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 810 382
Sleep problems 314 171
Difficulty sleeping through night 178 73
Insomnia 95 88
Fibromyalgia 91 59
Difficulty falling asleep 51 18

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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 57
Moderate 106
Mild 192
None 329

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ambien

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 32
Grogginess 29
Sleep Walking 26
Groggy in morning 22
Drowsy in a.m. 21
Drug dependence 14

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ambien

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 57
5 mg daily 18
5mg as needed 12
10mg as needed 11
2.5 mg daily 1
15 mg daily 1
20 mg daily 1
30 10mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Ambien

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 153
Side effects too severe 128
Doctor's advice 100
Other 94
Course of treatment ended 27
Expense 25
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 13
See all 444 patients who’ve stopped taking Ambien

Duration

Currently taking Ambien

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 21

Stopped taking Ambien

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 68
1 - 6 months 103
6 months - 1 year 82
1 - 2 years 75
2 - 5 years 75
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 13
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 476
Usually 106
Sometimes 81
Never taken as prescribed 21
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 22
Somewhat hard to take 37
A little hard to take 82
Not at all hard to take 543
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 3
$50-99 9
$25-49 52
< $25 387
Not specified 228

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ambien after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 18
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 8
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 3
Ramelteon (Rozerem) 2
Temazepam (Restoril) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ambien and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 13
Temazepam (Restoril) 9
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 8
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 5
Doxepin (Sinequan) 4

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching to

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82 patient evaluations for Ambien

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ag44
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ag44
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Severe
52 M
Function: High
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar II

See ag44's full Ambien history

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
lazaras
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lazaras
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:M52y
FM:9y Dx
CFS:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See lazaras's full Ambien history

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
sarahpenn33
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sarahpenn33
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 38
Condition: Tarlov Cyst 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Tarlov Cyst

See sarahpenn33's full Ambien history

Jan 7, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Pay attention to holidays so u dont end up without meds .
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 3, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't forget to check the refill dates so u don't run out
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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