Ambien is also known by the name of Zolpidem. The medicine is mainly used to treat certain sleeping disorders in adults. Being a sedative-hypnotic drug, the drug acts by binding to the GABA receptors located in the brain. It is a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic that is a type A GABA receptor agonist. Increasing the effect of GABA receptors in the central nervous system, it helps patients stricken with insomnia to get better sleep.
It is mainly used for the short-term treatment of insomnia, especially for two to six weeks. Patients with serious problems relating to sleep may be prescribed a larger dose of Ambien. It should be kept in mind that Ambien is a prescription medicine categorized as a Schedule IV controlled substance regulated under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 of the United States.