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 1,393 682
Sleep problems 572 282
Difficulty sleeping through night 324 130
Insomnia 250 157
Fibromyalgia 120 67
Difficulty falling asleep 74 24

Show all 89 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 108
Moderate 203
Mild 339
None 540

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 53
Grogginess 43
Groggy in morning 36
Sleep eating 33
Sleep Walking 33
Drowsy in a.m. 29

Show all 193 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 97
5mg as needed 28
5 mg daily 27
12.5 mg daily 22
10mg as needed 20
6.25 mg daily 5
1 mg daily 2
20 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 232
Doctor's advice 204
Other 165
Course of treatment ended 62
Expense 53
Personal research 39
Change in health plan coverage 34
See all 805 patients who’ve stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 59
5 - 10 years 72
10 years or more 42

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 132
1 - 6 months 186
6 months - 1 year 143
1 - 2 years 157
2 - 5 years 130
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 804
Usually 204
Sometimes 134
Never taken as prescribed 48
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 40
Somewhat hard to take 72
A little hard to take 147
Not at all hard to take 931
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 37
$25-49 102
< $25 621
Not specified 406

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 26
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 11
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 5
Lorazepam (Ativan) 4
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 23
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 12
Temazepam (Restoril) 11
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 7
Doxepin (Sinequan) 6

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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149 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: n
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

See Ronnell0053's full Zolpidem history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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