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User Reviews for Zolpidem to treat Insomnia (Page 6)

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

Zolpidem has an average rating of 7.1 out of 10 from a total of 834 ratings for the treatment of Insomnia. 62% of those users who reviewed Zolpidem reported a positive effect, while 21% reported a negative effect.

Zolpidem Rating Summary

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7.1/10 Average Rating
834 ratings from 898 user reviews

Compare all 86 medications used in the treatment of Insomnia.

Reviews for Zolpidem

Mom · Taken for 10 years or more April 17, 2019

“I’ve been on Ambien for almost 16 years since my first child was born and I became anxious at night trying to sleep thinking of all the horrible things that could possibly happen to her, totally irrational. This and Celexa have been a godsend for me. I’ve tried to get off both of them with no success. 20 mg of Celexa and 5 to 10 mg of Ambien depending on the night. I get about seven hours of hard to sleep which is what I need to function.”

8 / 10
thomas aquinas · Taken for 2 to 5 years April 12, 2019

Ambien (zolpidem): “Ambien has been something I've been prescribed periodically for many years. The best attributes of Ambien seem to permanently go away after so many doses. It's easier to get off of than benzodiazapines. It use to give me Picasso like inspirations to doodle before I dozed off. Now it just slightly lifts my mood and I'm having to slowly wean myself off. It seems to very from generic to generic more than most drugs, but that could just be me.”

8 / 10
Chris · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 9, 2019

“I had to pester my doctor for Zolpidem to take long term. Of course I got the lecture of addiction but most people have no clue about how chronic insomnia destroys your life, believe me I have tried relaxation techniques, black out curtains etc but for some reason my brain cannot shut down properly to sleep so I need help. When I don't sleep it makes me depressed plus my anxiety goes up. I take 10mg every night & it has not failed in getting me to sleep. I don't care if they are addictive it's my qualify of life that's important with good sleep - people don't get deprived of their diabetes or cholesterol meds so why should people with bad insomnia be deprived of sleeping medication? Seems very cruel to me.”

10 / 10
Squirt April 8, 2019

Ambien CR (zolpidem): “I've been on Ambien CR 12.5 mg and I still can't sleep.”

Jb · Taken for 10 years or more April 8, 2019

Ambien (zolpidem): “I've been taking 10 mg of Ambien every night for years. There are no withdrawals. I've gone on vacation for 10 days and forgotten them. The worst thing I felt was not being able to fall asleep. But duh. It does not make you high. It makes you tired.”

10 / 10
Kate · Taken for 10 years or more April 5, 2019

“I took zolpidem 10 mg for ten years. The night time munchies sabotaged my efforts to lose weight, so tried to stop. Had horrible nightmares the first day. Am now taking 5 mg. No nocturnal feeding binges.”

Daisy · Taken for less than 1 month April 4, 2019

Ambien (zolpidem): “I absolutely HATE this garbage Ambien!!!! Words cannot express how much I hate it. It really messed with me !!! I am Bi polar and have major depressive disorder and was put on this by my doctor nurse because I wasn't falling asleep like I was supposed to!! I took half of a 10mg tablet for a week and a half and did just fine. Then one-day I woke up EXTREMELY groggy and feeling horribly drugged!!! I didn't think anything about it. So I continued to take it and it only got worse!!!! I was messed up for over two weeks because of this trash!!! My doctor said he does NOT like giving this out and doesn't know why his nurse did that!!! I was horribly depressed and excessively sleepy for two weeks!!! My doctor said it literally messes with the chemicals in your brain!!!! This should be taken off the market!!! Much rather not sleep then feel the way I did!!! DO NOT TAKE!!!”

10 / 10
Life Saver · Taken for 10 years or more March 30, 2019

“A good nights sleep helps you cope 10 times over than battling with the everyday aches, pains and problems. I have been taking 5mg zolpidem for 15 years now and it has definitely saved the NHS a load of money due to the fact that I can deal with everything far better when you get a good nights sleep. I awake refreshed every morning and can cope now with everything life throws at me. I don’t use any other medicine’s except paracetamol. Surely that’s a good thing!”

10 / 10
John · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 29, 2019

“Zolpidem works great for putting me asleep quickly but it doesn't keep me asleep beyond 3 or 4 hours. So I started to add a small dose of Promethazine with the Zolpidem and this combo keeps me asleep all night.”

