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 1,526 763
Difficulty sleeping through night 314 126
Insomnia 285 184
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 223
Mild 368
None 615

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 53
Grogginess 45
Sleep eating 41
Groggy in morning 40
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 36
Drowsy in a.m. 30

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 138
5 mg daily 50
5mg as needed 32
10mg as needed 28
12.5 mg daily 23
6.25 mg daily 5
6.25mg as needed 5
100 mg daily 3
2.5 mg daily 2
15 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 291
Side effects too severe 254
Doctor's advice 226
Other 178
Course of treatment ended 64
Expense 53
Personal research 41
Change in health plan coverage 35
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Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 85
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 67

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 150
1 - 6 months 193
6 months - 1 year 149
1 - 2 years 163
2 - 5 years 143
5 - 10 years 69
10 years or more 29
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 894
Usually 227
Sometimes 147
Never taken as prescribed 58
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 74
A little hard to take 153
Not at all hard to take 1056
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 100
< $25 703
Not specified 461

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 35
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 16
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 12
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6
Temazepam (Restoril) 6

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 32
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 19
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 13
Temazepam (Restoril) 12
Doxepin (Sinequan) 8

Show all 32 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)

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