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Quviviq for Insomnia User Reviews

Quviviq has an average rating of 3.9 out of 10 from a total of 111 reviews for the treatment of Insomnia. 28% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 62% reported a negative experience.

Quviviq rating summary

3.9/10 average rating

111 ratings from 115 user reviews.

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Reviews for Quviviq

  • Deb
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 2, 2022

"This was horrible, if I slept it was short periods with vivid nightmares waking me up, body hurts legs restless. Sleepy all the next day worse than if I'm awake all night with no meds, this drug was overly advertised. I just spent 7 days with no sleep as I was told it would get better which it never did nightmare"

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  • Yerts...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • March 8, 2023

"This one is unfairly maligned. It’s very new and for many, it’s expensive so they’re expecting gold. Most people usually only report bad experiences anyway. Please don’t be discouraged. I’ve tried them all. Ambien made me feel like a zombie all of the next day and made me wake up early so it was basically like passing out drunk. Benzos and Lunesta stopped working. It’s not long-term anyway because of the dependency issue. Everything else had bad side effects, rebounded, or didn’t help at all. Eventually, I had to create an expensive cocktail of OTC remedies including the Lunesta but this was not a long-term solution. I’m grateful I was given this Quviviq, It helps make me calm and tired without any dependency issues, and combined with occasional melatonin and L-Theanine I found rest. Time only makes it better so be patient:)"

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  • EBS
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • May 14, 2022

"After spending the past two and a half years sleeping in hell on Belsomra 10-20mg/night, I have finally found a caring physician willing to Rx me Quviviq 25-50mg/night. There are still some negative side effects, especially next-day anxiety. But I take a low dose of benzodiazepine to calm that down (but ask your Dr. whether that's okay for you, as everyone is different). At least there is much less anxiety and next day sleepiness with this than with Belsomra; it has a shorter half life. They both work equally well in the long-term, in my experience, and apparently based on their clinical trials. But again no drug is perfect. I cannot pretend to know whether this drug is right for all insomniacs, but so far it's the best thing out there that these sleep industries have to offer for me. Finally, I do not understand how this is a Schedule IV controlled substance. I cannot imagine getting high off of it. Just another barrier from gov't in the face of suffering patients."

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  • CNB
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • October 1, 2022

"I have had insomnia my entire life & this is the only thing I have taken that actually works with 0 side effects. All other medications I tried either didn’t work at all, or had horrible side effects. This is the first time in my life that I’ve consistently gotten 8 or more hours of sleep & I feel amazing."

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  • GRT
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • September 6, 2022

"I have never been so disappointed. I have been on Ambien for at least 12 years. I shared with my doctor that Ambien was no longer as effective as it use to be, which I thought!! It was suggested that I try Quviviq, which was a huge mistake. It takes at minimum 1-1.5 hours to get to sleep. Then the nightmares begin to overcome what little rest I get. At that point, I’m up again. I would absolutely NOT recommend this medication. Extremely disappointed,"

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  • Happy...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 5, 2022

"So far so good. It was was what I needed, my dose is 50mg. I sleep good. I can wake up. No side effects so far. My dreams are about the same. I do seem a little disoriented when i get up in night to pee, but nothing concerning. I could have a cup of coffee and be good to go in an emergency. Most people forget to leave good reviews, but post their bad experiences. I like the medicine, but wish it wasn't so expensive."

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  • Judyh
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • March 26, 2023

"I was very discouraged from trying Quviviq after reading patient reviews. But my close friend told me her doctor had recommended it. She and I have very similar sleep issues...cannot fall asleep for hours, cannot go back to sleep, wake at 3:00 a.m., groggy and dizzy upon waking, no energy. My friend got optimal results the very first night. She slept seven hours through the night with no waking. Upon waking, she felt refreshed with energy and a positive outlook for the day. My doctor prescribed it for me, and I have the same benefits..deep solid sleep, waking up refreshed. It has been a miracle for both of us. no more Ambien!!"

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  • Restl...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 20, 2022

"The sales rep really oversold this to my doc. This medication triggered restless legs all night long and mini migraines starting the next morning. Caused dizziness while Ambien did not. I take Cymbalta for depression. Without sleep my depression will get worse. He said it didn't have any side effects. NOT! I am not going to use this drug again."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • May 15, 2023

"THE worse sleeping medication ever! Takes too long for it to work. Tried it for a week, but I had multiple sleep paralysis, and horrible vivid dreams within dream every night! I had to hurt myself in my dreams to be able to wake up. I feared going back to sleep while cannot control myself. The experience was like some evil kept dragging you to hell. This medication should never have been approved for people to use!"

