What is Zolpidem?

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Zolpidem tartrate is a sedative-hypnotic drug that is 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 1,481 745
Sleep problems 623 315
Difficulty sleeping through night 325 128
Insomnia 274 177
Fibromyalgia 122 70
Difficulty falling asleep 74 25

Show all 96 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 120
Moderate 216
Mild 366
None 594

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 53
Grogginess 45
Sleep eating 41
Groggy in morning 40
Sleep Walking 36
Drowsy in a.m. 30

Show all 203 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 157
5 mg daily 53
5mg as needed 39
10mg as needed 28
12.5 mg daily 23
6.25 mg daily 6
2.5 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 3
6.25mg as needed 3
20 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 284
Side effects too severe 245
Doctor's advice 220
Other 173
Course of treatment ended 64
Expense 53
Personal research 40
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 851 patients who’ve stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 83
5 - 10 years 97
10 years or more 76

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 141
1 - 6 months 191
6 months - 1 year 149
1 - 2 years 162
2 - 5 years 137
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 28
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 873
Usually 223
Sometimes 143
Never taken as prescribed 57
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 74
A little hard to take 153
Not at all hard to take 1025
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 101
< $25 681
Not specified 452

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 33
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 12
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 29
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 14
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10
Temazepam (Restoril) 10
Doxepin (Sinequan) 7

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching to

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150 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

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COOPERATI
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COOPERATI
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
43 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Schizophrenia

See COOPERATI's full Zolpidem history

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Dreams exhausting)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Dreams exhausting)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
relayman
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relayman
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

See relayman's full Zolpidem history

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
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

See gingin73's full Zolpidem history

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
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