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 1585 797
Difficulty staying asleep 326 129
Insomnia 301 191
Fibromyalgia 120 72
General health 24 2

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 127
Moderate 226
Mild 374
None 645

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients Percentage
Grogginess 47
Sleep eating 44
Grogginess in morning 41
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 36
Drowsy in morning 31
Memory loss 28

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg daily 47
10mg as needed 16
5 mg daily 15
5mg as needed 14
12.5 mg daily 11
20 mg daily 4
10 mg weekly 2
2.5 mg daily 2
6.25 mg daily 2
6.25mg as needed 2

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 319
Side effects too severe 273
Doctor's advice 239
Other 186
Course of treatment ended 70
Expense 54
Personal research 43
Change in health plan coverage 36
See all 936 patients who've stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 6
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 46
10 years or more 35

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 179
1 - 6 months 193
6 months - 1 year 153
1 - 2 years 168
2 - 5 years 154
5 - 10 years 76
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 923
Usually 237
Sometimes 151
Never taken as prescribed 61
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 75
A little hard to take 158
Not at all hard to take 1095
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 103
< $25 707
Not specified 500

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Trazodone (Desyrel) 45
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) 45
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 25
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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