Zolpidem is the official name for what we commonly call generic Ambien. It is used for adults who suffer from insomnia. The drug classification has it in a class of drugs referred to as sedative-hypnotics. It influences the brain to help create a calming effect that will help clients fall asleep faster so they can get a good night’s sleep. It is a short term medication that is usually only taken for a period of one or two weeks or less.