Zolpidem is more commonly known for it's brand name, Ambien. But, Zolpidem is basically a sleeping aid that is used to help people stay asleep and fall asleep. It is used for the treatment of insomnia and sometimes prescribed when people are having issues with anxiety that are keeping them awake at night. Zolpidem is lumped into a class of medications that are called sedative-hypnotics. They basically work to slow activity in the brain enough that you are able to fall asleep, which is a problem that a lot of people have. There are many things that you should know about Zolpidem before you begin to use it on a nightly basis. First, to get Zolpidem, it is something that has to be prescribed by your doctor. This medication is available in two forms, there is a tablet and there is an extended release option also. Both of these are taken by mouth. You generally take it before bed and it works better if you take it on an empty stomach. It is always important that you take Zolpidem like it is prescribed to you and that you follow your doctor's instructions. If you don't, you need to ask for clarification. With Zolpidem, you need to make sure that you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep so that the medication works its way out of your system, if you wake up too soon, you may experience memory loss. Zolpidem should be used on a short term basis to get the most effective results, as you take it more and more it starts to have a weaker result for your body. You need to make sure that you are not mixing Zolpidem with medications like anti-depressants, medications for anxiety, mental illness, pain, or seizures. It is also not a good idea to mix Zolpidem with any alcohol as it can cause serious issues. If you have a medication that you think may be Zolpidem and you want to see the potency of it, you want to be sure that you are getting a sample of it broken down to understand what it is made of. The best and most effective way to test this medication and see what it is made up of if you are questioning the confirmation and quantification of the pill you are taking is through a Liquid Chromatography mass spectrometry. This is a test that you should have a lab do for you so that you know the medication that you are taking is pure. If you are taking Zolpidem or Ambien, it is important that you understand what the medication is made up of. You also want to know what the different parts of the medication are that you are taking. Be sure that you understand any side effects of Zolpidem and that you know how to take it. Make sure you have consulted with your doctor as to how the Zolpidem should work for you and what you need to look out for. It is your job to be educated on the medication that you are taking.