What is Zolpidem?

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Zolpidem tartrate is a sedative-hypnotic drug that is used for short-term treatment of insomnia that presents as difficulty of sleep onset and maintenance of sleep.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Insomnia 1,565 788
Insomnia 290 187
Fibromyalgia 123 72
General health 24 2
Fatigue 17 3

Show all 87 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 122
Moderate 227
Mild 376
None 639

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Grogginess 46
Grogginess in morning 43
Sleep eating 42
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 37
Drowsy in morning 30
Memory loss 28

Show all 162 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 109
5 mg daily 45
10mg as needed 32
5mg as needed 24
12.5 mg daily 21
6.25 mg daily 6
6.25mg as needed 4
20 mg daily 3
10 mg weekly 2
2.5 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 314
Side effects too severe 268
Doctor's advice 241
Other 190
Course of treatment ended 66
Expense 54
Personal research 44
Change in health plan coverage 37
See all 931 patients who've stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 91
10 years or more 79

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 173
1 - 6 months 193
6 months - 1 year 149
1 - 2 years 171
2 - 5 years 153
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 918
Usually 238
Sometimes 148
Never taken as prescribed 60
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 45
Somewhat hard to take 76
A little hard to take 160
Not at all hard to take 1083
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 103
< $25 712
Not specified 487

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 45
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 19
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 14
Temazepam (Restoril) 10
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 42
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 25
Temazepam (Restoril) 15
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 13
Doxepin (Sinequan) 9

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching to

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148 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for exhausting dreams)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for exhausting dreams)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 23, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drugged feeling, double vision (diplopia))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: double vision (diplopia)

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Dec 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drugged feeling, double vision (diplopia))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: double vision (diplopia)

Feb 9, 2011 (Started Dec 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: double vision (diplopia)

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 24, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sleep walking (somnambulism))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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