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 1,558 780
Difficulty staying asleep 314 126
Insomnia 292 187
Fibromyalgia 123 72
Difficulty falling asleep 75 26

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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 121
Moderate 227
Mild 372
None 632

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 55
Grogginess 46
Groggy in morning 42
Sleep eating 42
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 123
5 mg daily 71
10mg as needed 42
5mg as needed 29
12.5 mg daily 28
6.25 mg daily 9
20 mg daily 4
6.25mg as needed 4
10 mg weekly 2
2.5 mg daily 2

See all 28 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 311
Side effects too severe 266
Doctor's advice 237
Other 187
Course of treatment ended 66
Expense 54
Personal research 44
Change in health plan coverage 37
See all 920 patients who've stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 69
5 - 10 years 118
10 years or more 86

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 168
1 - 6 months 192
6 months - 1 year 146
1 - 2 years 171
2 - 5 years 153
5 - 10 years 76
10 years or more 36
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 905
Usually 238
Sometimes 149
Never taken as prescribed 60
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 75
A little hard to take 158
Not at all hard to take 1075
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 102
< $25 710
Not specified 478

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 41
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 20
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 13
Temazepam (Restoril) 10
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 41
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 24
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 14
Temazepam (Restoril) 14
Doxepin (Sinequan) 9

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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148 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for dreams exhausting)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dreams exhausting)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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)

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 24, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sleep walking (somnambulism))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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