Zolpidem Tartrate, is it for me?

November 10, 2008

in Sleeping Pills, Zolpidem Tartrate

The Low Down On Zolpidem Tartrate Pills And Their Effects

The effects of consuming sleeping pills are many and a whole lot of research and experiments are being carried out around the world to ascertain the positive and negative aspects that these drugs may have on the human body. The advantages and disadvantages of sleeping pills are however noteworthy from the point of view of their overall effect on the human body.

Taking the advantages first, among all sleeping pills available in the market Zolpidem Tartrate is the most popular form of oral medicine recommended by medical practitioners for any short term treatment of insomnia. This short term treatment may vary from two to six weeks depending on individuals. In fact, as an anti- convulsant and muscle relaxant it has a dramatic effect on the patient. Again, it has been proven in clinical tests that Zolpidem Tartrate when administered in patients in a prolonged vegetative state greatly improves their conditon. This is also the case with persons with brain injuries. It would also be pertinent to point out that Zolpidem Tartrate or Ambien as is it called is a non- benzodiazepine hypnotic drug of white or off white color and is available in 5mg and 10mg pill or powder and is sparingly soluble in water , alcohol and propylene glycol. Ambien has been shown under strict clinical environments to decrease sleep latency for up to 35 days. In a rather strange revelation after a clinical test it has been seen that patients in lesser degrees of coma have recovered to a total conscious state after the administration of Zolpidem.

The disadvantages of Ambien or Zolpidem Tartrate are numerous too. An overdose of this drug can have far reaching side effects on a patient. For instance, too large a dose can depress respiration and even cause death. Zolpidem when taken with alcohol or other depressants can lead to fatal overdose and may cause nightmares, hallucinations, loss of memory, delusion, difficulty in maintaining balance, euphoria an increase in appetite , impaired judgment, vertigo, vomiting, nausea, headache and uninhibited extraneous behavior in social and public gathering. Besides its hallucinogenic and anti-depressant properties has induced a tendency among some young people to deliberately use it for recreational purposes not realizing the fact that prolonged usage could have debilitating effects.

The dose of this drug is mainly individualized. For adults, a 10mg once daily is given just before going to bed. For elderly, debilitated persons, individual’s sensitive to the drug, patients with hepatic insufficiency only 5mg is allowed to be taken. Again dosage is to be adjusted when the drug is combined with CNS depressant drugs.

Although quite a good deal of research is yet to be made for labeling the drug a general success in combating insomnia, it is however an immediate relief to those patients for whom sleep is nearly absent at least for a short term. Yet one needs to be aware that there is a risk of dependency which may in course of time negate the very positive effect of the medicine.

Hope this helps!


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jhellie_baby November 11, 2008 at 7:45 am

Nice review. Thank you for sharing it. It is really necessary to research about the possible side effects and adverse effects before finally buying pills. It is also necessary to consult a physician first.

Keep up the good work and keep the posts coming! 🙂


Lissy November 13, 2008 at 1:12 am

Good article, thanks. From what I hear, most sleeping pills have considerable side effects. This one can depress respiration and even cause death, now, that’s serious. I’d rather stick to natural remedies.


jimmys devoted December 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm

I have to go by the FDA and the PDR and prescribing information for professionals. And from what I am reading and being updated on, the side effects are way too dangerous on the short term as well as the long run. I would rather trade a few hours of sleepiness and find my peak sleep time than take a drug like Lunesata or Ambien that will have withdrawl effects, somnambulance, cataonia, sleep eating and the potential for increased suicide thoughts.


Guruprasad S V April 19, 2012 at 2:25 am

how much dose of zolpidem tartarate will leads to death?


admin April 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

The LD50 demonstrated in animals is about 600-700 mg/kg. Since Ambien comes in a highest dose of 10mg pills, you’d have to ingest over four thousand of them to get to a lethal dose.


Gale Coronel July 4, 2013 at 11:02 am

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