Sublinox

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Sublinox

Available Form:  

S/L TABLET

Manufacturer name:  

Bausch Health

Generic name:  

ZOLPIDEM

Strength:  

5MG, 10MG

What is Sublinox?

Sublinox (Zolpidem) belongs to the class of medications called sedative-hypnotics. It is used for the short-term and symptomatic relief of sleep disturbances.

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Sublinox How to Take

Sublinox (Zolpidem) belongs to the class of medications called sedative-hypnotics. It is used for the short-term and symptomatic relief of sleep disturbances. Sublinox (Zolpidem) can help with difficulty falling asleep, frequent wake-ups during the night, or early morning awakenings. Sublinox (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 Sublinox (Zolpidem) 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 Sublinox (Zolpidem), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Sublinox (Zolpidem) without consulting your doctor.

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

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Sublinox Dosage

Women have higher levels of Sublinox (Zolpidem) in the blood than men when given the same dose. It also takes longer for women for the medication to be cleared from the body. The recommended adult dose of Sublinox (Zolpidem) is 5 mg for women and 5 mg to 10 mg for men.

Sublinox (Zolpidem) should be taken just before bedtime when required to help with sleep disturbances. Sublinox (Zolpidem) may be habit-forming and should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You should not typically use Sublinox (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.

Sublinox (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 Sublinox (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 Sublinox (Zolpidem) regularly for an extended period of time, do not stop taking it suddenly without talking with your doctor.

It is important that Sublinox (Zolpidem) be taken 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 Sublinox (Zolpidem) when a full night's sleep (7 to 8 hours) 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 process and get rid of the medication.

Store Sublinox (Zolpidem) 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.

Sublinox Side Effects

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Sublinox (Zolpidem). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Sublinox (Zolpidem) with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Sublinox (Zolpidem). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • Diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • excitement
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • hyperactivity

Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • behaviour changes (e.g., mood or mental changes, irritability, anger, aggression, violent behaviour)
  • confusion (more common for seniors)
  • daytime anxiety or restlessness
  • drowsiness (severe)
  • "drugged" feeling
  • hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren't there)
  • memory problems
  • signs of breathing problems (e.g., shortness of breath, troubled breathing, wheezing or tightness in chest, fast or irregular breathing)
  • signs of Depression (e.g., poor concentration, changes in weight, changes in sleep, decreased interest in activities, thoughts of suicide)
  • sleepwalking
  • withdrawal effects (e.g., abdominal cramps, vomiting, sweating, tremor, seizures)

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • signs of a serious allergic reaction (e.g., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat)
  • thoughts of self-harm or suicide

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Sublinox (Zolpidem).

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Sublinox Available Form

5 mg
Each round, white, flat-faced, bevelled-edged, sublingual tablet, marked with "V" on one side, contains 5 mg of Sublinox (Zolpidem). Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, mannitol, saccharin sodium, and silicified microcrystalline cellulose.

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

Sublinox Contraindications

Do not take Sublinox (Zolpidem) if you:

  • are allergic to Sublinox (Zolpidem) or any ingredients of Sublinox (Zolpidem)
  • have a history or a family history of sleepwalking
  • have Myasthenia Gravis
  • have severe breathing difficulties
  • have severely reduced liver function or liver disease
  • have severe lung or respiratory disease, including Sleep Apnea
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Sublinox Precautions

There may be an interaction between Sublinox (Zolpidem) and any of the following:

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with Sublinox (Zolpidem). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

Sublinox Warnings

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Sublinox (Zolpidem).

HEALTH CANADA ADVISORY

October 30, 2020

Health Canada has issued new restrictions concerning the use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like prescription drugs. To read the full Health Canada Advisory, visit Health Canada's web site at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.

Alcohol use: The use of Sublinox (Zolpidem) after consuming alcohol increases the risk of severe side effects such as breathing difficulty and performing activities while not being aware or awake. Alcohol should not be consumed if you are taking Sublinox (Zolpidem).

Allergic reaction: In rare cases, people have developed a serious allergic reaction to medications like Sublinox (Zolpidem) involving swelling of the tongue, glottis, or larynx. Some people have had shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, or throat closing.

