Zolpidem is sold commercially under the names Ambien and Intermezzo and has been available in generic form for several years. You might see Zolpidem called a “non-benzodiazepine sleep aid” although putting it into the drug class imidazopyridines is more precise. You might also see it called a GABA-A receptor modulator or a Z-drug.
The technical name is N,N-dimethyl-2-(6-dimethyl-2-p-tolyl imidazo[1,2-a]pyridin-3-yl)acetamide and the formula is C19H21N3O.
Zolpidem comes as a tablet or pill, although it is sometimes sold as a spray that is applied to the tongue/mouth. The drug is taken directly before bed as it works quickly.
This drug is “labeled” (approved by the FDA) for only a short period of usage. Doctors are allowed to prescribe it for as long as they feel necessary, but as a patient you need to do your part and follow your doctor’s instructions.