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 1,557 779
Difficulty staying asleep 314 127
Insomnia 293 189
Fibromyalgia 123 72
Difficulty falling asleep 74 26

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 121
Moderate 227
Mild 373
None 629

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 54
Grogginess 46
Sleep eating 43
Groggy in morning 40
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 36
Drowsy in a.m. 30

Show all 208 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 129
5 mg daily 61
10mg as needed 38
5mg as needed 34
12.5 mg daily 29
6.25 mg daily 9
6.25mg as needed 6
20 mg daily 4
10 mg weekly 3
2.5 mg daily 3

See all 28 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 309
Side effects too severe 267
Doctor's advice 235
Other 184
Course of treatment ended 66
Expense 54
Personal research 42
Change in health plan coverage 36
See all 914 patients who've stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 73
5 - 10 years 122
10 years or more 80

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 167
1 - 6 months 191
6 months - 1 year 146
1 - 2 years 170
2 - 5 years 152
5 - 10 years 75
10 years or more 35
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 903
Usually 237
Sometimes 150
Never taken as prescribed 60
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 75
A little hard to take 158
Not at all hard to take 1074
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 102
< $25 709
Not specified 477

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 40
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 20
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 13
Temazepam (Restoril) 9
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 41
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 25
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 14
Temazepam (Restoril) 13
Doxepin (Sinequan) 9

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching to

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148 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

Oct 15, 2013 (Started Sep 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty staying asleep)
  • 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

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

May 15, 2013 (Started Nov 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for difficulty staying asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • 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 staying asleep)
  • 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 difficulty staying asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for sleep problems)
  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks
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