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 1,471 738
Sleep problems 616 311
Difficulty sleeping through night 324 128
Insomnia 272 175
Fibromyalgia 122 70
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 118
Moderate 214
Mild 365
None 587

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 53
Grogginess 45
Groggy in morning 39
Sleep eating 38
Sleep Walking 35
Drowsy in a.m. 30

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 146
5 mg daily 48
5mg as needed 39
10mg as needed 26
12.5 mg daily 23
6.25 mg daily 6
15 mg daily 3
12.5mg as needed 3
2.5 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 280
Side effects too severe 244
Doctor's advice 217
Other 171
Course of treatment ended 65
Expense 52
Personal research 40
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 845 patients who’ve stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 77
5 - 10 years 88
10 years or more 74

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 141
1 - 6 months 190
6 months - 1 year 147
1 - 2 years 162
2 - 5 years 136
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 28
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 868
Usually 218
Sometimes 142
Never taken as prescribed 56
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 73
A little hard to take 151
Not at all hard to take 1016
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 103
< $25 674
Not specified 445

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 32
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 11
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) 29
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: 1 star
  • 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
lazaras
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lazaras
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:M53y
FM:10y Dx
CFS:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See lazaras's full Zolpidem history

Jan 8, 2017 (Started Sep 09, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Restless feeling in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Inability to sleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Jan 22, 2015 (Started Sep 09, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Inability to sleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Restless feeling in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Grogginess)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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