Stilnoct tablets 5mg Why do I need this medicine? Zolpidem is a sleeping pill. It helps you sleep if you have problems sleeping (a condition known as insomnia).
How do I take this medicine? Take Zolpidem exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Do not take Zolpidem for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor.
It is not advisable to take Zolpidem long-term. See your doctor if Zolpidem does not seem to help you.
Take Zolpidem on an empty stomach, just before going to bed. It should take effect almost immediately. Try not to take Zolpidem with food as it may take a longer time to take effect.
You should take Zolpidem only when you have problems sleeping and when you are able to sleep for 7-8 hours without being interrupted.
If you have been taking Zolpidem over a certain period of time, do not stop taking Zolpidem suddenly as this may cause withdrawal symptoms such as headache, restlessness, confusion, depression and anxiety. Your doctor will reduce the dose of Zolpidem gradually before stopping it completely. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Some people may experience rebound insomnia (problems sleeping without taking Zolpidem) for the first 1-2 nights after stopping Zolpidem. This is usually temporary. What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine? Zolpidem is used to help you sleep. You may not need to take it everyday. Take it only when you need it. If you miss a dose, take it at your next scheduled dose.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
DO NOT take a second dose, even if you are not able to sleep through the night. Can I take this with other medicines? Alert your doctor quickly if you are taking any of these medicines:
- other sleeping pills
- any medicines that cause drowsiness such as opioid (morphine-like) painkillers, antihistamines and medicines for mood and personality problems
- antifungal medicines such as ketoconazole
- TB medicines such as rifampicin
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription. How should I store this medicine? Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
When should I not use this medicine? Alert your doctor if you have lung or breathing problems such as sleep apnea, myasthenia gravis, any mood or psychiatric problems, or if you are at risk of falls.
Do not give Zolpidem to children younger than 18 years old. What should I take note of while using this medicine? Alert your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease.
Alert your doctor if you are an alcoholic or if you have a history of drug abuse.
Alert your doctor if you have depression or a history of depression.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while taking Zolpidem.
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Take Zolpidem only when you need to. Try not to make a habit of relying on Zolpidem to help you sleep. Zolpidem should only be used for a short period of time. Do not take Zolpidem for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor.
Practise good sleeping habits to reduce reliance on sleeping pills. These are some good sleeping habits which you should follow:
- Try to relax before bedtime. Do not engage in strenuous activities.
- Try to go to bed at about the same time every night.
- Have a light dinner. A heavy dinner may disturb your sleep.
- Avoid caffeine in the evening. Caffeine-containing food and drink include coffee, tea, certain soft drinks and even chocolate.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before bedtime.
- Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and airy.
- Avoid taking naps especially in the late afternoon. Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take? Avoid alcohol as this may increase the drowsiness caused by Zolpidem.
What side effects could I experience? Zolpidem may cause drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision. Do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Zolpidem may also cause some memory loss, headache, diarrhea, nausea, stomach discomfort and muscle ache. It may also cause abnormal sleep activities such as driving, cooking, eating and walking while you are still asleep.
Zolpidem may cause aggressiveness, restlessness, irritability, hallucinations, nightmares and fast or irregular heartbeat in some people. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of these symptoms.
Alert your doctor immediately if you develop allergic reactions such as breathlessness, rashes, swelling of the tongue, throat, face or eyes.