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 1,414 696
Sleep problems 582 288
Difficulty sleeping through night 324 128
Insomnia 254 160
Fibromyalgia 121 69
Difficulty falling asleep 74 25

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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 108
Moderate 207
Mild 341
None 553

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 53
Grogginess 43
Groggy in morning 37
Sleep eating 35
Sleep Walking 33
Drowsy in a.m. 29

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 107
5 mg daily 38
5mg as needed 27
12.5 mg daily 23
10mg as needed 22
6.25 mg daily 5
20 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 2
12.5mg as needed 2
10 mg every other week 1

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Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 270
Side effects too severe 233
Doctor's advice 207
Other 165
Course of treatment ended 62
Expense 52
Personal research 38
Change in health plan coverage 34
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Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 68
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 51

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 133
1 - 6 months 184
6 months - 1 year 145
1 - 2 years 158
2 - 5 years 130
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 816
Usually 207
Sometimes 136
Never taken as prescribed 50
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 40
Somewhat hard to take 73
A little hard to take 149
Not at all hard to take 947
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 37
$25-49 103
< $25 635
Not specified 410

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 27
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 10
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 5
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 4
Lorazepam (Ativan) 4

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 24
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 12
Temazepam (Restoril) 10
Doxepin (Sinequan) 7
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 7

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching to

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148 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

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ag44
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ag44
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Severe
52 M
Function: High
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar II

See ag44's full Zolpidem history

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
Tinafici
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Tinafici
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 48
Condition: Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I have:
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

See Tinafici's full Zolpidem history

Sep 15, 2016 (Started Jun 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Ronnell0053
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Ronnell0053
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Mental Symptoms : none
Physical Symptoms : none
791
VL 38
I am: vg
I have:
HIV

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Jul 14, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This drug (limited to my experience) should only be taken at bedtime as it is equally as uneffective as it is dangerous to not follow the instructions as prescribed by your Doctor.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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