Zolpidem is a prescription medication used for the short-term treatment of insomnia, as well as some brain disorders. It is a short-actingnonbenzodiazepine hypnotic that potentiates gamma-aminobutyric acid(GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter, by binding to GABAA receptorsat the same location as benzodiazepines. It works quickly (usually within 15 minutes) and has a short half-life (2–3 hours). Trade names of zolpidem include Adormix, Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Zolpimist,Damixan, Hypnogen, Ivedal, Lioran, Myslee, Nasen, Nytamel,Sanval, Somidem,
Zolpidem has not adequately demonstrated effectiveness in maintaining sleep, however it is effective in initiating sleep. Its hypnotic effects are similar to those of the benzodiazepine class of drugs, but it is molecularly distinct from the classical benzodiazepine molecule and is classified as an imidazopyridine. Flumazenil, a benzodiazepine receptor antagonist, which is used for benzodiazepine overdose, can also reverse zolpidem’s sedative/hypnotic and memory impairing effects.
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