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  • shb
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • June 23, 2023

"This drug has really changed my life. For someone who has suffered from severe insomnia for over 15 years (0-2 hours of sleep most nights in a bad patch), I have tried every non-pharmaceutical/ pharmaceutical therapy available. I am otherwise a very fit and healthy person, I exercise (run/cycle) every day and practice good sleep hygiene. Having tried lots of different medication that primarily work to make you feel drowsy, this feeling did not override my 'alertness' at night. I would take strong benzodiazapines and still have nights of 0 hours sleep. The next day I had awful hangover feelings and a very unclear head. Since taking Quviviq (it starts to work a few weeks in) my sleep cycle has completely returned to normal. It really targets my feelings of wakefulness, and I have very good quality sleep without any fogginess the next day. I can honestly say I have never experienced a drug like it."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 24, 2023

"I feel like this drug has gotten a bad rap on here, I wish I would have never read the reviews on here before I took it and gone in with an open mind. This drug works differently than Ambien and such. It will most likely not put you to sleep the first, second or third night. I was hit with sudden insomnia from stress and nothing was working for me, everything would put me to sleep but nothing kept me asleep. On my 4th night of Quviviq I slept 7 hours, with wake times but fell back asleep. Read the info on the website carefully before taking this, so you understand - it takes 7 days to fully start working and a month to get full results. I have been getting consistent 6-7 hours now the past week. Obviously everyone is different so it may not work for you. For me it was my prayers answered because the last step was seroquel. I haven’t had any side effects so far, just a little light headed maybe once in awhile. But no “Ambien hangover”."

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  • Hulkl...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 6, 2023

"The first night I took Quviviq, I experienced drowsiness that night, but I was still unable to sleep. I thought to myself, “What a lousy medication.” It wasn’t until I read that I had to continue taking the medication for longer periods to experience the benefits of Quviviq. I am glad that I decided to continue taking the medication. Now two weeks into it, I believe that Quviviq has saved my life. Even though I wake up groggy in the morning from the effects, it is still a much more welcomed effect than insomnia. Give this medication, it’s time to work as it keeps building in your system and will do the job. The best thing is that it’s also not habit-forming. It still teaches your body that nighttime is for sleep. I believe that once my rhythm gets back to normal, I will be free from taking the medication. I hope that this helps. Thank you Quviviq for giving me life back."

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  • Zacaack
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • September 13, 2022

"I've been taking 50mg Quviviq at night for insomnia. I was previously on Ambien and before that Trazedone (trash). It doesn't matter when or what time I take Quviviq it will not put me to sleep and will not make me tired. It does however calm me down at night. So I take 10mg melatonin to put me to sleep and Quviviq does really well and keeping me asleep. Melatonin alone fails to get me a full night sleep and on its own may get me to sleep fast but wake up after 2 or 3 hours feeling rested but then crashing. This is where Quviviq does well at keeping me asleep. The worse side effect (not that big a deal to me) is nightmares and very, VERY realistic dreams. I supposed this means that Quviviq is doing a good job at putting me into REM sleep. I'm not disappointed with this drug, although it does seem kind of weak considering I was on 25mg that doesn't work and upped my dosage to 50mg a night. I don't have other side effects. It does offer another way to sleep when my other drugs exhaust."

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  • Texan...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 9, 2022

"Worst experience ever! After 2 doses, I've had enough to know that this drug is dangerous to your mental health. Did not help with falling asleep and didn't help with sleeping through the night. Like others, the sleep cycles were at most an hour throughout the night. I think they need to go back to the drawing board on this medication."

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  • Sabel...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 28, 2023

"This is still a new medication for me, but so far it has worked. I have anxiety and depression, and when my anxiety is bad enough, I get severe insomnia. I started taking my Xanax (prescribed for my anxiety) to help me sleep, but I knew that wasn't a long-term solution. Benadryl does not work for me as far as making me drowsy, and Unisom will sometimes help me sleep, but I wake up SO groggy the next day. Thus far, Quviviq helps me fall asleep and stay asleep. The only “complaint” I'd have is the extremely vivid dreams, which tend to be more negative given my depression/anxiety/past life experiences. But this drug is also in the hypnotic family, so that is to be expected. Do your research. For me, waking up rested and alert is worth the crazy dreams. Best of luck, and hope this review helped!"

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  • Mackey
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • October 19, 2023

"First med that has ever helped me. Based on the low reviews, I thought 'not'. You MUST take this for at least 3 weeks to see if it works. I have no side effects except some drowsiness but I'll take that for sleep! This Orexin Antagonist really calms an active mind. Sleep comes naturally, not a zonk on the head. It seems to reset your circadian rhythm. I'm going to keep taking this for a while. After 20 years of bad insomnia, I finally found something with promise. Disregard the low ratings and try this for at least 3 weeks. You may need to adjust the dosage. Non-addictive and no withdrawal. Way way better than benzos, quasi benzodiazepines like Ambien, and better than antidepressants."

