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Call your doctor right away if you have any of the above side effects or any other side effects that worry you while using AMBIEN CR. The most common side effects of AMBIEN CR are: * headache * sleepiness * dizziness * You may still feel drowsy the next day after taking AMBIEN CR. Do not drive or do other dangerous activities after taking AMBIEN CR until you feel fully awake. After you stop taking a sleep medicine, you may have symptoms for 1 to 2 days such as: trouble sleeping, nausea, flushing, lightheadedness, uncontrolled crying, vomiting, stomach cramps, panic attack, nervousness, and stomach area pain. These are not all the side effects of AMBIEN CR. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. How should I store AMBIEN CR? * Store AMBIEN CR at room temperature, 59° to 77 0F (150 to 250 C). * Keep AMBIEN CR and all medicines out of reach of children. General Information about AMBIEN CR * Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. * Do not use AMBIEN CR for a condition for which it was not prescribed. * Do not share AMBIEN CR with other people, even if you think they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them and it is against the law. This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about AMBIEN CR. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about AMBIEN CR that is written for healthcare professionals. For more information about AMBIEN CR, call 1-800 -633 -1610 or visit www.ambiencr.com. What are the ingredients in AMBIEN CR? Active Ingredient: Zolpidem tartrate Inactive Ingredients: The 6.25 mg tablets contain: colloidal silicon dioxide, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrys talline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, potassium bitartrate, red ferric oxide, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide. The 12.5 mg tablets contain: colloidal silicon dioxide, FD&C Blue #2, hypromel lose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, potassium bitartrate, sodium starch glycolate, titanium dioxide, and yellow ferric oxide. Rx Only This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC Bridgewater, NJ 08807 January 2008a AMBCR-JANO8a-M -Ab MEDICATION GUIDE AMBIEN® (am'be-an) Tablets C-IV (zolpidem tartrate) Read the Medication Guide that comes with AMBIEN before you start taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your medical condition or treatment. What is the most important information I should know about AMBIEN? After taking AMBIEN, you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing. The next morning, you may not remember that you did anything during the night. You have a higher chance for doing these activities if you drink alco hol or take other medicines that make you sleepy with AMBIEN. Reported activities include: * driving a car ("sleep-driving") * making and eating food * talking on the phone * having sex * sleep-walking Call your doctor right away if you find out that you have done any of the above activities after taking AMBIEN. Important: 1. Take AMBIEN exactly as prescribed * Do not take more AMBIEN than prescribed. * Take AMBIEN right before you get in bed, not sooner. 2. Do not take AMBIEN if you: * drink alcohol * take other medicines that can make you sleepy. Talk to your doctor about all of your medicines. Your doctor will tell you if you can take AMBIEN with your other medicines. * cannot get a full night's sleep What isAMBIEN? AMBIEN is a sedative-hypnotic (sleep) medicine. AMBIEN is used in adults for the short-term treat ment of a sleep problem called insomnia. Symptoms of insomnia include: * trouble falling asleep AMBIEN is not for children. AMBIEN is a federally controlled substance (C-IV) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep AMBIEN in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away AMBIEN may harm others, and is against the law. Tell your doctor if you have ever abused or have been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.