What is Zolpidem?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 1,503 754
Sleep problems 635 319
Difficulty sleeping through night 325 128
insomnia 277 182
fibromyalgia 123 71
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 121
Moderate 218
Mild 364
None 606

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 53
Grogginess 45
Sleep eating 41
Groggy in morning 39
sleep walking (somnambulism) 36
Drowsy in a.m. 30

Show all 204 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 157
5 mg daily 50
5mg as needed 43
10mg as needed 30
12.5 mg daily 24
6.25 mg daily 6
6.25mg as needed 4
2.5 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 3
12.5mg as needed 3

See all 29 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 285
Side effects too severe 248
Doctor's advice 221
Other 175
Course of treatment ended 65
Expense 54
Personal research 41
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 857 patients who've stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 82
5 - 10 years 111
10 years or more 78

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 144
1 - 6 months 192
6 months - 1 year 148
1 - 2 years 161
2 - 5 years 141
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 28
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 885
Usually 223
Sometimes 144
Never taken as prescribed 57
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 45
Somewhat hard to take 74
A little hard to take 152
Not at all hard to take 1038
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 101
< $25 690
Not specified 456

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 33
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 15
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6
Temazepam (Restoril) 5

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 29
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 18
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10
Temazepam (Restoril) 10
Doxepin (Sinequan) 8

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching to

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150 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

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

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
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