Ambien is a medication or sedative taken by people who have difficulty of sleeping at night. This drug is also called a hypnotic, as it treats people with insomnia.
Ambien should be taken before you go to bed and wish to sleep for 7-8 hours as the drug wears off after this time frame. Waking up before this will lead to drowsiness and memory problems.
To take the sedative properly, you have to consume it on an empty stomach as your doctor tells you. Do not take it if you are pregnant, or breast feeding, as it can pass into the milk and harm the nursing baby. Do follow the instructions on the label and never take the medicine in large amounts or for a longer time prescribed to you by the doctor.
Ambien should never be taken by anyone below the age of 18, or by someone with lactose intolerance, asthma, liver disease, mental illness, depression, or drug addiction. It should be avoided if you have a shorter span of a 7-8 hour sleep.
Ambien is for short-term use only, and should not be taken for more than 4-5 weeks.