What is Zaleplon?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Sonata

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Zaleplon is a sedative/hypnotic drug used in the treatment of insomnia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Insomnia 41 18
Insomnia 39 17
Difficulty falling asleep 4 3
Anxious mood 1 0
Difficulty staying asleep 1 0

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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 3
Moderate 2
Mild 9
None 31

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zaleplon

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 2
Rebound insomnia 2
Complete inability to sleep (not merely insomnia) 1
Depression with suicidal thoughts 1
Dry mouth at night 1
Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia) 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zaleplon

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 4
5 mg daily 3
10mg as needed 2

Why patients stopped taking Zaleplon

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 27
Other 13
Doctor's advice 12
Side effects too severe 8
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
Course of treatment ended 2
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Zaleplon

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Zaleplon

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 25
Usually 12
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 41
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 23
Not specified 21

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zaleplon after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Zolpidem (Ambien) 6
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 2
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 1
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 1
Ramelteon (Rozerem) 1

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Patients stopped taking Zaleplon and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Zolpidem (Ambien) 2
Doxepin (Sinequan) 1
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 1
Lorazepam (Ativan) 1
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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3 patient evaluations for Zaleplon

Jun 29, 2011 (Started Sep 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 26, 2010 (Started Aug 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (rebound insomnia, dry mouth at night)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: works better than any other sleep med I was given.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: rebound insomnia, dry mouth at night

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 22, 2010 (Started Jun 26, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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