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 1,558 778
Difficulty staying asleep 314 126
Insomnia 291 188
Fibromyalgia 123 72
Difficulty falling asleep 75 26

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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 121
Moderate 227
Mild 372
None 632

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Amnesia 55
Grogginess 46
Groggy in morning 42
Sleep eating 42
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 36
Drowsy in a.m. 30

Show all 180 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 122
5 mg daily 59
10mg as needed 34
5mg as needed 33
12.5 mg daily 27
6.25 mg daily 8
20 mg daily 4
6.25mg as needed 3
10 mg weekly 2
2.5 mg daily 2

See all 27 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 311
Side effects too severe 267
Doctor's advice 237
Other 189
Course of treatment ended 66
Expense 54
Personal research 44
Change in health plan coverage 37
See all 923 patients who've stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 66
5 - 10 years 114
10 years or more 90

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 170
1 - 6 months 193
6 months - 1 year 146
1 - 2 years 171
2 - 5 years 153
5 - 10 years 76
10 years or more 36
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 907
Usually 236
Sometimes 149
Never taken as prescribed 60
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 75
A little hard to take 159
Not at all hard to take 1074
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 102
< $25 709
Not specified 479

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 42
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 20
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 13
Temazepam (Restoril) 10
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolpidem and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 42
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 24
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 14
Temazepam (Restoril) 14
Doxepin (Sinequan) 9

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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148 patient evaluations for Zolpidem

Aug 27, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2015)

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

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Dec 4, 2015 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty staying asleep)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mg Daily

May 18, 2012 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty staying asleep)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mg Daily

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Mar 12, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleep walking)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Some people cannot tolerate this medication for sleep issues. I do not experience being groggy the morning after, I don't raid the refrigerator at night, drive, etc. I have a couple sleep-walking instances in 12 years of using it. It is the only thing I've tried (prescription, herbal, OTC) that turns off my brain so I can sleep.

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