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 1,457 726
Sleep problems 606 302
Difficulty sleeping through night 324 128
Insomnia 269 172
Fibromyalgia 122 69
Difficulty falling asleep 74 25

Show all 94 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 114
Moderate 212
Mild 360
None 576

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 53
Grogginess 45
Groggy in morning 39
Sleep eating 36
Sleep Walking 34
Drowsy in a.m. 29

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 139
5 mg daily 43
5mg as needed 35
10mg as needed 26
12.5 mg daily 23
6.25 mg daily 5
2.5 mg daily 3
20 mg daily 3
1 mg daily 2
15 mg daily 2

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 280
Side effects too severe 242
Doctor's advice 215
Other 168
Course of treatment ended 63
Expense 52
Personal research 39
Change in health plan coverage 34
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Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 80
5 - 10 years 83
10 years or more 65

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 140
1 - 6 months 187
6 months - 1 year 147
1 - 2 years 161
2 - 5 years 136
5 - 10 years 62
10 years or more 26
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 851
Usually 214
Sometimes 142
Never taken as prescribed 55
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 73
A little hard to take 150
Not at all hard to take 996
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 103
< $25 662
Not specified 435

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 29
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 10
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 7
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6
Lorazepam (Ativan) 4

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 27
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 14
Temazepam (Restoril) 10
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 8
Doxepin (Sinequan) 7

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching to

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149 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

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SoreMomma
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SoreMomma
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: all
Description:F39y
FM:7y Dx
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See SoreMomma's full Zolpidem history

Jul 1, 2013 (Started Mar 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Addictive (prefer to take a pill every night to sleep very soundly), Very hard to wake me)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 18, 2013 (Started Mar 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Addictive (prefer to take a pill every night to sleep very soundly), Very hard to wake me)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have taken a lot of different prescribed sleeping pills and have had very little success with them. With Ambien I have had great success with it. It allows me to actually get several hours of sleep. May not be the full 8 hours, but it defiantly allows me to sleep better.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 12, 2013 (Started Mar 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Addictive (prefer to take a pill every night to sleep very soundly), Very hard to wake me)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 29, 2012 (Started Mar 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: So far I have only had to take this medication twice since I got it. It is take as needed and I have been really trying to fall asleep on my own. There has been times I have had to take it and when I do I take a 1/2 a pill because I can take a 1/2 to full pill a night. It works great to help me fall asleep and I don't wake up the next morning with that "drunk" feeling. I have really enjoyed having the medication by my side.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Ladywolf319
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Ladywolf319
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 32
Condition: CRPS II 29 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
CRPS II

See Ladywolf319's full Zolpidem history

May 15, 2013 (Started Nov 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Hangover effect, Grogginess, Memory problems, Brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I was completely unable to function the next day. It kind of helped me fall asleep, but I would wake up after a few hours and be unable to go back to sleep. It wasn't worth feeling hungover and being so out of it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 15, 2012 (Started Nov 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Hangover effect, Grogginess, Memory problems, Brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Do not take it continuosly unless constructed by a physician your body can become highly dependent very quickly!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 27, 2011 (Started Nov 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Hangover effect, Grogginess, Memory problems, Brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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

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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.

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