Edluar is a prescription sleep aid used for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Specifically, it is approved for people who are having difficulty falling asleep, not people who have trouble staying asleep. The drug comes in the form of a sublingual tablet that is placed under the tongue immediately before bedtime. Potential side effects include headaches, dizziness, and drowsiness.
What Is Edluar?
Edluar® (zolpidem sublingual tablet) is a prescription medication approved for the short-term treatment of insomnia in people with difficulty falling asleep, as opposed to difficulty staying asleep. Like many other sleep medications, it is a controlled substance and may be abused.
Who Makes This Medication?
Edluar is made by Recipharm Stockholm AB for Meda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
How Does Edluar Work?
Edluar is part of a class of drugs called sedative/hypnotics, which are known more commonly as sleep medicines. It is thought that Edluar works by binding to certain receptors in the brain called benzodiazepine receptors. It should be noted that this is not a benzodiazepine drug and is not chemically related to benzodiazepines, even though it binds to the same receptors.
When and How to Take It
General considerations for those taking Edluar include the following:
- This medicine comes in the form of a sublingual tablet. It is placed under the tongue, where it will quickly dissolve, immediately before bedtime.
- Do not chew the Edluar tablet or take it with water. Simply place it under the tongue.
- Taking a dose with food or immediately after eating will make the medication work more slowly. Therefore, it is better to take Edluar on an empty stomach rather than with food.
- Do not take this drug unless you can get a full night of sleep (seven or eight hours).
- For Edluar to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval.