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User Reviews for Zolpidem

Also known as: Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Intermezzo, Zolpimist

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7.6
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For Insomnia: "I was prescribed zolpidem to treat my sleep issues. I took it for about two months. It did allow me to sleep through the night, however I noticed significant mood changes. I became very aggressive and emotional at the drop of a hat. I became concerned because I could not fall asleep without taking zolpidem. I became shaky at times and just didn't feel right. I found a new doctor and have been off the zolpidem for a week now. She gave me trazodone which is not so addictive. I have slept the last two nights with no medicines at all. I am feeling so much better. I know everyone reacts differently to medicine but I feel that the zolpidem made things worse for me. I am relieved to be off of zolpidem."

   
3.0

Anonymous March 13, 2012

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Ambien CR (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "I have taken Ambien (10mg) on several occasions for short periods of time and it worked just fine (knocked me out in 20min and gave me 5 to 6 hours of sleep). But, my doctor recently added Ambien CR to my nightly cocktail and it has not worked like the doctor or the website said it would. I have been taking it for a week. I expected it to knock me out and keep me asleep. I have done everything like I have been told to do and have been taking it before bed and all it has been doing is taking 3 to 4 hours to knock me out and makes me totally loopy in the morning. The effect is basically lengthened and delayed. I am hoping to switch back to original Ambien formula when I see the doctor next month!"

   
4.0

Anonymous March 12, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "I take Ambien when I need to change my sleeping habits, or when my anxiety induces insomnia. I've had no side effects bad enough for me to remember, although I do get amnesia. I do my best to get right to sleep after taking it because I will do strange things while awake. Otherwise Ambien works perfectly for my needs."

   
9.0

Matsi March 8, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "Awesome medicine, not worried about dependency because insomnia, like depression can be chronic. When I take one get the best sleep of my life. Don't, and I can't sleep, much like before I started taking it. As others have said, take it and go DIRECTLY to bed! Do not pass go!"

   
9.0

Silentsoft March 4, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "I have been taking Ambien for about 3 years. I have Anxiety disorder and have had trouble getting to sleep as long as I remember. I worked night shifts because it was easier. After I had kids, I had to become a day person! I had terrible nights of falling asleep at 3-4 am after tossing and turning. I used Benadryl for several years and one night it turned on me, I had anxiety attacks, muscle spasm & ridgidity. My doctor gave me Lexapro, because I had depression at that time as well. I hated it and how numb I always felt. Then he prescribed Ambien. I cut the pill in half. It doesnt knock me out, it just turns my brain to slow and sleepy. I sleep like a baby. I wake very happy and alert. No more depression either."

   
9.0

Anonymous February 28, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "Horrible effects; insomnia, muscle spasm, heart pain, facial pain, skin rashes and acne, low body temperatutre<97 F"

   
1.0

NickandJane February 23, 2012

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For Insomnia: "I have been taking this medicine for years. I started off with the CR and that was a hot mess. I ended up doing things and not remembering how I got there. Then my doctor put me on the plain zolpidem and that has worked out, but what a lot of people don't know is it works better on an empty stomach."

   
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Anonymous February 22, 2012

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For Insomnia: "I've only used it one night so far (over the fears of having sleep apnea, and waking when I can't breathe, a pill to keep me asleep just kind of scared me but walking around sleepier and sleepier each day, I caved. True benefits I don't know yet, but I do know last night was the first night I slept over 8 hours STRAIGHT. My Machine says I still had my sleep apnea events, but they seem about the same as normal."

   
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Anonymous February 15, 2012

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For Insomnia: "2 years ago I started not to sleep until mornings and my doctor gave me this medicine. It's supposed to initiate sleeping which I needed most and it was only for 2 weeks. After taking this pill my sleeping was awesome.. but after 2 weeks when I stopped it started again and I was awake all night. I couldn't sleep without pill and now its been 2 years. It helps me to sleep but bad that I can't live without it. "

   
8.0

blueee February 14, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "I was having severe insomnia to the point where I was only getting 1-2 hours, at the most, of sleep a night. I started to hallucinate after a few days of this and was prescribed Ambien. It works fast (within 10 minutes after kicking in to fall asleep), but I only sleep 4-5 hours on it and then wake up refreshed. I don't get my full 7-8 hours. Not sure what's up with that. I tried Ambien CR and it took longer to fall asleep on that and I still only got around 4-5 hours of sleep on the CR version. I still use Ambien and it's better than Lunesta which gave me a nasty taste in my mouth and didn't even make me tired. Overall, I recommend Ambien."

   
7.0

Anonymous February 9, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "I took 5 mg of Ambien for 3 weeks. It was effective but when I stopped I had a terrible time trying to sleep. Check with your doctor and see if phasing out Ambien with lower doses would be recommended."

   
7.0

Anonymous February 1, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "Started taking Ambien 5 years ago while I was in nursing school. I would sometimes only get 45 minutes of sleep without it. With it I could easily sleep 8 hours. It worked amazingly well. Now, 5 years later, it seems I have built up quite the tolerance and sometimes need to take 2 just to make me half sleepy. Another problem is my doctor does not like to give me refills as this medicine is meant for short term use. He does refill it, but only after a long lecture every month."

   
10

But-I-NEED-it February 1, 2012

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For Insomnia: "I suffer from serious anxiety which had been making it really hard for me to fall asleep, taking 2-4 hours to fall asleep and then when finally sleeping I'd always be waking up 4 times in the night and after two months of this, I was completely exhausted and went to talk to my doctor who prescribed me zolpidem. This medicine knocks you out right away but be careful - go straight to bed after taking it, because it kicks in fast and strong and the effect it has is kind of like being completely wasted and you'll end up doing silly things. If you go straight to bed, you get a good, deep 6-7 hours sleep, which feels amazing! It's so strong that my brother tried to wake me up once when I fell asleep on the couch and he couldn't! That NEVER happens!"

