Zolpidem is a sleep medicine that works very quickly, so make sure you are ready for sleep before taking it. Dosing guidelines should be followed carefully to ensure a safe treatment process, and Zolpidem should not be used for more than one to two weeks.
The dose of zolpidem (Ambien®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Your sex
- Other medical conditions you may have (see Precautions and Warnings for Zolpidem)
- Other medications you may be currently taking (see Drug Interactions With Zolpidem).
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage of zolpidem unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
This article refers to short-acting zolpidem tablets (Ambien). For other forms, see Edluar Dosage or Intermezzo Dosage (for zolpidem sublingual tablets), Zolpimist Dosage (for zolpidem oral spray), or Ambien CR Dosage (for zolpidem extended-release tablets).
For women, the standard recommended dosage of zolpidem is 5 mg at bedtime. For men, the recommended dosage is 5 to 10 mg at bedtime. For people who have liver disease, are older adults, or are taking other medicines that affect the brain, the recommended starting dosage may be zolpidem 5 mg.