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 920 453
Difficulty sleeping through night 170 71
Insomnia 118 105
Fibromyalgia 93 61
Difficulty falling asleep 51 20

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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
67
Moderate
121
Mild
214
None
388

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ambien

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 32
Grogginess 30
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 27
Groggy in morning 25
Drowsy in a.m. 21
Sleep eating 17

Show all 136 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ambien

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 68
5 mg daily 37
10mg as needed 21
5mg as needed 17
20 mg daily 3
30 10mg as needed 2
0.5 mg daily 1
10 mg weekly 1
2.5 mg daily 1
12.5 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ambien

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 175
Side effects too severe 145
Doctor's advice 115
Other 106
Course of treatment ended 30
Expense 25
Personal research 19
Change in health plan coverage 13
See all 505 patients who've stopped taking Ambien

Duration

Currently taking Ambien

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 42

Stopped taking Ambien

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 90
1 - 6 months 106
6 months - 1 year 84
1 - 2 years 84
2 - 5 years 84
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 21
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 546
Usually 125
Sometimes 90
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 25
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 87
Not at all hard to take 638
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 3
$50-99 10
$25-49 51
< $25 448
Not specified 273

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ambien after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 29
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 16
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 7
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 5
Temazepam (Restoril) 5

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ambien and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 22
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 16
Temazepam (Restoril) 9
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 8
Doxepin (Sinequan) 7

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching to

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82 patient evaluations for Ambien

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

Jan 24, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sleep walking (somnambulism))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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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