A patient is prescribed zolpidem for the treatment of insomnia. The nurse should instruct the patient to:

Avoid driving or operating machinery after taking this medication


•Zolpidem should be taken immediately before bedtime. The patient should not drive or operate machinery after taking this medication.

•The patient should be instructed to get at least 7 hours of sleep after taking zolpidem. Patients should not take this drug with alcohol or OTC sleeping aids.

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