Zolpidem is a prescription medication used for the short-term treatment of insomnia, as well as some brain disorders. It is a short-acting nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic that potentiates gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter, by binding to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABAA) receptors at the same location as benzodiazepines. It works quickly (usually within 15 minutes) and has a short half-life (2–3 hours). Trade names of zolpidem include Adormix, Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Damixan, Hypnogen, Ivedal, Lioran, Myslee, Nytamel, Sanval, Somidem, Stilnoct, Stilnox, Stilnox CR, Sucedal, Zoldem, Zolnod and Zolpihexal.

Its hypnotic effects are similar to those of the benzodiazepine class of drugs, but it is molecularly distinct from the classical benzodiazepine molecule and is classified as an imidazopyridine. Flumazenil, a benzodiazepine receptor antagonist, which is used for benzodiazepine overdose, can also reverse zolpidem’s sedative/hypnotic and memory impairing effects.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambien

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  1. link Sharez
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    Progressive numbness taking Ambien.
    I was 52 at the time I took ambien 2-4 times a week for about 6 months (insomnia). I started with numbness and tingling in hands and arms. It was both - 75% more...
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  3. link Dangas10
    irregular heart beats
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    Great Success With Ambien
    Because of chronic back pain and trouble falling asleep due to the discomfort, I began taking Ambien. I have been taking it now for almost 3 years and - 70% more...
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    Ambien sleep apnea, rest of the night, wall to wall, sleep
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    Ruby2zdy- over a year ago - in Ambien
  7. link Lindaharris
    Addictive effects of Ambien
    can Ambien safely be taken by a person who was addicted to narcotics?
    Lindaharris- over a year ago - in Ambien
  8. link Bettylou
    Ambien last straw, sleep
    I tried Ambien several years ago, and it was no help to me. Except for the fact I would go to sleep for about an hour, and wake up, sometimes I would - 70% more...
    Bettylou- over a year ago - in Ambien
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    Ambien cereal box, lunesta, strange things, crumbs, amnesia
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    Terrifriend- over a year ago - in Ambien
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    Ambien itchy eyes
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