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 925 455
Difficulty staying asleep 171 71
Insomnia 118 104
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 68
Moderate 120
Mild 215
None 390

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ambien

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 33
Grogginess 30
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 27
Groggy in morning 26
Drowsy in a.m. 21
Sleep eating 17

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ambien

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 65
5 mg daily 41
10mg as needed 27
5mg as needed 13
20 mg daily 3
2.5 mg daily 2
12.5 mg daily 2
300 mg daily 2
0.5 mg daily 1
5 mg weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ambien

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 178
Side effects too severe 146
Doctor's advice 115
Other 110
Course of treatment ended 30
Expense 25
Personal research 20
Change in health plan coverage 14
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Duration

Currently taking Ambien

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 53
10 years or more 49

Stopped taking Ambien

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 94
1 - 6 months 106
6 months - 1 year 84
1 - 2 years 86
2 - 5 years 85
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 547
Usually 127
Sometimes 90
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 89
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
< $25 447
Not specified 277

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ambien after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 30
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 16
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 8
Temazepam (Restoril) 6
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 5

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ambien and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 24
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 16
Temazepam (Restoril) 10
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 8
Doxepin (Sinequan) 7

Show all 25 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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