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 846 412
Sleep problems 336 186
Difficulty sleeping through night 179 73
Insomnia 105 96
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 62
Moderate 112
Mild 204
None 354

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 88
5 mg daily 30
5mg as needed 18
10mg as needed 14
2.5 mg daily 2
12.5 mg daily 2
15 mg daily 2
10 mg weekly 1
2 5mg as needed 1
30 10mg as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ambien

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 155
Side effects too severe 135
Doctor's advice 105
Other 96
Course of treatment ended 27
Expense 25
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 13
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Duration

Currently taking Ambien

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 37

Stopped taking Ambien

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 70
1 - 6 months 104
6 months - 1 year 84
1 - 2 years 79
2 - 5 years 78
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 510
Usually 113
Sometimes 84
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 24
Somewhat hard to take 38
A little hard to take 85
Not at all hard to take 585
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 3
$50-99 10
$25-49 53
< $25 416
Not specified 245

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ambien after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 19
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 8
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 3
Temazepam (Restoril) 3
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 2

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ambien and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 16
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 9
Temazepam (Restoril) 8
Doxepin (Sinequan) 5
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 5

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching to

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82 patient evaluations for Ambien

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
ag44
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ag44
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 4
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 4
External Stress: Severe
52 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
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

  • 0 helpful marks
lazaras
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lazaras
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
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
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