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 1,444 716
Sleep problems 598 298
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 354
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 130
5 mg daily 40
5mg as needed 30
10mg as needed 27
12.5 mg daily 24
6.25 mg daily 6
1 mg daily 2
2.5 mg daily 2
15 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 2

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 275
Side effects too severe 240
Doctor's advice 212
Other 167
Course of treatment ended 63
Expense 52
Personal research 38
Change in health plan coverage 34
See all 827 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 26
2 - 5 years 78
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 64

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 133
5 - 10 years 60
10 years or more 26
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 840
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 981
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 103
< $25 654
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 29 treatments patients report switching to

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149 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

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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: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 4
External Stress: Severe
52 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
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
Tinafici
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Tinafici
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 48
Condition: Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I have:
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

See Tinafici's full Zolpidem history

Sep 15, 2016 (Started Jun 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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