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02391678 Sublinox 5 mg orally disintegrating tablet

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Zolpidem belongs to the class of medications called sedative-hypnotics. It is used for the short-term and symptomatic relief of sleep disturbances. Zolpidem can help with difficulty falling asleep, frequent wake-ups during the night, or early morning awakenings. Zolpidem should usually not be taken for more than 7 to 10 consecutive days. It should only be used if disturbed sleep causes problems functioning during the day.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use this medication?

Women have higher levels of zolpidem in the blood than men when given the same dose. It also takes longer for women for the medication to be cleared from the body. The recommended adult dose of zolpidem is 5 mg for women and 5 mg to 10 mg for men. This medication should be taken just before bedtime when required to help with sleep disturbances. Zolpidem may be habit-forming and should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You should not typically use zolpidem for more than 7 to 10 consecutive days.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Zolpidem disintegrating tablets should be placed under the tongue, where it will dissolve. Do not chew or swallow the tablet and do not take it with water. Sublinox tablets cannot be split.

Do not take zolpidem with food or immediately after a meal. Food slows down the speed at which the medication works, increasing the length of time before the onset of sleep.

If you have been taking this medication regularly for an extended period of time, do not stop taking it suddenly without talking with your doctor.

It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you forget to take your tablet at bedtime, do not take it at any other time or in the middle of the night. Do not take this medication when a full night's sleep (7 to 8 hours) is not possible (i.e., after waking in the middle of the night) or before you would need to be active and functional. Impaired judgment and memory lapses may occur in such situations. Your body needs time to process and get rid of the medication.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

5 mg
Each round, white, flat-faced, bevelled-edged, sublingual tablet, marked with "V" on one side, contains zolpidem 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, mannitol, saccharin sodium, and silicified microcrystalline cellulose.

10 mg
Each round, white, flat-faced, bevelled-edged, sublingual tablet, marked with "X" on one side, contains zolpidem 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, mannitol, saccharin sodium, and silicified microcrystalline cellulose.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take zolpidem if you:

  • are allergic to zolpidem or any ingredients of this medication
  • have a history or a family history of sleepwalking
  • have myasthenia gravis
  • have severe breathing difficulties
  • have severely reduced liver function or liver disease
  • have severe lung or respiratory disease, including sleep apnea



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