September 19, 2014

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How does Sublinox work? What will it do for me?

Zolpidem belongs to the class of medications called sedative-hypnotics. It is used for the short-term and symptomatic relief of sleep disturbances. Zolpidem can help with difficulty falling asleep, frequent wake-ups during the night, or early morning awakenings. Zolpidem should usually not be taken for more than 7 to 10 consecutive days. It should only be used if disturbed sleep causes problems functioning during the day.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Sublinox?


January 3, 2014

Health Canada has issued new information concerning the use of Sublinox (zolpidem). To read the full report, visit Health Canada's website at

The recommended adult dose of zolpidem is 10 mg taken just before bedtime when required to help with sleep disturbances. This medication may be habit-forming and should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You should not typically use zolpidem for more than 7 to 10 consecutive days.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Zolpidem disintegrating tablets should be placed under the tongue, where it will dissolve. Do not chew or swallow the tablet and do not take it with water. Sublinox tablets cannot be split.

Do not take zolpidem with food or immediately after a meal. Food slows down the speed at which the medication works, increasing the length of time before the onset of sleep.

If you have been taking this medication regularly for an extended period of time, do not stop taking it suddenly without talking with your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you forget to take your tablet at bedtime, do not take it at any other time or in the middle of the night. Do not take this medication when a full night's sleep is not possible (i.e. after waking in the middle of the night) or before you would need to be active and functional. Impaired judgment and memory lapses may occur in such situations. Your body needs time to eliminate the medication from your system.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

What form(s) does Sublinox come in?

Each round white, flat-faced, bevelled-edged sublingual tablet marked with "X" on one side contains zolpidem 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, mannitol, saccharin sodium, and silicified microcrystalline cellulose.

Who should NOT take Sublinox?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to zolpidem or any ingredients of this medication
  • have a history or a family history of sleepwalking
  • have myasthenia gravis
  • have severe breathing difficulties
  • have severe liver disease
  • have sleep apnea

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