Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A non-benzodiazepine sleep-inducing drug that is used primarily to treat insomnia.

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  • noun A certain fast-acting hypnotic (sleep-inducing drug) used for the short-term treatment of insomnia, and marketed under several different trade names.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[(a)zol(e) + p(yrim)id(ine) + alteration of am(ide).]

Examples

  • The drug is sold generically under the name zolpidem and brand names such as Zolpimist

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  • You may also want to ask your physician about a sleeping pill called zolpidem.

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  • The woman in question suffered from severe insomnia and was taking the prescription medicine zolpidem, which is marketed under several brands such as Ambien.

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  • According to the article, the patient suffered from severe insomnia and was taking zolpidem, which is marketed under various brand names, the best known of which is Ambien.

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  • Prescription sleep drugs such as zolpidem (Ambien and generic) can in rare cases cause "sleep eating," sometimes with no memory of it the next day.

    Q&A: Middle-of-the-night cravings

  • Prescription sleep drugs such as zolpidem Ambien and generic can in rare cases cause "sleep eating," sometimes with no memory of it the next day.

    Q&A: Middle-of-the-night cravings

  • He says that drugs such as zolpidem, manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, activate receptors for the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid GABA in the brain.

    Brain Re-wiring

  • He says that drugs such as zolpidem, manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, activate receptors for the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid GABA in the brain.

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  • Medications such as zolpidem Ambien and generic can help, but they have side effects, and they’re not meant to be taken long-term—though many people do.

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  • "But both conventional benzodiazepines and newer benzo diazepine-like compounds (such as zolpidem) are addictive.

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