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Zolpidem tartrate, is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic of the imidazopyridine class and is available in 5 mg and 10 mg strength tablets for oral administration.

Chemically, zolpidem is N,N,6-trimethyl-2-p-toyl-imidazo(1,2,-a)pyridine-3-acetamide L-(+)-tartrate (2:1).

Zolpidem tartrate is a white to off-white crystalline powder that is sparingly soluble in water, alcohol, and propylene glycol. It has a molecular weight of 764.88.

Each Ambien tablet includes the following inactive ingredients: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, sodium starch glycolate, titanium dioxide; the 5 mg tablet also contains FD&C Red No. 40, iron oxide colorant, and polysorbate 80.


CATEGORIES: Insomnia; DEA Class CIV; FDA Class 1S ("Standard Review"); FDA Approved 1992 Dec; Pregnancy Category B; Top 200 Drugs

FDA Drug Classes: Sedatives/Hypnotics


BRAND NAMES: Ambien; Ivadal; Niotal; Stilnoct; Stilnox
(Foreign Brand names outside U.S. in italics)

Ivadal (France)
Niotal (Italy)
Stilnoct (Belgium; Denmark)
Stilnox (Belgium; Colombia; Czech-Republic; France; Germany; Greece; Hong-Kong; Hungary; Israel; Italy; Korea; Malaysia; Peru; Philippines; South-Africa; Spain; Switzerland; Taiwan)

COST OF THERAPY: $14.98 (Insomnia; Ambien Tablet; 10 mg; 1/day; 7 days)

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