Ambien comes in pill form that is meant to be taken by mouth. What the Ambien pill will look like depends on the dose of the pill. Ambien pictures can be found online.
To identify Ambien pills, you can look at the color and the inscription on the pill. Both pill doses are capsule-shaped and film-coated.
- The 5 mg pill is pink with AMB 5 imprinted on one side and 5401 on the other side.
- The 10 mg pill is white and imprinted with AMB 10 on one side and 5421 on the other side.
Ambien CR pills are slightly different. They are round and convex on both sides with an “A” imprinted on one side. The 6.25 mg pill is pink while the 12.5 mg pill is blue.
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Other Names for Ambien
Another name for Ambien is zolpidem tartrate. Ambien is the brand name for zolpidem, which is the generic name for the drug. Additional brands also exist including Edluar, Intermezzo, and Zolpimist.
Ambien Side Effects
In addition to its calming and sleep-inducing effects, Ambien can have unwanted side effects. Side effects of Ambien include:
- Feeling tired or drowsy during the day
- General weakness
- Feeling “drugged”, light-headed or dizzy
- Loss of coordination
- Stuffy nose
- Dry mouth
- Throat or nose irritation
- Nausea or upset stomach
- Muscle pain
The most well-known side effect of Ambien is parasomnia, where a person may have unusual behaviors while sleeping. This can include walking, driving, eating, or even having sex while sleeping. Crimes have also been reported to happen while someone was on Ambien. These events are rare; however, the FDA issued a warning about these activities in 2019 to alert people considering taking Ambien that they can occur.