Zolpidem use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Zolpidem: Ambien, Ambien CR, Intermezzo, Edluar, Zolpimist

Zolpidem Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Because of the low levels of zolpidem in breastmilk and its short half-life, amounts ingested by the infant are small and would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants. No special precautions are required.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Five nursing mothers who were 3 to 4 days postpartum were given a single oral dose of zolpidem 20 mg. Milk collected 3 hours after the dose contained between 0.76 and 3.88 mcg of zolpidem. This corresponded to 0.004 to 0.019% of the maternal dosage. The drug was undetectable (<0.5 mcg/L) in milk 13 and 16 hours after the dose.[1]

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Possible Effects on Lactation

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Zaleplon

References

1. Pons G, Francoual C, Guillet P et al. Zolpidem excretion in breast milk. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 1989;37:245-8. PMID: 2612539

Zolpidem Identification

Substance Name

Zolpidem

CAS Registry Number

82626-48-0

Drug Class

  • Hypnotics and Sedatives

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

396

Information from the National Library of Medicine's LactMed Database.

Last Revision Date

2013-09-07

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