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 2375 815
Insomnia 767 193
Difficulty staying asleep 359 134
Fibromyalgia 127 73
Difficulty falling asleep 82 24

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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 227
Mild 377
None 665

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients Percentage
Grogginess 49
Sleep eating 44
Grogginess in morning 42
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 37
Drowsy in morning 32
Memory loss 28

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg daily 21
10mg as needed 12
5 mg daily 10
5mg as needed 9
12.5 mg daily 7
20 mg daily 4
6.25mg as needed 2
10 mg weekly 1
2 tablet(s) daily 1
6.25 mg every other day 1

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 335
Side effects too severe 278
Doctor's advice 247
Other 197
Course of treatment ended 70
Expense 57
Personal research 45
Change in health plan coverage 35
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Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 36

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 180
1 - 6 months 192
6 months - 1 year 154
1 - 2 years 167
2 - 5 years 153
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 937
Usually 241
Sometimes 156
Never taken as prescribed 62
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 78
A little hard to take 163
Not at all hard to take 1111
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 105
< $25 714
Not specified 515

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Trazodone (Apo-Trazodone) 44
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 22
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 16
Temazepam (Restoril) 12
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8

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Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Trazodone (Apo-Trazodone) 72
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 35
Temazepam (Restoril) 21
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 20
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 10

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147 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

Nov 17, 2020 (Started Sep 23, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Apparently affects some people negatively in the long term, but I feel it's good for difficult insomnias like mine.

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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

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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)

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