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 1,452 724
Sleep problems 604 302
Difficulty sleeping through night 324 128
Insomnia 269 172
Fibromyalgia 122 69
Difficulty falling asleep 74 25

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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 114
Moderate 212
Mild 360
None 574

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 40
5mg as needed 33
10mg as needed 26
12.5 mg daily 22
6.25 mg daily 5
2.5 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 2
12.5mg as needed 2

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 278
Side effects too severe 242
Doctor's advice 214
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 2
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 79
5 - 10 years 81
10 years or more 64

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 140
1 - 6 months 187
6 months - 1 year 146
1 - 2 years 161
2 - 5 years 135
5 - 10 years 62
10 years or more 26
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 849
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 994
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 103
< $25 661
Not specified 434

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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relayman
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relayman
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

See relayman's full Zolpidem history

Mar 23, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drugged feeling, Double vision (diplopia))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Double vision (diplopia)

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Dec 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drugged feeling, Double vision (diplopia))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Double vision (diplopia)

Feb 9, 2011 (Started Dec 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Double vision (diplopia)

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gingin73
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gingin73
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 43
Condition: Chronic Pain Syndrome 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Chronic Pain Syndrome

See gingin73's full Zolpidem history

Jan 24, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Sleep Walking)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
ag44
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ag44
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 4
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 4
External Stress: Overwhelming
52 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar II

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Nov 27, 2016 (Started Mar 04, 2013)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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