147 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

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Dec 10, 2008 (Started Apr 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (amnesia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Take this medication right before going to sleep. It has been my experience that if I do anything after taking this medication I will not remember it the next day. I've had phone conversations with people and had no recollection of it the next day. I've gone to the grocery store, prepared meals and driven to people's houses and didn't remember any of it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: amnesia

  • 1 helpful mark

Feb 20, 2010 (Started Nov 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (amnesia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Be cautious with this drug. You can remain active, even driving, although you will have no recall of the activity.
Side effects: amnesia

Feb 1, 2010 (Started Nov 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (amnesia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: When I first started taking Ambien, I had amnesic episodes where I bought expensive items on the internet. Did not remember doing it. The drug would make me stoned, but I did not sleep.
Side effects: amnesia

  • 1 helpful mark

Mar 9, 2010 (Started Feb 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: My p-doc just thought I was on too many pills. Bye Bye Zolpidem. I wasn't really using it anyway.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 24, 2010 (Started Feb 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: For me, it helps me to fall asleep, I THINK. I don't stay asleep, but I'm not on the controlled release version of this, just regular Ambien. I don't like taking it every night, but I was in denial of how poor my sleeping habits were, they are awful and that can't be good for my mood problems. If I get 6 hours of sleep a night I am INCREDIBLY lucky. 5 is normal, I think. I'm not sure how much time I spend sleeping or tossing and turning though. I know I'm in bed for five hours at least. It helps a lot of people, but not me so much. Eh.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Mar 18, 2010 (Started Oct 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for inability to sleep)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Although this medicine works good for sleep if I happen to wake after taking it I do and say things that I do not remember in the A.M. It can be very scary to have others tell you things that you don't remember at all. DO NOT drive after taking this medication.

  • 1 helpful mark

May 22, 2010 (Started May 09, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 10mgs at night, worked exceptionally well, ..... however, once I increased my dosage of Parnate, 15-20mgs is necessary to make me fall asleep, and I wake up 3-4 hours after dosing, and must re-dose in order to go back to sleep. Obviously, Ambien has positive effects besides its Anti-Insomnia properties, these include (for me) - reduction of Anxiety/Depression/OCD/Fibromyalgia/RLS symptoms. I have found Ambien to also be useful for Random unexpected bouts of Akathisia, but positive effects only last 4 hours at most, which limits its usefulness for long periods of time. For Me, Tolerance to the sedative/hypnotic effects of Ambien/Zolpidem occur rapidly with Daily use, (tolerance does not seem to occur for any of the other beneficial effects) --- thus, I occasionally take short breaks from use.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 18, 2008 (Started Jul 11, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 4, 2008 (Started Apr 03, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: When I use the ambien and my clonazapam together it puts me to sleep and I wake up feeling not tired right off the bat.I have to use both because the ambien by itself does not work.Make sure your ready to climb in bed right away .
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 30, 2008 (Started Sep 30, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty staying asleep)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (amnesia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Take this medication AFTER you are in the bed and just before you turn out the light to minimize the chances that you will get back up and do or say things you will not remember.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: amnesia

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 10, 2008 (Started Jun 02, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 24, 2008 (Started Jun 02, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ambien prevents me from waking up several times a night, but it doesn't address the cause of my insomnia. It could be due to emotional issues/stress or weak breathing. The Ambien pill does help me sleep better, and it doesn't prevent me from hearing my alarm clock in the morning.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 8, 2008 (Started Jul 31, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty staying asleep)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (crying, grogginess, irrational behavior)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: It can cause you to do strange things.
Side effects: crying, grogginess, irrational behavior

  • 0 helpful marks
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