9 / 10
Cheryl · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 22, 2019

Ambien (zolpidem): “I have taken Ambien since I lost my son 7 years ago. It is a blessing that I can continue to rest. I have sleepless night when I have not taken it.”

10 / 10
Kado March 18, 2019

Ambien (zolpidem): “Concerta during the day, 10mg ambien and 1- 2's Ativan at night”

10 / 10
sdkad · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 17, 2019

“Zolpidem is THE best sleep aid out there for me. I have tried literally EVERYTHING over the counter, doctor prescribed, off label and finally the typical insomnia meds and this is the best med for me! I do not understand why some docs want this only prescribed for short periods of time because I have never had a problem with this medication or wanted to “abuse“ it. I do take precautions against that and I would personally caution people to only take it when you are in your bedroom or bathroom getting ready to go to bed and not just hanging around the house because then you are setting yourself up to do things that you don’t know you’re doing the next day or saying things to people you don’t know you said, why set yourself up to do that? Bottom line, this med enables me to function the next day because I have multiple autoimmune disorders and if I do not get 8 hours of sleep I cannot function as well so sleep is vital for me and no other medication has ever done that for me.”

10 / 10
Penny · Taken for less than 1 month March 17, 2019

Ambien (zolpidem): “Took 10 mg. It didn’t help me sort out my sleep cycle. Unfortunately my sleep cycle shifted to 4a-11a. I wanted to sleep around 10p. I tried Ambien for several nights but I was not able to sleep at an earlier time. I am disappointed.”

1 / 10
Lov4dogs · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 16, 2019

“I am a lifelong insomniac. I have been taking Zolpidem (Ambien)10mg every night for many years however now the FDA will not allow doctors to prescribe any more than 5mg for women. I have never had the sleep walking / eating / driving etc symptoms but found the key is to take it only right before you plan on going to sleep. The only side effect I have is bad dreams. Had a doctor visit yesterday and he prescribed Trazodone for those nights I feel that I need something "extra" and the Zolpidem 5mg isn't enough. Has anyone had success with this combo?”

Sugar bear March 10, 2019

Ambien (zolpidem): “I have to say, for me Ambien was the holy Grail of sleep medicines out there ; and I've tried quite a few from OTC to prescription medication . Since about 6 months ago I had a horrible horrible case of insomnia. Wide awake a night but crash for a few hours in the day and be right back. Same dreadful cycle all day everyday. Meanwhile in that time I had gotten Zzz Quil, Unisom 10mgs of melatonin pill, tablet and liquid form. Equate sleeping pills. ...that's just the tip. I can't remember all the names but it goes down the line with otc medicine. Then when I saw my doctor he first tried vistriel. NOPE, like taking candy. Then trazadone, still nothing. He tried me on Valium, axanax, Valium and Klonopin and I DID NOT LIKE those from the very beginning. But he still wanted to try. See I don't like taking controlled substance but wanted to see if it would help. Next belsomara nope nothing!!! Ambien is the best sleep aid so far.”

9 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 31, 2019

Zolpimist (zolpidem): “Amazing. Works so much better and faster than zolpidem pills.”

10 / 10
Brooklyn · Taken for 10 years or more January 20, 2019

“I have taken Zolpidem (10 mg) for approximately 15 years (since menopause). It works for me every night. I have had occasional withdrawal problems when I have traveled without it (bad mistake). How did older people get along without it?”

10 / 10
C.J. · Taken for 10 years or more January 13, 2019

“I have been taking Ambien 10mg for many years. It started when I had severe anxiety trying to sleep after working 12-13 hr night shifts at the hospital and having to work 3 in a row. Over the years I have discovered to not take the whole 10mg when I first go to bed. Because no matter what mg you take, it still only lasts for 3-4 hrs. I break the 10mg in half, take it, sleep good for 4hrs. Wake up, pee and then take the other half. That works for me. I am retired now, but still take it because of the ease of falling asleep. It has been safe for me. Take it on an empty stomach. Have healthy snacks around because it does sometimes make you hungry right after you take it. In a perfect world, we should all be able to fall asleep and rest for 8 hrs. But, we are not all built the same, and taking a pill for good rest is just worth it to me. Hope this helps! And get you some sleep!!!”

