasm and herpes simplex. See you physician immediately if you experience any of these adverse reactions. Do not take it upon yourself to make a decision to stop taking the drug without consulting your doctor first.