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What should I know before taking zolpidem?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you have a depressive disorder, zolpidem may not be a good option for you.

Because of its potential for abuse, zolpidem may not be a good option for people who have had a substance use problem.

If you have myasthenia gravis, zolpidem may not be a good option for you.

If you have sleep apnea, zolpidem may not be a good option for you.

Zolpidem may not be a good option for women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or who may be pregnant. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women.

If you are over age 65, zolpidem may not be a good option for you.

Zolpidem is not recommended for children and teens under 18 years of age.

Zolpidem is passed into breast milk and may not be a good option for breastfeeding women.

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