Zolpidem: risk of drowsiness and reduced driving ability
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
- 30 May 2014
- Therapeutic area:
Taking zolpidem is associated with a risk of impaired driving ability the next day.
Article date: May 2014
Zolpidem (Edluar, Stilnoct) is used to treat insomnia. Taking zolpidem is associated with a risk of impaired driving ability the next day. To reduce this risk, advise patients:
- to take 10 milligrams of zolpidem at bedtime and not to take it again the same night
- not to drive, operate machinery, or work at heights until at least 8 hours after taking zolpidem
- not to take zolpidem with alcohol, illicit drugs, or other central nervous system suppressants
- not to drive, operate machinery or work at heights if they are still drowsy after taking Zolpidem
People with liver impairment and the elderly should take no more than 5 milligrams of zolpidem a night.
Advice to give to patients (106Kb)
Article citation: Drug Safety Update volume 7 issue 10, May 2014: S1
Published: 30 May 2014
Therapeutic area: Neurology