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 121
Moderate 225
Mild 374
None 638

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolpidem

Side effect Patients
Grogginess 46
Grogginess in morning 42
Sleep eating 42
Sleep walking (somnambulism) 36
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 113
5 mg daily 50
10mg as needed 30
5mg as needed 28
12.5 mg daily 25
6.25 mg daily 6
20 mg daily 4
6.25mg as needed 3
10 mg weekly 2
2.5 mg daily 2

See all 26 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Zolpidem

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 314
Side effects too severe 267
Doctor's advice 239
Other 190
Course of treatment ended 65
Expense 54
Personal research 44
Change in health plan coverage 37
See all 927 patients who've stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration

Currently taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 81

Stopped taking Zolpidem

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 172
1 - 6 months 193
6 months - 1 year 148
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) 20
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) 25
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

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for exhausting dreams)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for exhausting dreams)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 23, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drugged feeling, double vision (diplopia))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: double vision (diplopia)

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Dec 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drugged feeling, double vision (diplopia))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: double vision (diplopia)

Feb 9, 2011 (Started Dec 15, 2008)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 24, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sleep walking (somnambulism))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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