   
9.0

Anonymous January 22, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "I cannot take Ambien anymore. Last night I apparently tried to feed the pet python, left the cage open, burned myself on the bed warmer, argued with my girlfriend as she was trying to get me to go back bed and then argued with her again this morning when she told me what I had done. I have no recollection of any of this. I don't even feel very rested this morning, and it's no wonder- I was up all night sleepwalking and doing who knows what. The lights were on, but no one was home."

Anonymous January 21, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "I started sleep walking on this medicine. My wife found me sitting on the kitchen floor with a bottle of her red wine and I'm told that I asked her if we were in San Francisco Or San Jose. This stopped my 28 years plus of continued sobriety. I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance they thought I might of had a stroke. I didn't. It was an Ambien blackout. I have a very close friend here in San Jose who owns a Recovery home. He told me that his place is filling up with people being pulled over driving around town in their Pajamas while thinking they are home in bed. Ambien might be great for some people, but for folks like me it has evil effects. Please be careful people."

   
1.0

Gloryrider January 19, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "I have been taking Ambien for about a year now. I have two sleep problems: I have difficulty falling asleep and 2) when I do manage to fall asleep, I usually wake up about 2 hours later and can't get back to sleep. I haven't noticed Ambien having any effect at all on the first problem. (It's 7:40 am as I write this, and I haven't been to bed yet.) But it does help with the second. When I finally do manage to get to sleep, I usually sleep for a good 7 or 8 hours. Different people respond to this medication in different ways. Be very careful about taking it until you know how it affects you."

   
5.0

Jaylah January 18, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "I am 52 and I had sleep problems from approximately age 33 until age 45 when I started taking Ambien. Somewhere in there I almost got fired for falling asleep at work several times so I asked my doctor for help and he prescribed Ambien and I couldn't feel happier about it. Most nights I take 5 mg and I sleep well. Some nights I have to take 10 mg. I have occasional Ambien amnesia but other than that I have had no side affects. My doctor keeps telling me I need to quit taking it but since he takes it too he keeps writing me scripts. Make sure you don't drink alcohol or take other medicines at the same time and you should be fine. My mom and dad had sleep problems so I know it is hereditary. I love this medicine."

   
10

deputydawg January 11, 2012

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For Insomnia: "I have been taking this for about 3 years, it does work very well. If I miss a dose I will have bad nightmares. I highly would recommend not driving or doing anything that may cause injury, I would say it has a slight intoxicating effect kind of like alcohol. You might find yourself doing a lot of things you didn't remember doing when you wake up in the morning."

   
8.0

ambien user January 11, 2012

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For Insomnia: "I had back fusion L1-L5 the surgery team pulled my left brechiel plexus peripheral nerves, 7-28-2003, leaving my back and left arm in chronic pain, pins and needles, burning, muscle loss and wasting. I have used zolpidem on a study basis since 2003 until present. It works, and to use a Dr. quoted, Remarkable. I have very little side effects. Thank you for this web site."

   
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kadaman January 11, 2012

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For Insomnia: "I've taken Ambien sporadically since 2003. I started using the medication to help me sleep when my husband was deployed. What a miracle! I have memories of being four years old and struggling to slow my mind down enough to sleep like a normal person. I thought that I would always toss and turn and pace the floors of my house for four hours and sleep for two or three for my entire life. I'm very thankful that my PCM referred me to a psychiatrist to address my sleep issues. I still rely on sleep aids many nights and alternate between Ambien and Lunesta. Lunesta seems to be much more mild in my experiences, whereas Ambien just immediately induces sleep."

   
9.0

Anonymous January 3, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "55 yrs old, could only sleep one hour at a time, two or three hours per night. Brain dead all day, suicidal due to anxiety issues. Now sleep 5 or 6 hrs per night, I feel almost normal. No side effects, taking 5 mg at bed time, 5 more when I wake up in 3 hrs."

   
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loveambien January 1, 2012

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "Sometimes it helped but other times it didn't. I have fibromyalgia though so it could be the pain interfering."

   
6.0

Anonymous December 18, 2011

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "This medicine is very effective for short-term use. My experience is mostly good however, I do find that it does not work well when I have eaten recently. You must take it on an empty stomach, I believe the Drug Facts say 1 hour without food before taking it. When you take it with food, it sometimes does not absorb or takes longer to absorb. Also, tolerance for me with this medicine goes up quickly so I try to only take it a couple of times a week. I have not experienced any addiction symptoms by doing this. Side Note: A lot of people who take it and report driving significant memory lapses are NOT TAKING IT AS DIRECTED. You only take ONE (1) before bedtime and then you GO TO BED. DON'T take it and go grocery shopping!"

   
8.0

Waulen December 15, 2011

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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: "I love my Ambien but I have been taken it for so many years that I have to skip a few nights a week for it to be effective to me. I wonder what would happen if I should not take it ever again and how many sleepless nights and suffering that I would go through without it. I juice all the time with healthy greens and carrots and veges. I am trying to fight the battle all the time. I would like to ween myself off Ambien but am afraid to do so rapidly. If I could use it only a few nights a week then I would be fine. "

   
6.0

Anonymous December 9, 2011

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For Insomnia: "I am prescribed 8 every 3 weeks for when I really can't sleep since I have chronic pain. It's seriously a miracle! Since I only take it every so often, I'm not dependent on it. The only downfall is the in between point of ingestion and sleep which I usually cannot remember which is a little nerve racking but other than that, it's wonderful."

   
8.0

Mrevae16 November 29, 2011

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