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 106 36
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 3 5
Fatigue 3 0
General health 2 0
Doctor recommendation 1 1

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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 2
Moderate 3
Mild 11
None 52

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Drowsy in morning 3
Delusions 1
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1
Grogginess 1
Grogginess in morning 1
Sleepiness 1

Show all 7 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 9
5 mg daily 3
2.5 mg daily 1
10mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 15
Doctor's advice 9
Other 8
Side effects too severe 7
Course of treatment ended 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
Personal research 1
See all 43 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis who've stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 55
Usually 7
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 60
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 5
< $25 44
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 1

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 1
Trazodone (Desyrel) 1
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Zolpidem taken for the purpose of 'amyotrophic lateral sclerosis'

Mar 24, 2013 (Started Nov 12, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for 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 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

  • 0 helpful marks
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