What is Ambien?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Zolpidem

Ambien® is a brand name for zolpidem. It is a sedative-hypnotic drug 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 854 420
Sleep problems 340 188
Difficulty sleeping through night 179 73
Insomnia 109 99
Fibromyalgia 93 60
Difficulty falling asleep 51 19

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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 63
Moderate 113
Mild 209
None 360

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ambien

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 32
Grogginess 30
Sleep Walking 27
Groggy in morning 24
Drowsy in a.m. 21
Drug dependence 14

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ambien

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 95
5 mg daily 29
5mg as needed 16
10mg as needed 13
2.5 mg daily 3
12.5 mg daily 2
15 mg daily 2
30 10mg as needed 2
10 mg weekly 1
20 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ambien

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 158
Side effects too severe 137
Doctor's advice 107
Other 97
Course of treatment ended 27
Expense 25
Personal research 19
Change in health plan coverage 13
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Duration

Currently taking Ambien

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 40

Stopped taking Ambien

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 72
1 - 6 months 105
6 months - 1 year 84
1 - 2 years 79
2 - 5 years 80
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 517
Usually 115
Sometimes 87
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 25
Somewhat hard to take 38
A little hard to take 86
Not at all hard to take 596
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 3
$50-99 10
$25-49 53
< $25 422
Not specified 252

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ambien after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 21
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 8
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 4
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3
Temazepam (Restoril) 3

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ambien and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 17
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 10
Temazepam (Restoril) 8
Doxepin (Sinequan) 5
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 5

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching to

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82 patient evaluations for Ambien

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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

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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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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

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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

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ag44
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ag44
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 4
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Overwhelming
52 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
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

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