Zolpidem is classified as a hypnotic drug. These drugs help people sleep.

In the United States, zolpidem is available as tablets under the brand name of Ambien. Zolpidem is a drug that is used to treat insomnia. Zolpidem is especially helpful for people who have trouble falling asleep. However, once individuals have fallen asleep, Zolpidem also helps them continue to sleep restfully. Zolpidem should be used only for short periods, approximately seven to ten days. If sleeping pills are needed for a long period, an evaluation by a physician is recommended to determine if another medical condition is responsible for the insomnia.