Can Zolpidem Help with Insomnia?

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Dec 28, 20221 min read

Can Zolpidem Help with Insomnia?

What is Zolpidem?

Zolpidem is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called non-benzodiazepines. It is used to treat insomnia, specifically difficulty falling asleep. According to University of Rochester research, it is quite effective.

The drug works by activating specific receptors in the brain that help to promote sleep. It is available in immediate-release and extended-release formulations. The immediate-release formulation is intended for use as needed to help with sleep, while the extended-release formulation is taken once daily to help with sleep maintenance.

Effectiveness of Zolpidem in Treating Insomnia

Zolpidem is considered to be effective, particularly with difficulty falling asleep. In clinical trials, zolpidem has been shown to improve sleep onset and sleep maintenance in people with insomnia. However, it is important to note that the effectiveness of zolpidem may vary from person to person. Some people may find that it is effective in improving their sleep, while others may not experience the same benefits.

Potential Side Effects of Zolpidem

Like all meds, it can cause side effects. Some common ones are dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. These side effects are usually mild and may go away on their own as one’s body adjusts to the medication.

It’s important to be aware of the potential for side effects and to report any concerns to your healthcare provider.

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Andreas Meistad

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