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STILNOCT 5MG FILM-COATED TABLETS
Active substance(s): ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE
Stilnoct 5mg Film-coated Tablets
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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Stilnoct is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Stilnoct
3. How to take Stilnoct
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Stilnoct
6. Further information
1. What Stilnoct is and what it is used for
The name of your medicine is Stilnoct 5mg Film-Coated Tablets (called Stilnoct in this
leaflet). Stilnoct contains a medicine called zolpidem tartrate. This belongs to a group of
medicines called hypnotics. It works by acting on your brain to help you sleep.
Stilnoct is used for temporary sleep problems in adults that are causing you severe distress or
that are affecting your everyday life. This includes sleep problems in adults such as:
Difficulty falling asleep
Waking in the middle of the night
Waking too early
Your doctor will identify your sleep problem wherever possible and the underlying factors
before prescribing this medicine for you. The failure of your sleep problems to stop after a 714 day course of treatment may indicate you have an underlying disorder, your doctor will
assess you at regular intervals.
Stilnoct is not meant to be used every day for long periods of time. Ask your doctor for advice
if you are unsure.
Before you take Stilnoct
Do not take this medicine and tell your doctor if:
You are allergic (hypersensitive) to zolpidem tartrate or any of the other ingredients of
Stilnoct (listed in section 6 below)
Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling
of your lips, face, throat or tongue
Your lungs do not work properly (respiratory failure)
You have severe liver problems
You have a problem where you stop breathing for short periods at night (sleep apnoea)
You have a problem that causes severe muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis)
You have been told by a doctor that you have a mental illness (psychosis)
You are under the age of 18
Do not take this medicine if any of the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist before taking Stilnoct.
Take special care with Stilnoct
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking your medicine if:
You have a history of alcohol or drug abuse
You have liver problems
You have depression or have had another mental illness in the past
You have recently taken Stilnoct or other similar medicines for more than four weeks
You are elderly
Stilnoct can cause drowsiness and decrease your level of alertness. This could cause you to
fall, sometimes leading to severe injuries.
If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before
Next-day psychomotor impairment (see also Driving and using machines)
The day after taking Stilnoct, the risk of psychomotor impairment, including impaired driving
ability may be increased if:
You take this medicine less than 8 hours before performing activities that require your
You take a higher dose than the recommended dose
You take Stilnoct while you are already taking other central nervous system depressants
or another medicine that increases Stilnoct in your blood, or while drinking alcohol, or
while taking illicit substances
Take the single intake immediately at bedtime.
Do not take another dose during the same night.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines. This includes medicines you buy without a prescription, including herbal
medicines. This is because Stilnoct can affect the way some other medicines work. Also some
medicines can affect the way Stilnoct works.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
Stilnoct may increase the effect of the following medicines:
While taking Stilnoct with the following medicines, drowsiness and next-day psychomotor
impairment effects, including impaired driving ability, may be increased.
Medicines for some mental health problems (antipsychotics)
Medicines for sleep problems (hypnotics)
Medicines to calm or reduce anxiety
Medicines for depression
Medicines for moderate to severe pain (narcotic analgesics)
Medicines for epilepsy
Medicines used for anaesthesia
Medicines for hay fever, rashes or other allergies that can make you sleepy (sedative
While taking Stilnoct with antidepressants including bupropion, desipramine, fluoxetine,
sertraline and venlafaxine, you may see things that are not real (hallucinations).
It is not recommended to take Stilnoct with fluvoxamine, ciprofloxacin or St John’s Wort (a
herbal medicine) used for mood swings and depression.
The following medicines can increase the chance of you getting side effects when taken
with Stilnoct. To make this less likely, your doctor may decide to lower your dose of
Some antibiotics such as clarithromycin or erythromycin
Some medicines for fungal infections such as ketoconazole and itraconazole
Ritonavir (a protease inhibitor) – for HIV infections
The following medicines can make Stilnoct work less well:
Some medicines for epilepsy such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital or phenytoin
Rifampicin (an antibiotic) - for infections
Taking Stilnoct with food and drink
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Stilnoct. Alcohol can increase the effects of
Stilnoct and make you sleep very deeply so that you do not breathe properly or have
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, might become pregnant,
or think you may be pregnant. Taking Stilnoct during pregnancy may harm your baby.
You should not breast-feed if you are taking Stilnoct. This is because small amounts may pass
into mother’s milk.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine if you are pregnant or
Driving and using machines
Stilnoct has major influence on the ability to drive and use machines such as “sleep driving”.
On the day after taking Stilnoct (as with other hypnotic medicines), you should be aware that:
You may feel drowsy, sleepy, dizzy or confused
Your quick decision-making may be longer
Your vision may be blurred or double
You may be less alert
A period of at least 8 hours is recommended between taking Stilnoct and driving, using
machinery and working at heights to minimize the above listed effects.
Do not drink alcohol or take other psychoactive substances while you are taking Stilnoct as it
can increase the above listed effects.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Stilnoct
Lactose: This is a type of sugar. If you have been told by your doctor that you cannot tolerate
some sugars (have an intolerance to some sugars), talk to your doctor before taking this
How to take Stilnoct
Always take Stilnoct exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Taking this medicine
Take this medicine by mouth
Swallow the tablet whole with a drink of water
The recommended dose per 24 hours is 10mg of Stilnoct. A lower dose may be
prescribed to some patients.
