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 1,562 783
Difficulty staying asleep 314 126
Insomnia 290 186
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 122
Moderate 225
Mild 374
None 637

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Grogginess 46
Grogginess in morning 42
Sleep eating 42
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 37
Drowsy in a.m. 30
Memory loss 28

Show all 165 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolpidem

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 112
5 mg daily 50
10mg as needed 33
5mg as needed 25
12.5 mg daily 22
6.25 mg daily 6
20 mg daily 5
6.25mg as needed 3
10 mg weekly 2
2.5 mg daily 2

See all 25 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 314
Side effects too severe 268
Doctor's advice 239
Other 190
Course of treatment ended 65
Expense 54
Personal research 44
Change in health plan coverage 37
See all 928 patients who've stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 98
10 years or more 82

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 172
1 - 6 months 193
6 months - 1 year 149
1 - 2 years 171
2 - 5 years 153
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 35
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 913
Usually 238
Sometimes 148
Never taken as prescribed 59
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 76
A little hard to take 160
Not at all hard to take 1078
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 6
$50-99 38
$25-49 103
< $25 709
Not specified 484

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolpidem after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 44
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 19
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 14
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
Temazepam (Restoril) 15
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 13
Doxepin (Sinequan) 9

Show all 35 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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