8 / 10
HappyRasta January 13, 2019

“Works fine if I go to bed 30 min. after taking them. If I stay up much past that, my short-term memory turns off and I will have no memory at all of anything that happened after then. My only complaint is that with generics, every formulation works a bit differently. In the years I've been using it, I've had prescriptions refilled with pills from 4 different manufacturers that are SUPPOSEDLY identical to the brand name drug. But - though they're all supposed to be 12.5 mg Zolpidem, they all act differently for me. One brand knocks me out in 20 minutes, but another barely works even if I take higher-then-prescribed dosages. (NOT RECOMMENDED!) A 3rd one affects my sense of balance and makes me see double. Yet another knocks me out OK, but then I wake up 4 hours too early. Some give me hangovers, some don't. Assuming they all contain the same amount of the same medicine, the only thing I can account for the this are different inert ingredients or a different manufacturing method.”

8 / 10
Sunshine · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 12, 2019

“I have been taking Ambien for about 8 years +. The withdrawals are very bad they include sweating, irritability, not able to focus, headaches. It works great but sometimes you will feel these effects. Honestly I have tried everything else doxylamine (over the counter) works good as well. To each there own.”

8 / 10
Jeff · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 8, 2019

“I've been taking Ambien 5 years, started at 5mg, progressed to 10mg after a year. I break each dose into 4 quarters. Take 1/4 - 1/2 to fall asleep around 11pm. Then 1/4 when I wake up at 2am and try to go the rest of the night. The tough part is when I wake up at 5am and have to consider taking another one or getting up. It's a great drug, however there's one terrible side effect, addiction! I can't go anywhere without this drug. If I lose it or my prescription doesn't get renewed before the weekend I could end up being awake for two or three nights. This can ruin a vacation. I've had to go to the ER to get one or two doses because I left my prescription at home. You will not be able to sleep without this drug once you start taking it! I highly suggest trying other over the counter meds first. Also, if you start, stick to the 5mg. That will make it easier to get off before you go to 10mg.”

10 / 10
Believer · Taken for 10 years or more December 14, 2018

Ambien (zolpidem): “I have taken ambien for 10 years. I would guess some would call that an addiction but, I disagree. Everyone is discussing what else to take in its place, so if you’re going to take something, why not something that works. I have maintained the same dosage for the past 7 years. I suffer from anxiety and ADHD. It is the only thing that stops the ever racing thoughts when I try to fall asleep. I have also been told by multiple doctors that they do not usually have concerns about its interaction with other medication, when taken in safe doses. Not a lot of other suggested solutions can boost that. There are the occasional nights where just about nothing can stop the racing anxiety brain but, the overall assistance with my sleeping makes my general day to day anxiety significantly better. There is not a lot worse effects on my anxiety than exhaustion. I think the warnings regarding recommended time of taking this should be reconsidered.”

9 / 10
Peter606 · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 7, 2018

Ambien (zolpidem): “Careful with this drug. I would not recommend to use for more than a couple of weeks. I took it for just over a month and ran into problems after the third week. There's a good reason most doctors are unwilling for it to be given out long term because it is pretty bad to withdraw from and you can start to crave the high that it gives if you stay up, just one night of doing that was enough as I got addicted. I found myself not remembering that I took more than one..... Some nights I took 3 and even 4 one night. The next day I was severely drowsy, was also experiencing withdrawal sweats, muscle twitches and severe anxiety. Personally I find Doxylamine to be actually more effective than Ambien and it's not addictive.”

1 / 10
Nana · Taken for 10 years or more December 1, 2018

“I’ve been using zolpidem 10 mg for nearly 15 years for insomnia related to hypothyroidism, depression, and anxiety. I find it impossible to fall asleep as I cannot shut down whirling thoughts. I fall asleep quickly with the medication and sleep like the dead for around 3 hours. I wake frequently after that, but also fall back asleep easily until time to rise. I’ve had no side effects except for complete dependence upon the medication. I’ve weaned myself off the zolpidem and tried others several times, trying Xanax to take the edge off anxiety to sleep and meditation and white noise. Nothing worked the way the zolpidem does. I’m staying with it for as long as it works.”

10 / 10
Toomanypills · Taken for 10 years or more December 1, 2018

“I have been on this drug every night over ten years, at 5mg -10 mg immediate release, and it is a lifesaver ( I use the higher dose when I have to take higher doses of meds that cause insomnia). It works well putting me to sleep for several hours without a morning hangover. It does make me hungry, and during a brief time I took higher doses, caused sleep-eating and nocturnal cooking, plus conversations I did not remember. Even a little alcohol enhances its effect, so avoid alcohol.”

9 / 10

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