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 904 447
Difficulty sleeping through night 170 71
Insomnia 116 104
Fibromyalgia 94 62
Difficulty falling asleep 51 20

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 67
Moderate 119
Mild 214
None 384

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ambien

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 85
5 mg daily 32
10mg as needed 22
5mg as needed 18
2.5 mg daily 2
15 mg daily 2
10 10mg as needed 2
10 mg weekly 1
12.5 mg daily 1
100 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ambien

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 167
Side effects too severe 142
Doctor's advice 110
Other 104
Course of treatment ended 29
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 1
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 40
10 years or more 39

Stopped taking Ambien

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 81
1 - 6 months 109
6 months - 1 year 85
1 - 2 years 82
2 - 5 years 82
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 546
Usually 121
Sometimes 90
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 25
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 87
Not at all hard to take 633
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 3
$50-99 10
$25-49 51
< $25 448
Not specified 267

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ambien after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 27
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 14
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 7
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 4
Temazepam (Restoril) 4

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ambien and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 20
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 14
Temazepam (Restoril) 9
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 8
Doxepin (Sinequan) 6

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching to

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83 patient evaluations for Ambien

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

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

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