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 1583 792
Difficulty staying asleep 321 126
Insomnia 297 190
Fibromyalgia 120 72
General health 24 2

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 125
Moderate 226
Mild 369
None 644

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients Percentage
Grogginess 47
Sleep eating 42
Grogginess in morning 41
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 35
Drowsy in morning 31
Memory loss 28

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg daily 60
10mg as needed 23
5mg as needed 21
5 mg daily 18
12.5 mg daily 15
20 mg daily 6
10 mg weekly 2
6.25mg as needed 2
1 mg daily 1
2 tablet(s) daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 320
Side effects too severe 271
Doctor's advice 240
Other 186
Course of treatment ended 69
Expense 54
Personal research 43
Change in health plan coverage 36
See all 934 patients who've stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 56
10 years or more 51

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 179
1 - 6 months 193
6 months - 1 year 153
1 - 2 years 167
2 - 5 years 154
5 - 10 years 75
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 918
Usually 236
Sometimes 150
Never taken as prescribed 60
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 75
A little hard to take 157
Not at all hard to take 1088
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 18
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 102
< $25 706
Not specified 495

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Trazodone (Desyrel) 44
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 21
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 16
Temazepam (Restoril) 12
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Trazodone (Desyrel) 44
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 26
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 15
Temazepam (Restoril) 15
Doxepin (Sinequan) 9

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching to

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147 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for exhausting dreams)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • 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 (double vision (diplopia), drugged feeling)
  • 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 (double vision (diplopia), drugged feeling)
  • 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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