Sleeping with Drugs; How Risky is it?
By: Lakeview Health Staff
Published: August 3, 2012

What is Intermezzo?

Intermezzo (zolpidem tartrate) is a quick release form of Ambien (zolpidem). Unlike Ambien, which is taken before bed time and intended for those who have trouble falling asleep, it is a sublingual tablet (melts under the tongue) to be used, as needed, for middle of the night insomnia.Purdue Pharma LP recently announced the release of Intermezzo.. Like Ambien, it is not designed to be taken regularly for long periods of time. Ambien is intended for those who can immediately remain resting for 7-8 hours at least. Intermezzo is intended for those who can sleep for an additional 4 hours after taking the drug and who do not have to drive within an hour of waking up. Side Effects Men and women do not receive the same dosages as the drug breaks down differently in both genders and it lasts longer in women. There were two randomized studies conducted for Intermezzo with a few commonly observed side effects:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Throat closing

Patients with pre-existing depression may experience a worsening of their mental health condition. There are reports of addiction to this drug, as there are to Ambien. Like Ambien, those suffering from an existing addiction are at greater risk of becoming addicted to Intermezzo.  Intermezzo is to be used for short term treatment or 7-10 days at which point other mental health issues or medical conditions should be examined. This drug is considered to be a Schedule IV controlled substance as it has a potential for abuse and addiction. If you or a loved one is having trouble with addiction to prescription drugs, call Lakeview Health as we are a top rated Florida drug rehab.