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 1,394 682
Sleep problems 572 282
Difficulty sleeping through night 324 130
Insomnia 250 157
Fibromyalgia 120 67
Difficulty falling asleep 74 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
Severe 108
Moderate 203
Mild 339
None 540

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 53
Grogginess 43
Groggy in morning 36
Sleep eating 33
Sleep Walking 33
Drowsy in a.m. 29

Show all 193 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 100
5mg as needed 26
12.5 mg daily 22
5 mg daily 20
10mg as needed 19
6.25 mg daily 6
1 mg daily 2
12.5mg as needed 2
10 mg every other week 1
2 tablet(s) daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 270
Side effects too severe 232
Doctor's advice 204
Other 165
Course of treatment ended 62
Expense 53
Personal research 39
Change in health plan coverage 34
See all 805 patients who’ve stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 58
5 - 10 years 69
10 years or more 40

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 132
1 - 6 months 186
6 months - 1 year 143
1 - 2 years 157
2 - 5 years 130
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 804
Usually 204
Sometimes 134
Never taken as prescribed 48
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 40
Somewhat hard to take 72
A little hard to take 147
Not at all hard to take 931
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 37
$25-49 102
< $25 621
Not specified 406

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 26
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 11
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 5
Lorazepam (Ativan) 4
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 23
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 12
Temazepam (Restoril) 11
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 7
Doxepin (Sinequan) 6

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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149 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

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gkygrl
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gkygrl
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See gkygrl's full Zolpidem history

May 14, 2013 (Started Oct 07, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Drowsy in a.m.)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Switched to Melatonin after seeing too much negative press about Ambien.

  • 0 helpful marks
HappyPhysicist
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HappyPhysicist
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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Mar 24, 2013 (Started Nov 12, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Started taking Ambien as part of a protocol to treat ALS proposed by a physician in South Africa. Seemed to have not effect on my progression, in fact the period I have been on Ambien has represented the fastest rate of progression, but I wouldn't read too much into that.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 15, 2013 (Started Nov 12, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Did not seem to improve my state or slow progression. Would have continued but it made me sleepy and affected my balance.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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KatB
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KatB
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: Dermatomyositis 42 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Dermatomyositis

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Jan 15, 2013 (Started May 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 21, 2012 (Started May 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It helped the 1st night. Now I generally skip taking it awhile & then take 2 to try to fall asleep & that only works part of the time.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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