147 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

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Oct 1, 2011 (Started Aug 17, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (multiple sclerosis)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ambien worsened my MS symptoms over time.

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Sep 19, 2011 (Started Sep 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for difficulty staying asleep)
  • Side effects
    Severe (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My problem was an inability to sleep through the night. I was waking up about 4 hours into sleep, and then unable to fall back asleep. Ambien was taken at bedtime with my muscle relaxant (already taking). I still woke up 4-5 hours into sleep but then was super drowsy until getting out of bed. Also, side effect of diarrhea was extreme. Stopped Ambien, and diarrhea stopped.
Side effects: diarrhea

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Sep 15, 2011 (Started Jul 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Apr 29, 2011 (Started Jul 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Apr 27, 2011 (Started Jul 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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Sep 10, 2011 (Started Aug 24, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't like to take these, but can't go to sleep without. Easy to get addicted
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 1, 2011 (Started Dec 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

Jan 13, 2011 (Started Dec 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

Dec 27, 2010 (Started Dec 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

Dec 20, 2010 (Started Dec 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

Dec 13, 2010 (Started Dec 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

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May 5, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am hoping to cut back and my doctor has said I can start taking it every other day. As long as I take my muscle relaxant and pain meds this works pretty well. After a couple weeks I cut back to every 2 nights and got very sick. We are not sure if it was a withdrawal reaction, which we think is unlikely, or something else. With fibromyalgia it is hard to tell. Now I have to take a blood pressure med 3 times a day to keep the cold, clammy, sweats and unbearable weakness away, and I am back to taking the ambien every night.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Oct 4, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am gradually cutting down. I am currently taking the Ambien CR every other night. That wasn't an option under dosage.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Aug 20, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Works well when I take it with 15 mg MS Contin. Alone was better than nothing, but I was still waking in pain often and hurt so much by about 4AM that I still wasn't getting enough sleep. It wasn't strong enough to overcome the pain.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jun 5, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: With fibromialgia we need more non-REM sleep. I don't think it is give me that, I still talk and toss and turn, but some sleep is better than no sleep. I used to sleep 3-4 hours if I was lucky, now I can generally sleep 7 with only waking up about 2 times. Even then I fall back to sleep quickly.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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Apr 19, 2011 (Started Sep 02, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive sleeping (hypersomnia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: accept higher dose for first few weeks, then lower it.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: excessive sleeping (hypersomnia)

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Mar 23, 2011 (Started Jun 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, sluggishness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Taking the Ambien along with the Temazepam, helps me sleep deeper. Taking one or the other, I continued to have interrupted sleep.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness, sluggishness, dizziness, headaches

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Mar 20, 2011 (Started Dec 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

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Mar 15, 2011 (Started Oct 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (memory loss, sleep eating)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: One 10mg tab was never enough to induce sleep. I always had to take another tab about 6 hours later, which would allow about 3 hours of sleep. Just not enough. If the doctor would have allowed me to take 2 tabs at once, it would have worked well, as it used to with my Doc in Cincinnati. Early years taking Ambien caused amnesia if my husband were to wake me up for one reason or another, and I did get up and eat at times without memory, but I never left the house as I have heard reported. The sleep was very comfortable when the drug worked. And no morning hangover effect. My new primary phys. rec. I stop the Ambien, and try Deseryl, even though I've tried it in the past without effective results. But, maybe with my different regime of meds at the present, will make a difference.
Side effects: sleep eating, memory loss

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