History of Ambien


Ambien is a drug that was first created by G. D. Searle & Company, a mid-sized Chicago

pharmaceutical company, which was first started by a U.S. Civil War veteran, Gideon Daniel

Searle. After working at drug stores, he started a partnership in Omaha, Nebraska in 1888,

moved to Chicago, dissolved the partnership and incorporated G. D. Searle & Company in 1905.

Passed down through the family, the company was sold to Monsanto Company in 1985. The

bulk laxative, Metamucil, was created by G. D. Searle & Company, as was the motion-sickness

medication, Dramamine, the artificial sweetener, NutraSweet, and the pain medication, Celebrex.


Donald Rumsfeld, the U.S. defense secretary under both Presidents Gerald Ford and George

W. Bush, was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of G. D. Searle & Company between 1977

and 1985. It was during this period of time that the company’s research department developed a

medication for insomnia called Ambien.


Eventually, the U.S. patent for zolpidem was held by the French pharmaceutical company,

Sanofi-Aventis, which is based in Paris. In 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

gave the approval of generic versions of zolpidem to 13 different pharmaceutical companies. A

number of UK pharmaceutical companies manufacture generic versions of zolpidem. Generic versions

of the South African version of the drug are made by the pharmaceutical company,

Sandoz, and in Germany, the drug company, Ratiopharm, makes generic zolpidem.

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Other Names for Ambien

Besides Ambien, other brand names for zolpidem are as follows: Zorimin, Zoratio, Zopim,

Zopidem, Zopid, Zonoct, Zonadin, Zomnia, Zolway, Zolway, Zoltis, Zolsana, Zolpium,

Zolpitric, Zolpitrac, Zolpitop, Zolpistar, Zolpirest, Zolpiram, Zolpi-Q, Zolpinox, Zolpimist,

Zolpimerck, Zolpi-Lich, Zolpihexal, Zolpigen, Zolpidex, Zolpidem-Teva, Zolpidemtartrat

Actavis, Zolpidemtartraat Stada, Zolpidemtartraat ratiopharm, Zolpedemtartraat PCH,

Zolpedemtartraat Mylan, Zolpedemtartraat Losan, Zolpedemtartraat Genthon, Zolpedemtartraat

Fidia, Zolpedemtartraat CF, Zolpedemtartraat Apotex, Zolpedemtartraat Actavis,

Zolpedemtartraat A, Zolpidem-Puren, Zolpidem-neuraxpharm, Zolpidem-Mepha, ZolpidemGA,

Zolpidem-EG, Zolpidem-DP, Zolpidem-CT, Zolpidem-1A Pharma, Zolpidem, Zolpidem

Zydus, Zolpidem Zentiva, Zolpidem Winthrop, Zolpidem Walmark, Zolpidem Vitabalans,

Zolpidem Ur, Zolpidem Teva, Zolpidem Tartrate Wockhardt, Zolpidem Tartrate Vintage,

Zolpidem Tartrate Torrent, Zolpidem Tartrate Teva, Zolpidem Tartrate Synthon, Zolpidem

Tartrate Sandoz, Zolpidem Tartrate Roxane, Zolpidem Tartrate Ranbaxy, Zolpidem Tartrate

Mylan, Zolpidem Tartrate Lek, Zolpidem Tartrate InvaGen, Zolpidem Tartrate Hikma, Zolpidem

Tartrate Dr. Reddy’s, Zolpidem Tartrate Carlsbad, Zolpidem Tartrate Caraco, Zolpidem

Tartrate Aurobindo, Zolpidem Tartrate Apotex, Zolpidem Tartrate Anchen, Zolpidem Tartrate

Actavis, Zolpidemtartrat, Zolpidem tartras, Zolpidem Streuli, Zolpidem STADA, Zolpidem

Stada, Zolpidem Sandoz, Zolpidem Rimafar, Zolpidem real, Zolpidem ratiopharm, Zolpidem

Qualimed, Zolpidem Pharmagenus, Zolpidem Orion, Zolpidem Norman, Zolpidem Mylan,

Zolpidem MK, Zolpidem Merck, Zolpidem La Santé, Zolpidem Hexal, Zolpidem Heumann,

Zolpidem Helvepharm, Zolpidem hydrogenotartras, Zolpidem hemitartrate, Zolpidem Genthon,

Zolpidem Genfar, Zolpidem Generis, Zolpidem Fidia, Zolpidem Eurogenerics, Zolpidem

EG, Zolpidem Edigen, Zolpidem dura, Zolpidem DOC, Zolpidem Desgen, Zolpidem Davur,

Zolpidem Desgen, Zolpidem Davur, Zolpidem CristerS, Zolpidem CR Zentiva, Zolpidem

Colmed, Zolpidem Cinfa, Zolpidem Biogaran, Zolpidem Bexal, Zolpidem beta, Zolpidem ATB,

Zolpidem Arrow, Zolpidem Aristo, Zolpidem Alter, Zolpidem Almus, Zolpidem AL, Zolpidem

Actavis, Zolpidem Acost, Zolpidem AbZ, Zolpid, Zolpicin, Zolpic, Zolpiart, Zolpiapt, Zolpi,

Zolp, Zolojet, Zolodorm, Zolnoxs, Zolnox, Zolnod, Zolnex, Zolmia, Zolman, Zolit, Zolip,

Zolfresh, Zolep, Zoldox, Zoldorm, Zoldem, Zolcent, Zolax, Zodorm, Zodenex, Zodem, Zleep,

Zipsoon, Zem, Zedem, Zavaina, Zappy, Zanlop, Xentic, Viradex, Vicknox, Uninorm, Syzol,

Stilpidem, Stimin, Stilnox CR, Stilnox, Stilnox Programmi Santari, Stilnox Farma 1000, Stilnoct,

Stildem, Stella, Sumenan, Sucedal, Sublinox, Soza, Sove, Sonirem, Somno, Somnor, Somnipron,

Somit, Somiden, Sobrium, Sleepman, Sendimol, Semi-Nax, Sanval, Restem, Pidezol, Pharma

Zolpidem Turtrate, Pedo, Olpid, Nytamel, Nytamei, Nuo Bin, Noxidem, Nottem, Nocte, Nitrest,

Nimadorm, Nilrest, Nicra, Nasen, Myslee, Mylan Zolpidem, Mondeal, Lypin, Lopitas,

Lipidem, Lioram, Le Tan, Kayzole, Ivedal, Ivadal, Isodem, Insom, Insodem, Imtermezzo,

Getrest, Hypnonorm, Hypnogen, Hipnatur, GenRX Zolpidem, Fulsedem, Flaznil, Edluar, Eanox,

Dormosol, Dormizol, Dormirex, Dormilan, Dormilam, Dormeben, Dem, Damixan, Dalparan,

Dactive, Cymerion, Bikalm, Bunapte, Azold, Atrimon, Apo-Zolpin, Apo-Zolpidem, Ambien CR,

Ambulax-Z, Ambiz, Adormix, Adco-Zolpidem, and 10-Nalt.