Dose Change Recommended for Women Taking Ambien

Susan Szulc, MD

Recently, the FDA found that zolpidem (Ambien, Edluar, Zolpimist) levels were higher in women the morning after use.

Women tend to process and eliminate the medication more slowly than men, which means that their morning levels were sometimes high enough to impair driving and affect alertness.

These findings have led the FDA to change dosing recommendations of zolpidem to 5mg (from 10mg) for immediate-release products. Extended-release products should be prescribed at 6.25mg (from 12.5mg).

Talk to your primary care physician about your current dose of zolpidem and if it needs to be changed!

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About Dr. Susan Szulc
Susan V. Szulc, MD, is a board-certified internist with Bon Secours Medical Associates at Virginia Beach. She received her bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Dr. Szulc earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Va., where she also completed a residency in internal medicine. Dr. Szulc is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and American Medical Women’s Association. Dr. Szulc’s special interests include palliative care and hypertension.

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