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 1,442 715
Sleep problems 596 297
Difficulty sleeping through night 324 128
Insomnia 265 169
Fibromyalgia 122 69
Difficulty falling asleep 74 25

Show all 92 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 113
Moderate 211
Mild 352
None 567

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 53
Grogginess 44
Groggy in morning 39
Sleep eating 35
Sleep Walking 34
Drowsy in a.m. 29

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 126
5 mg daily 40
5mg as needed 28
10mg as needed 27
12.5 mg daily 24
6.25 mg daily 6
2.5 mg daily 2
15 mg daily 2
12.5mg as needed 2
10 mg every other week 1

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 275
Side effects too severe 240
Doctor's advice 212
Other 166
Course of treatment ended 63
Expense 52
Personal research 38
Change in health plan coverage 34
See all 826 patients who’ve stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 76
5 - 10 years 75
10 years or more 63

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 138
1 - 6 months 186
6 months - 1 year 146
1 - 2 years 161
2 - 5 years 132
5 - 10 years 60
10 years or more 26
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 838
Usually 212
Sometimes 139
Never taken as prescribed 54
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 42
Somewhat hard to take 73
A little hard to take 149
Not at all hard to take 979
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 103
< $25 652
Not specified 426

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 28
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 10
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 6
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 5
Lorazepam (Ativan) 4

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 26
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 13
Temazepam (Restoril) 10
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 8
Doxepin (Sinequan) 7

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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149 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

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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

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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