Ambien vs. Rozerem

Are Ambien and Rozerem the Same Thing?

Ambien (zolpidem) and Rozerem (ramelteon) are sedative/hypnotics used to treat insomnia.

A difference is that unlike some other sleep medications, Rozerem is not known to be habit-forming.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Ambien?

Common side effects of Ambien include:

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Ambien including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Rozerem?

Common side effects of Rozerem include:

  • dizziness,
  • tiredness,
  • daytime drowsiness,
  • nausea, or
  • worsening sleep problems.

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Rozerem including:

QUESTION

What is insomnia? See Answer

What is Ambien?

Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative/hypnotic used for treating insomnia.

What is Rozerem?

Rozerem (ramelteon) is a hypnotic type sedative used to treat insomnia that is associated with having trouble falling asleep. Unlike some other sleep medications, Rozerem is not known to be habit-forming.

What Drugs Interact With Ambien?

Ambien may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (such as cold medicines, pain medications, muscle relaxants, and medicines for depression, anxiety, or seizures) or antidepressants.

Ambien may also interact with alcohol, chlorpromazine, itraconazole, ketoconazole, or rifampin.

Insomnia symptoms may also return after you stop taking Ambien. These symptoms may seem to be worse than before you started taking Ambien.

What Drugs Interact With Rozerem?

Rozerem may interact with rifampin, or antifungal medications.

Rozerem may also interact with primaquine, thabendazole, antibiotics, or heart rhythm medications.

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How Should Ambien Be Taken?

The recommended adult dose of Ambien is 10 mg as conventional tablets or spray or 12.5 mg as extended-release tablets.

How Should Rozerem Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Rozerem is 8 mg taken within 30 minutes of going to bed.

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Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

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