Ask for the branded AMBIEN® or AMBIEN® CR

PREFER THE BRAND? LEARN HOW TO GET AMBIEN OR AMBIEN CR

Along with your doctor, you’ve decided that branded AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR is the right choice for your insomnia. So, it’s important that you ask your healthcare provider to write Dispense As Written (DAW)—or your state’s approved language—on your prescription. Learn more about:

  • What your AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR should look like.
  • The conversation to have with your doctor.
  • The proper steps to take at the pharmacy for your initial fill and subsequent refills.
AMBIEN® 5 mg tablet and AMBIEN® 10 mg tablet
Ambien - 5 mg
Ambien - 10 mg

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may not represent exact color

A CLOSER LOOK AT AMBIEN BRAND

If your doctor prescribes brand name AMBIEN to help you fall asleep, your prescription should be filled correctly. Whether you’re prescribed a 5 mg or 10 mg dose, always look for the embossed letters “AMB” on your oval pill. Check out the AMBIEN pill images to help make sure you have the correct pill.

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A CLOSER LOOK AT
AMBIEN CR BRAND

AMBIEN CR is a medication that helps you fall asleep—and stay asleep. So when that’s what your doctor prescribes, that’s what you should get. Whether you’re prescribed a 6.25 mg or 12.5 mg dose, always look for the embossed “A~” on your round pill. Check out the AMBIEN CR pill images to help make sure you have the correct pill.

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AMBIEN® CR 6.25 mg tablet and AMBIEN® CR 12.5 mg tablet
Ambien CR - 6.25 mg
Ambien CR - 12.5 mg

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may not represent exact color

LET YOUR DOCTOR KNOW YOU PREFER THE AMBIEN OR AMBIEN CR BRAND

YOUR DOCTOR VISIT CHECKLIST

You can do this! One of the biggest, most important reminders is to be an advocate for yourself. If you prefer the brand, when talking to your doctor, make sure you specifically ask for brand name AMBIEN, prescribed to be Dispense As Written (DAW)—or your state’s approved language—on your prescription.

Follow these pointers when you visit your doctor:

Know the difference between AMBIEN® and AMBIEN CR to find which is right for you

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BEFORE YOU GO

AMBIEN and AMBIEN CR serve a different purpose. It is important that you talk with your doctor to figure out which formulation is right for you.

  • AMBIEN is a sleep aid that helps you fall asleep each night.
  • AMBIEN CR has a dual purpose. It helps you fall asleep and also helps you stay asleep each night.
Know what an AMBIEN® or AMBIEN® CR pill and bottle look like

LEARN WHAT THE PILL AND BOTTLE LOOK LIKE

  • Know how to identify brand name AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR when you pick your prescription up from the pharmacy.     
The importance of specific language on AMBIEN® or AMBIEN® CR prescriptions

WHEN YOU GET THERE, DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF DISPENSE AS WRITTEN

To make sure you get a prescription for the AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR brand, it is important to ask your healthcare provider to write specific language on every one of your prescriptions—including refills—such as:

  • Dispense As Written (DAW)
  • Do Not Substitute
  • No Substitution
  • Brand Medically Necessary
  • Brand Necessary

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking AMBIEN OR AMBIEN CR?

AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR, may not be right for you. Before starting AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR, tell your healthcare provider about all of your health conditions, including if you:

  • Have a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts
  • Have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction
  • Have kidney or liver disease
  • Have a lung disease or breathing problems
  • Are pregnant, planning to become pregnant. It is not known if AMBIEN will harm your unborn baby.
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. AMBIEN can pass into your breast milk. It is not known if AMBIEN will harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby while you take AMBIEN.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.

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Heads Up

If “Dispense As Written” (DAW), or your state’s legal language, isn’t included on your prescription, you may get the generic medication zolpidem tartrate without your knowledge or your doctor’s permission.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE STORE

YOUR PHARMACY CHECKLIST

Now that your doctor has prescribed the AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR brand, make sure that’s what the pharmacy gives you.

Follow these tips whenever you get your prescription filled:

Make sure you specify you want brand name AMBIEN® or AMBIEN® CR

ASK FOR BRAND NAME AMBIEN OR AMBIEN CR IF THAT IS WHAT YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR HAVE AGREED ON

Call ahead to the pharmacy to make sure the prescription is branded AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR and not a generic. Whether you’re at the pharmacy or ordering via mail-order service, make sure you specify you want the brand name AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR your doctor prescribed.

Make sure your AMBIEN® or AMBIEN® CR brand preference is noted on your prescription

GET YOUR DOCTOR’S ORDERS NOTED

If you are prescribed brand name AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR, make sure the pharmacist or mail-order service notes this. It will help make sure you are given the correct medication each time.

Check that the bottle label says "AMBIEN" or "AMBIEN CR"

CHECK THE BOTTLE

Your prescription’s label should clearly say “AMBIEN” or “AMBIEN CR.”

Make sure the bottle has the proper AMBIEN® or AMBIEN® CR dosage strength

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT DOSAGE STRENGTH

If it doesn’t have the proper dosage on the bottle, it isn’t your prescription.

Check your pill for the proper AMBIEN® or AMBIEN® CR markings

CHECK YOUR PILL FOR THE PROPER MARKINGS AT THE PHARMACY

Generics may come in the same color and shape as brand name AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR, so make sure your pill has the proper markings.

  • If you’re prescribed AMBIEN, be sure the pill is oval and says “AMB.”
  • If you’re prescribed AMBIEN CR, be sure the pill is round and says “A~.”
Alert your pharmacist if your prescription isn't branded AMBIEN® or AMBIEN® CR

ALERT YOUR PHARMACIST IF IT ISN’T BRANDED AMBIEN OR AMBIEN CR

Make sure your pharmacist refills your prescription with the AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR brand you were prescribed.

Download The After Your Appointment Checklist
Use our coverage finder to see if your insurance will cover AMBIEN®

Coverage Finder

Before you have conversations with your doctor, make sure your insurance covers brand name AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR. Use the provided tool to see if you're covered.

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Learn about AMBIEN® and see if it's right for you

Ambien

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Learn about AMBIEN® CR and see if it's right for you

AMBIEN CR

Learn how AMBIEN CR is formulated not only to help you fall asleep, but stay asleep.

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