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Stilnox is a medication commonly prescribed for the short-term treatment of insomnia.

Last Modified: 06 May 2024

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What is Stilnox? 

Stilnox is a medication commonly prescribed for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Its contents include the active ingredient zolpidem tartrate, which belongs to a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. 

Stilnox works by affecting the neurotransmitter GABA and binding to GABA receptors in the brain, which has a calming effect on the nervous system. The drug is synthesized to create zolpidem tartrate, the active compound. 

Global Name

Generic name:  Zolpidem
Brand names: Ambien, Edluar, and Zolpimist, among others.


What is Stilnox used for? 

Stilnox is used to treat insomnia characterized by difficulties with sleep initiation. It is recommended for short-term use, typically not longer than two to four weeks. 

How do you use Stilnox? 


Stilnox is available in tablet form, which should be taken orally.

Dosage information: 

  • Adult dosage: The recommended dose for adults is 10 mg once daily immediately before bedtime. 
  • Elderly dosage: A reduced dose of 5 mg is recommended for elderly patients, to minimize the risk of side effects. 
  • Children: Stilnox is not recommended for use in children. 


  • Children: Not suitable for children. 
  • Adults: Suitable for adults, with caution regarding dosage and duration of use. 
  • Elderlies: Suitable for elderly patients at a reduced dosage. 
  • Pregnancy: Not recommended during pregnancy unless clearly necessary. 
  • Lactation: Not recommended for breastfeeding mothers. 


Those with an allergy to zolpidem or any other ingredients in Stilnox should not take the medication. 

Any warnings and precautions : 

Stilnox should be taken immediately before bed and only when able to stay in bed for a full night (7-8 hours) before being active again. 

Stilnox can interact with other medications that depress the central nervous system (such as benzodiazepines, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants), alcohol, and other drugs that affect drug metabolism. 

Side Effects

Common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, headache, and sometimes complex behaviors like sleep-driving, which can occur with no memory of the event. 

Pharmacist Tips

Storage Information: 

  • Store Stilnox at room temperature, away from light and moisture. 

Handling Instructions: 

  • Handle with care and ensure the medication is taken exactly as prescribed, respecting the dosage and timing recommendations to minimize side effects and potential dependence. 


Where is Stilnox available in Hong Kong?

Stilnox is a prescription medication that can be prescribed by healthcare providers which can then be bought in local pharmacies. 


Can Stilnox be used long-term?

Stilnox is typically prescribed for short-term use due to the risk of dependency and tolerance. Long-term use should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

Is Stilnox addictive?

A: There is a potential for addiction and dependence with Stilnox, which is why it is usually prescribed for short durations.

Can you take Stilnox with alcohol?

No, it is not recommended to take Stilnox with alcohol as it can increase the sedative effects and may lead to more severe side effects.

How long does Stilnox take to work?

Stilnox begins to work within 30 minutes of ingestion, which is why it should be taken immediately before bedtime when you're ready to go to sleep. 

This website provides content related to drug use and medicine for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not use the information on this website to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare provider. The website's owners and contributors are not liable for any repercussions, adverse effects, or consequences resulting from the use of any medication or information provided herein.

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