Other signs of an allergic reaction include a severe rash, Hives, swollen face or throat, or difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms after taking Sublinox (Zolpidem), seek immediate medical attention.

Behaviour changes: Sublinox (Zolpidem) may cause agitated or aggressive behaviour. If you experience these symptoms or any other behaviour change while taking Sublinox (Zolpidem), contact your doctor immediately.

Family members or caregivers of people who are taking Sublinox (Zolpidem) should contact the person's doctor immediately if they notice unusual behaviour changes.

Breathing problems: Sublinox (Zolpidem) can suppress breathing. If you are at risk for breathing difficulties, such as Asthma, discuss with your doctor how Sublinox (Zolpidem) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Sublinox (Zolpidem), and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Confusion: Sublinox (Zolpidem) affects mental efficiency (e.g., concentration, attention, and vigilance). The risk of confusion is greater for seniors and those with brain damage.

Dependence and withdrawal: Physical dependence, psychological dependence, and abuse have occurred with the use of Sublinox (Zolpidem). If you have a history of past or current Substance Use Problems you may be at greater risk of developing abuse or addiction while taking Sublinox (Zolpidem).

Withdrawal symptoms have been observed after stopping the medication suddenly (after having taken it regularly over a period of time). These symptoms include:

  • abdominal cramps
  • anxiety
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • flushing
  • headache
  • irritability
  • memory impairment
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • restlessness
  • seizures
  • sleep problems such as rebound Insomnia
  • sweating
  • tension
  • tremors
  • vomiting

If you have been taking Sublinox (Zolpidem) for longer than 10 days, discuss with your doctor the best way to stop Sublinox (Zolpidem).

Depression: Medications used for sleep disturbances have been known to cause mood swings and symptoms of depression. Sublinox (Zolpidem) may worsen symptoms of depression, including thoughts of suicide or wanting to harm others.

If you have depression or a history of depression, discuss with your doctor how Sublinox (Zolpidem) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Sublinox (Zolpidem), and whether any special monitoring is needed.

If you experience symptoms of depression such as poor concentration, changes in weight, changes in sleep, or decreased interest in activities, or notice them in a family member who is taking Sublinox (Zolpidem), contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Sublinox (Zolpidem) can cause excessive daytime drowsiness and decreased mental alertness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or perform other dangerous tasks until you know how Sublinox (Zolpidem) affects you.

Liver function: Liver disease or reduced liver function may cause Sublinox (Zolpidem) to build up in the body, causing side effects. If you have liver problems, discuss with your doctor how Sublinox (Zolpidem) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Sublinox (Zolpidem), and whether any special monitoring is needed. Your doctor may want to test your liver function regularly with blood tests while you are taking Sublinox (Zolpidem).

Memory disturbance: Although rare, amnesia of varying severity has been reported following normal doses of medications like Sublinox (Zolpidem). This is an unpredictable effect of the medication. If you experience any memory problems while taking Sublinox (Zolpidem), contact your doctor.

Performing activities while not fully awake: People taking Sublinox (Zolpidem) may perform activities such as sleepwalking, driving, preparing and eating food, and making phone calls while not fully awake and are unaware of their actions. The next morning, they may not remember what happened. This may be more likely to occur if you use alcohol or other sedative medications. If you discover this has happened to you, contact your doctor immediately.

Family members or caregivers of people who are taking Sublinox (Zolpidem) should contact the person's doctor immediately if they notice any of these unusual behaviours.

Rebound insomnia: As with other medications used to aid in sleeping, you may experience a temporary return of your sleeping difficulties when Sublinox (Zolpidem) is stopped.

Pregnancy: The use of Sublinox (Zolpidem) during pregnancy has not been studied. Sublinox (Zolpidem) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Sublinox (Zolpidem), contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: Sublinox (Zolpidem) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Sublinox (Zolpidem), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of Sublinox (Zolpidem) have not been established for use by children and adolescents less than 18 years of age.

Seniors: People over 65 years of age are more likely to experience dose-related side effects of Sublinox (Zolpidem), such as drowsiness, dizziness, or impaired coordination. Lower doses of Sublinox (Zolpidem) are recommended for seniors.

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