Zolpidem, sold under the brand name Ambien, among others, is a medication primarily used for the short term treatment of sleeping problems. Guidelines recommend that it be used only after counseling and behavioral changes have been tried.
Formula: C19H21N3O
Duration of action: 3 hours
Drug class: Imidazopyridine (Z-drug), nonbenzodiazepine, hypnotic
Bioavailability: 70% (by mouth)
Other names: Zolpidem tartrate
Trade name: Ambien, others
Excretion: Kidney (56%); fecal (34%)