Why isn't Ambien (zolpidem) available to order from Canada?

Written by Gabriel Levitt, MA | Posted marzo 04, 2019 | Updated diciembre 03, 2020

The short answer is that no international online pharmacy listed on PharmacyChecker.com sells Ambien (zolpidem) —or controlled medications of any kind — to consumers in the United States. The reasons are worth exploring.

Ambien (zolpidem tartrate), is a sedative used to treat insomnia. While it may help some folks finally get a good night's rest, Ambien is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Canadian pharmacies and all non-U.S. pharmacies approved in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program, under our pharmacy standards, are not permitted to dispense any controlled substances, as defined by the U.S. DEA, into the U.S.

Unfortunately, there are rogue pharmacy sites that may sell Ambien without requiring a prescription, which is dangerous and illegal. We view such sites as rogue online pharmacies, which are also more likely to sell you a counterfeit or substandard medication.

Although the PharmacyChecker Verification Program is not open to pharmacies outside the U.S. that ship Ambien, you can use our website to check prices for Ambien at your local pharmacy or take advantage of patient assistance programs.

Ambien (zolpidem) Savings at Local Pharmacies

If you are looking for the generic version of Ambien and live in the U.S., you may find it's very inexpensive, compared to the brand. The current cost brand-name Ambien 10 mg averages around $20 per pill, compared to the generic, zolpidem tartrate, which can be purchased for around $2.30 per pill at local U.S. pharmacies in conjunction with a prescription discount card. 

The good news is you can search for local U.S. prices using our PharmacyCecker.com! Enter the drug name in the "Compare Drug Prices" search box, follow the prompts, then enter your ZIP Code in the "Find Discounted Prices at Local U.S. Pharmacies" box. If discount prices are available at pharmacies in your area, you can select the pharmacy, print the discount coupon and bring it to your local pharmacy with your prescription.

Find Discounted Prices on Ambien at Local U.S. Pharmacies

Find Discounted Prices on Zolpidem at Local U.S. Pharmacies

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Ambien (zolpidem) Patient Assistance Programs

Many manufacturers offer assistance with the cost of medications through patient assistance programs. Information regarding patient assistance programs offered for Ambien can be found here:

Ambien Patient Assistance

For additional information- Check out our blogpost about why you should buy Ambien at your local pharmacy instead of abroad.

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