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 882 440
Sleep problems 356 200
Difficulty sleeping through night 179 73
insomnia 114 101
fibromyalgia 93 61
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 69
Moderate 117
Mild 211
None 375

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ambien

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 32
Grogginess 30
sleep walking (somnambulism) 28
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 107
5 mg daily 39
5mg as needed 25
10mg as needed 18
2.5 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 3
10 mg weekly 2
20 mg daily 2
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 164
Side effects too severe 140
Doctor's advice 109
Other 101
Course of treatment ended 28
Expense 25
Personal research 19
Change in health plan coverage 13
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Duration

Currently taking Ambien

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 49

Stopped taking Ambien

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 76
1 - 6 months 107
6 months - 1 year 86
1 - 2 years 80
2 - 5 years 81
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 537
Usually 120
Sometimes 88
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 88
Not at all hard to take 618
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 3
$50-99 10
$25-49 51
< $25 441
Not specified 262

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ambien after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 24
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 11
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 6
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 3

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ambien and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 19
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 13
Temazepam (Restoril) 8
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 7
Doxepin (Sinequan) 6

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching to

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82 patient evaluations for Ambien

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Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
PD

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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)

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gingin73
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gingin73
Data Quality: 1 star
  • 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 (somnambulism))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

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lazaras
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lazaras
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:M53y
FM:10y Dx
CFS:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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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