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Ambien is a medication that is commonly prescribed to treat insomnia, a condition in which a person has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It belongs to a class of medications called sedative-hypnotics, which work by slowing down the activity in the brain to help induce sleep.

When taken as prescribed, Ambien helps to calm the mind, relax the muscles, and make it easier to fall asleep. The medication is usually taken orally in the form of a tablet, and it is recommended to take it just before going to bed.

It is important to follow the prescribed dosage and not exceed it, as higher doses can increase the risk of side effects. The duration of treatment with Ambien usually ranges from a few days to a few weeks.