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What Is Zolpidem Sublingual Tablet Used For?

Healthcare providers may prescribe zolpidem sublingual tablets to adults with insomnia. The medication is approved for use in people who have trouble falling asleep, as well as people who wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble getting back to sleep. Possible "off-label" uses of zolpidem sublingual tablets include treating other types of insomnia.

An Overview of Uses for Zolpidem Sublingual Tablets

The zolpidem sublingual tablet (Edluar®, Intermezzo®) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of insomnia. It comes in two forms: a higher-dose formulation used at bedtime (Edluar), and a lower-dose formulation used in the middle of the night (Intermezzo). 

What Is Insomnia?

It is not unusual to have trouble sleeping from time to time. However, if you feel that you do not get enough sleep or cannot obtain satisfying sleep, you could possibly have a sleep disorder called insomnia. Some symptoms of insomnia include:
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Non-refreshing sleep.
There are several types of insomnia, which vary depending on how long the insomnia lasts and how often it occurs. These types include:
  • Acute insomnia (short-term)
  • Transient insomnia (comes and goes)
  • Chronic insomnia (long-term).
Because of its low dosage and fast-acting formulation, Intermezzo tablets are used to help people get back to sleep after waking up in the middle of the night. To make sure you will be able to function well in the morning, make sure to take this sleep medicine only if you have at least four hours before you must wake up. If you take it too close to morning, you may be very groggy when you need to be awake and functioning.
Because of the higher dosage, Edluar tablets are used at bedtime and should only be used when you can get a full night of rest (seven to eight hours of sleep).
(Click Insomnia Causes for more information.)

Zolpidem Sublingual Tablet Information

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