How does Ambien work?
Ambien is the brand name of generic version Zolpidem. It is a prescription medication classified under the drug class hypnotics-sedative drugs. It is prescribed in treating a sleeping disorder, insomnia in adults.
Ambien is used to treat Insomnia. It is a type of sleep disorder that makes the patient’s difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep during the night. It works by enhancing the chemicals in the brain that relaxes your mind and body to produce a calming effect. Let us see the detailed working procedure.
The medication works by holding together certain receptors, changing the activity of your brain. Receptors are a protein substance present in the neurotransmitter. A neurotransmitter is the chemical transmitter which is present in thebrain’s neurons.The active ingredients present in the medication are a chemical substance called Zolpidem. The structure of this chemical ingredient is same as the benzodiazepine drug class. But, it is not a benzodiazepine; it holds together the same receptors to get properties of sedative. When Ambien is taken, it enhances the natural chemicals (GABA) gamma-aminobutyric acid present in the brain. This GABA chemical works by reducing and relaxing your brain activity to produce the effect of calm. It comes in two forms those are immediate release and extended release. Ambien immediate release works by relaxing your mind and makes you fall asleep when you go to bed. Ambien CR, the extended release form works by dissolving quickly to fall asleep and slow to stay asleep.
The side effects of Ambien include memory loss, mental health problem, varied thoughts in mind, hallucination, confusion, and anxiety. Taking Ambien with central nervous system depressants can lead to the adverse side effects.
It is generally prescribed for 2 to 3 weeks. Taking it for a long duration can cause the adverse effect on your body. Ambien works fast after 30 minutes of taking it. This medication is taken before going to the bed and not in the daytime.