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How should I take zolpidem?

Take zolpidem as prescribed by your doctor. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part of the directions you do not understand. If you are taking the extended-release tablets, make sure to take them whole. Never split, chew, or crush extended-release tablets. Do not take zolpidem with meals or immediately after a meal. Do not drink alcohol while taking zolpidem.

Zolpidem will make you sleepy soon after you take it. Only take zolpidem when you can go to bed immediately and remain in bed for seven to eight hours. You may have memory problems if you get up before you have slept seven hours after taking zolpidem. Zolpidem is a short-term treatment. After stopping zolpidem, you may have sleep problems for two weeks or longer. If you take zolpidem for a long time, you may also become dependent on it. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking zolpidem for two weeks or longer. Do not take zolpidem in larger doses, more frequently, or for a longer period than your doctor prescribes.

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