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Zolpidem Sublingual Tablet

Drug Interactions

Zolpidem sublingual tablets may react with several other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Zolpidem Sublingual Tablet).
 

What If I Overdose on This Medicine?

An overdose with zolpidem sublingual tablets can be quite dangerous. If you happen to overdose on this medication, seek immediate medical attention.
 
(Click Intermezzo Overdose for more information.)
 

How Does It Work?

Zolpidem sublingual tablets belong to a class of medications called sedative/hypnotics, which are more commonly known as sleep medicines. It is thought that this product works by binding to certain receptors in the brain known as benzodiazepine receptors. It should be noted that zolpidem sublingual tablets are not a benzodiazepine drug and are not chemically related to benzodiazepines, even though they bind to the same receptors.
 

When and How to Take This Medication

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with zolpidem sublingual tablets include the following:
 
  • This medication comes in the form of a sublingual tablet. It is dissolved under the tongue; do not swallow it whole. It is thought that this helps improve the absorption of the medication, making it work faster.
 
  • Taking zolpidem sublingual tablets with or immediately after food will make the medication work more slowly.
 
  • Do not take this medicine unless you can get at least four (for Intermezzo) or seven to eight (for Edluar) more hours of sleep before you must wake up.
 
  • Keep the tablet in the pouch until just before use. Take the dose while in bed, and leave the empty pouch on your nightstand or another spot where you will see it later. Sometimes, people who take sleep medications forget they have taken a dose because of the medication's effect on memory.
 
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval.
 

Zolpidem Sublingual Tablet Information

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