What is Zolpidem?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 1,481 745
Sleep problems 624 315
Difficulty sleeping through night 325 128
Insomnia 276 178
Fibromyalgia 122 70
Difficulty falling asleep 74 25

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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
Severe 120
Moderate 216
Mild 366
None 594

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 53
Grogginess 45
Sleep eating 41
Groggy in morning 40
Sleep Walking 36
Drowsy in a.m. 30

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 155
5 mg daily 58
5mg as needed 38
10mg as needed 28
12.5 mg daily 22
6.25 mg daily 6
2.5 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 3
20 mg daily 3
6.25mg as needed 3

See all 28 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 284
Side effects too severe 245
Doctor's advice 219
Other 174
Course of treatment ended 64
Expense 53
Personal research 40
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 851 patients who’ve stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 84
5 - 10 years 98
10 years or more 75

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 142
1 - 6 months 191
6 months - 1 year 149
1 - 2 years 162
2 - 5 years 137
5 - 10 years 65
10 years or more 28
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 873
Usually 223
Sometimes 143
Never taken as prescribed 57
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 74
A little hard to take 153
Not at all hard to take 1025
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 101
< $25 681
Not specified 452

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 33
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 12
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 28
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 15
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10
Temazepam (Restoril) 10
Doxepin (Sinequan) 7

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching to

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150 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

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LFSunspot
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LFSunspot
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 59
Condition: Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak 9 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak

See LFSunspot's full Zolpidem history

Jan 11, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
25yrRA
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25yrRA
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 55
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Oct 15, 2013 (Started Sep 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Made me virtually comatose.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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

  • 0 helpful marks
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