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Intermezzo Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is zolpidem (Intermezzo)?
- What are the possible side effects of zolpidem (Intermezzo)?
- What is the most important information I should know about zolpidem (Intermezzo)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking zolpidem (Intermezzo)?
- How should I take zolpidem (Intermezzo)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Intermezzo)?
- What happens if I overdose (Intermezzo)?
- What should I avoid while taking zolpidem (Intermezzo)?
- What other drugs will affect zolpidem (Intermezzo)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Intermezzo)?
Since zolpidem is taken only at bedtime, you will not be on a frequent dosing schedule.
What happens if I overdose (Intermezzo)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of zolpidem can be fatal when it is taken together with other medications that can cause drowsiness.
Overdose symptoms may include sleepiness, confusion, shallow breathing, feeling light-headed, fainting, or coma.
What should I avoid while taking zolpidem (Intermezzo)?
Zolpidem may impair your thinking or reactions. You may still feel sleepy the morning after taking the medication. Wait at least 4 hours or until you are fully awake before you drive, operate machinery, pilot an airplane, or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Avoid taking zolpidem during travel, such as to sleep on an airplane. You may be awakened before the effects of the medication have worn off. Amnesia (forgetfulness) is more common if you do not get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep after taking zolpidem.
What other drugs will affect zolpidem (Intermezzo)?
You may need a lower dose of zolpidem if you take other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxants, and medicine for depression or anxiety). Tell your doctor if you are currently taking any of these medications.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- chlorpromazine (Thorazine);
- itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral);
- rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifater); or
- antidepressants such as imipramine (Tofranil), or sertraline (Zoloft).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with zolpidem. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about zolpidem.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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