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 1,537 765
Difficulty sleeping through night 313 126
Insomnia 292 190
Fibromyalgia 124 72
Difficulty falling asleep 73 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
120
Moderate
224
Mild
370
None
620

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 54
Grogginess 45
Sleep eating 42
Groggy in morning 40
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 36
Drowsy in a.m. 30

Show all 212 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 138
5 mg daily 63
5mg as needed 36
10mg as needed 32
12.5 mg daily 25
6.25 mg daily 10
6.25mg as needed 5
10 mg weekly 3
1 mg daily 2
2.5 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 300
Side effects too severe 258
Doctor's advice 229
Other 181
Course of treatment ended 65
Expense 53
Personal research 41
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 889 patients who've stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 89
5 - 10 years 100
10 years or more 73

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 154
1 - 6 months 193
6 months - 1 year 150
1 - 2 years 166
2 - 5 years 147
5 - 10 years 72
10 years or more 30
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 894
Usually 230
Sometimes 149
Never taken as prescribed 61
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 75
A little hard to take 154
Not at all hard to take 1062
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 101
< $25 705
Not specified 466

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 40
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 19
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11
Temazepam (Restoril) 8
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 35
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 22
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 14
Temazepam (Restoril) 12
Doxepin (Sinequan) 8

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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150 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

Sep 15, 2017 (Started Aug 24, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleep walking (somnambulism))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Make sure the first few times you take this medication that you have someone else staying with you in case you sleep walk.

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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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
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