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Zolpidem, Ambien

Description

Zolpidem belongs to a class of medicines that effects the central nervous system, called sedative hypnotics. Zolpidem is closely related to a family of drugs called benzodiazepines. These drugs cause sedation, muscle relaxation, act as anti-convulsants (anti-seizure), and have anti-anxiety properties. Zolpidem has selectivity in that it has little of the muscle relaxant or anti-seizure effect and more of the sedative effect. Therefore, it is used as a medication for sleep.

Action

hypnotic (sleeping pill)

Indications

insomnia

Side Effects

amnesia, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, lethargy, nausea/vomiting, withdrawal,

Drug-Vitamin-Herb Interactions


Negative interactions:

5-HTP and St JohnÕs Wort
5-HTP and St JohnÕs Wort increase the risk of hallucinations when combined with serotonin enhancers.

Sedative herbs: Kava, Valerian, Passionflower, Hops, Ashwagandha
Sedative herbs may cause excess sedation.

 

 

 

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