What is Apo 10 (zolpidem) used for?
Apo 10 is a sedative, also called as a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems (insomnia). It is commonly used for treatment insomnia.
How should I take Apo 10 (zolpidem)?
Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water unless your doctor has told you to take half a tablet.
Do not crush or chew the tablets.
Take Apo 10 immediately before you go to bed because it puts you to sleep quite quickly. It also works more quickly if you take it on an empty stomach.
Apo 10 should only be taken when you are able to get a full night’s sleep (7 to 8 hours) before you need to be active and alert again.
Apo 10 should only be used for short periods (treatment should not exceed 4 weeks). Continuous long term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor.
How do I store Apo 10 (zolpidem)?
Apo 10 is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Apo 10 in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Apo 10 that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Apo 10 down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Apo 10 (zolpidem)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Apo 10 or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, walking, making phone calls, or having sex and later having no memory of the activity. If this happens to you, stop taking Apo 10 and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder.
The tablets may contain lactose. Use caution if you are sensitive to lactose.
The sedative effects of Apo 10 may be stronger in older adults.
Apo 10 is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Apo 10 during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Apo 10. Apo 10 is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Apo 10 (zolpidem)?
Common side effects when using this drug may include:
- Daytime drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, feeling “drugged” or light-headed
- Tired feeling, loss of coordination
- Stuffy nose, dry mouth, nose or throat irritation
- Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach
- Headache, muscle pain
If you notice these followings, report your doctor once:
- Unusual thoughts
- Memory problems
- Changes in personality
- Risk-taking behavior
- Decreased inhibitions
- No fear of danger
- Thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself
Stop using Apo 10 and call your doctor at once if you have:
- Chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling short of breath
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
- Feeling like you might pass out
Apo 10 may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking this medicine and get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction like hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Apo 10 (zolpidem)?
Apo 10 may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Especially if you are taking:
- A sleeping pill
- Narcotic pain medicine
- Prescription cough medicine
- A muscle relaxer
- Medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures
Does food or alcohol interact with Apo 10 (zolpidem)?
Apo 10 may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Apo 10 (zolpidem)?
Apo 10 may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
To make sure Apo 10 is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Lung disease such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Sleep apnea (breathing stops during sleep)
- Myasthenia gravis
- A history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts
- A history of drug or alcohol addiction
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Apo 10 (zolpidem).
What is the dose of Apo 10 (zolpidem) for an adult?
The usual adult dose of Apo 10 is 10 mg.
If you are over 65 years of age or debilitated in any way, the usual dose is 5 mg at night.
If you have a liver problem, the usual dose is 5 mg. This can be increased to 10 mg if advised by your doctor.
What is the dose of Apo 10 (zolpidem) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients who are younger than 18 years old. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Apo 10 (zolpidem) available?
Apo 10 is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Tablet 10mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Apo 10, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: May 9, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019
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