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  • John
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • November 6, 2023

"After a lifetime of insomnia, nothing like Ambien or Lunesta would work long term for my sleep. My doctor told me Quviviq was a new class of medication, and he wanted me to try it. I was anxious about some reviews but finally tried it. It took about a month, but I now sleep 7+ hours a night, and I’m finally relaxing about bedtime now. Some side effects like being woozy if I have to get up in the middle of the night to go pee. It is expensive but worth it for me."

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  • HereW...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • May 28, 2022

"It's a bit too early to tell, but this works better than Belsomra (complete trash) and better than Dayvigo which only works for me about 1/5 times. I've taken Quviviq twice and both times slept about 7 hours with a couple of awakenings. The only downside I've noticed so far is next day headache and maybe a little feeling of unease. Fingers crossed for something else to add to the arsenal."

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  • JoAnne
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 2, 2023

"This medicine is horrible. Slept well first night probably due to exhaustion and not the med. After that I was waking up all night with a racing heart. Company actually tried talked me into continuing for a full 30 days as I had a free 30 day supply and then was going to be charged $90 a month with a discount. I lasted 7 more days with horrible sleep and daytime fatigue and heart palpations. I do not recommend."

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  • Jshorty
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 14, 2023

"This was absolutely horrible. The nightmares were so real and terrifying with sleep paralysis. I had a similar experience with Belsomra, but this was way worse. I felt like I had been fighting for my life all night. I had read the reviews of people having this same experience but I wanted to keep an open mind and try it anyway. One night was enough. Never again."

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  • jerry...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • May 12, 2023

"DO NOT TAKE THIS IF YOU TAKE GABAPENTIN! I took one 25mg pill an hour before bed but it did not put me to sleep. The doctor said to double the dose if one doesn't work. Two worked and I slept without waking up. The next day I felt terrible. I would compare the feeling to a really bad hangover. I was very tired, headache, felt dehydrated, and just off. It's a miracle I made it through work. Went to sleep when I got home and did not take the meds again. It's day two and I feel better but still don't feel good. I googled meds not to take with Quivivq and gabapentin is on the list. It intensifies side effects such as grogginess, and headache. Due to my gabapentin prescription, I will no longer take Quivivq."

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  • Bette...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • December 27, 2022

"Insomnia has been an issue in my life for the past 20 years. Finally, I tried to address using trazodone (ineffective), and Ambien 5mg occasionally and eventually daily (moderate intestinal issues and decreased effectiveness) for the last 5 years. Trying to get away from the hypnotic/Benzo insomnia aides for sleeping and working with my PCP I switched to Quviviq 25 mg once nightly. I am finishing my third month now, and my sleep patterns have improved. At first, I had fit-full nights of sleeps with vivid dreams but slowly after the first couple weeks things started and have continued to improve. My sleep is nowhere near perfect but I now get sleepy at night (even before taking pill), and have longer nights of sleep. My vivid dreams have decreased some, NO intestinal issues, and some non-sedative grogginess that quickly dissipates in the morning. Perfect, no, but some good improvements and hopes for this to get even better."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 7, 2022

"This is the worse sleeping medication ever. It takes over an hour to kick in then all it does is give horrible nightmares. After a week, I started having sleep paralysis and dream with in a dream experience. I do not recommend."

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  • Jill
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 8, 2022

"I have worked to get off over a decade of ambien and was excited about the potential of this drug based on my research (trials seemed kinda bogus, paid for by pharm company?) and the over the top advertising. First 60 days free meds from pharm company, then a Nearly $500 a month, insurance covered $18 dollars!I really wish it had been everything touted. But after two week trial 50mg I must say it made me feel horrible. Anxious, ‘scratchy’ feeling brain and body. Hours to fall asleep and then unrestful sleep, awakening 3-4am unable to go back sleep. Woke up feeling raw. Bummer."

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  • Rebecca
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 17, 2022

"I’ve been on Quviviq for about 3 weeks. Previously on Ambien CR for years. With Ambien I always got 4 hours straight of sleep but it took hours to fall asleep, with Quviviq I fall asleep within 1/2 hour as advertised but I’m up almost hourly. Initially I slept several hours in a row before waking but by week 3 I’ve been up every hour. I take L-Theanine next to my bed for every wake up to knock myself back out but the last couple of nights that hasn’t worked either. I regret refilling this medication. My doctor said you need to stick with it for a month to know the progress, but it’s been progressively worse for me. I think I’ll stop and eventually I have to fall asleep out of exhaustion as this certainly isn’t doing the trick."

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