Stilnoct should be taken as a single intake just before bedtime
Make sure you have a period of at least 8 hours after taking this medicine before
performing activities that require your alertness.
Do not exceed 10mg per 24 hours.
The usual length of treatment is 2 days to 4 weeks.
The usual dose is two Stilnoct tablets (10mg) just before bedtime.
The usual dose is one tablet (5mg) just before bedtime.
Patients with liver problems
The usual starting dose is one tablet (5mg) just before bedtime. Your doctor may decide to
increase this to two tablets (10mg) if it is safe to do so.
Children and adolescents
Stilnoct should not be used in people under 18 years old.
If you take more Stilnoct than you should
If you take more Stilnoct than you should, tell a doctor or go to a hospital casualty department
straight away. Take the medicine pack with you. This is so the doctor knows what you have
Taking too much Stilnoct can be very dangerous. The following effects may happen:
Feeling drowsy, confused, sleeping deeply and possibly falling into a fatal coma.
If you forget to take Stilnoct
Stilnoct must only be taken at bedtime. If you forget to take your tablet at bedtime, then you
should not take it at any other time, otherwise you may feel drowsy, dizzy and confused
during the day.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
If you stop taking Stilnoct
Keep taking Stilnoct until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop taking Stilnoct suddenly,
but tell your doctor if you want to stop. Your doctor will need to lower your dose and stop
your tablets over a period of time.
If you stop taking Stilnoct suddenly, your sleep problems may come back and you may get a
‘withdrawal effect’. If this happens you may get some of the effects listed below.
See a doctor straight away if you get any of the following effects:
Feeling anxious, restless, irritable or confused
Faster heartbeat or uneven heartbeat (palpitations)
Nightmares, seeing or hearing things that are not real (hallucinations)
Being more sensitive to light, noise and touch than normal
Relaxed grip on reality
Feeling distant from your body or feeling ‘puppet-like’
Numbness and tingling in your hands and feet
Sleep problems come back worse than before
In rare cases fits (seizures) may also occur.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Stilnoct can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking Stilnoct and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if:
You have an allergic reaction. The signs may include: a rash, swallowing or breathing
problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following side effects:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
Poor memory while taking Stilnoct (amnesia) and strange behaviour during this time.
This is more likely to affect you in the few hours after you take this medicine. By having
7-8 hours sleep after taking Stilnoct, this is less likely to cause you a problem.
Sleeping problems that get worse after taking this medicine
Seeing or hearing things that are not real (hallucinations)
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
Blurred eyesight or ‘seeing double’
Being less aware of your environment
Falling, especially in the elderly
Sleep-Driving and other strange behaviour
There have been some reports of people doing things while asleep that they do not remember
when waking up after taking a sleeping medicine. This includes sleep-driving, sleep walking,
preparing and eating food, and having sex. Alcohol and some medicines for depression or
anxiety can increase the chance that this serious effect will happen.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects get serious or lasts
longer than a few days:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting)
Feeling tired or agitated
A feeling of being out of touch with reality and being unable to think or judge clearly
Feeling drowsy or sleepy
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
Feeling confused or irritable
Unusual skin sensations such as numbness, tingling, pricking, burning or creeping on the
Changes in appetite or behaviour concerning appetite
Very rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
Any changes of vision, in particular loss of vision
Itching skin or skin rash
Slower breathing (respiratory depression)
Feeling restless, aggressive, angry or showing unusual behaviour
Feeling overly happy/confident (euphoric)
Thinking things that are not true (delusions)
Changes in sex drive (libido)
Changes in the amount of liver enzymes – shown up in the results of blood tests
You have discolouration of the skin or eyes, pain in the abdomen (stomach) or a bloated
feeling, severe itching, pale or bloody stools, extreme weakness, nausea or loss of
appetite. This could be caused by an infection or injury to the liver
An illness where removal of bile from the liver is blocked (cholestasis). Signs include
jaundice, rash or fever and the colour of your water (urine) becomes darker
Lack of concentration
Changes in the way you walk
Stilnoct having less effect than normal
Becoming dependent on Stilnoct
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How to store Stilnoct
Store below 30°C. Keep the blister strip in the carton in order to protect from moisture.
Keep this medicine in a safe place where children cannot see or reach it.
Do not use Stilnoct after the expiry date which is stated on the carton or blister after EXP. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist
how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the
What Stilnoct contains
Each tablet of Stilnoct contains 5mg of the active substance zolpidem tartrate
Other ingredients are lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose,
titanium dioxide (E171), sodium starch glycollate, magnesium stearate and macrogol
What Stilnoct looks like and contents of the pack
Stilnoct is a round, white, film-coated tablet contained within PVC/ foil blisters in cartons
containing 4, 14, 28, or 56 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Sanofi, One Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4YS
Tel: 0845 372 7101
Sanofi Winthrop Industrie, 30 – 36 avenue Gustave Eiffel, 37 000 Tours, France.
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questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet was last revised in: May 2017
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