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Ambien CR (Zolpidem) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients

 
 



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Below are Ambien CR (Zolpidem) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 17 ratings/reviews, Ambien CR has an overall score of 7.35. The effectiveness score is 8 and the side effect score is 7.53. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Ambien CR review by 33 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia
Dosage & duration:   10mg taken periodically for the period of 1 year
Other conditions:   stress
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   much improved sleep without waking in the middle of the night.
Side effects:   none really. Maybe groggy but not terribly.
Comments:   Took 1 pill at bedtime

 

Ambien CR review by 46 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Sleeplessness
Dosage & duration:   12 mg taken nightly for the period of Approximately 2 years, ongoing
Other conditions:   Stress, anxiety
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   This drug has done wonders to help me get the much needed rest I have needed. Before I started taking this drug, I spent many nights not receiving the rest I needed. I have not experienced any negative side effects of this drug. It works quickly, within half an hour and I have been able to stay asleep throughout the night.
Side effects:   None
Comments:   This drug is taken shortly before bedtime, as needed.

 

Ambien CR review by 36 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia
Dosage & duration:   12.5 mg per night taken every night for the period of 1 year +
Other conditions:   depression, anxiety, headaches
Other drugs taken:   wellbiutren, estridol, soma, darvecet, nortriptyline, meridian
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I was able to turn my thoughts off at night
Side effects:   memory loose, I am dependent on the drug and look forward to when I can take it. I not only experience memory loose @ the time of the dose but have also noticed were I cannot recall a week of activities.
Comments:   a 12.5 mg pill a night

 

Ambien CR review by 47 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia
Dosage & duration:   5 MG taken as needed for the period of occasionally
Other conditions:   hep c , lupus
Other drugs taken:   prednisone, zanaflex, ziac, methadose
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Fell asleep quickly, slept 7 hrs., woke up without hangover
Side effects:   Didn't work as well some of the time, woke up mid-way, some hangover effects
Comments:   Ambien CR is a basically effective treatment for sleeplessness, although I have experienced incidents where contrary to the ads I have woken up midway through the night, I have had a groggy, hard to wake up feeling the next day lasting for several hours. There have also been reports of sleep eating, walking, awake but asleep incidents that I personally have not experienced, although it can affect you differently each time you take it.

 

Ambien CR review by 72 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   to help sleep
Dosage & duration:   10 mg. taken nightly for the period of still taking it
Other conditions:   high blood pressure
Other drugs taken:   diovan
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   both seem to work well but looking for something over the counter that helps sleeping so i dont have to take the prescription med. to sleep. it is too expensive. it also would take a hour or so for it to work. then if i woke up later i had to take another one to go back to sleep. so i am trying to find a good over the counter sleep medicine to take instead.
Side effects:   none with the sleep med. except i would have to use more of it as time went by i got use to it. the blood pressure medicine i take is diovan and i have to take it way before bed time because it makes me urinate a lot. i also take a blood pressure pill in tne morning.
Comments:   take one to two tablets at bedtime

 

Ambien CR review by 46 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia
Dosage & duration:   12.5 mg. taken daily for the period of 4 years
Other conditions:   anxiety
Other drugs taken:   seroquel
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Immediate ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. No side effects in the morning.
Side effects:   I have to take the drup on an empty stomach. Very bad side effects if taken with alcohol. Taken alone, side effects were increased night eating and loss of memory after taking the medication. If you do not go to sleep immediately you may drive or do things without using good sense.
Comments:   Treatment is 12.5 miligrams for an indefinate period of time.

 

Ambien CR review by medical professional caring for 39 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia
Dosage & duration:   12mg taken daily for the period of 21 days
Other conditions:   nervousness
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   more restful sleep. which helped me to be more alert during the day and less nervous and paniky thinking about my inability to sleep at night knowing I had to work the next day.
Side effects:   slight groginess the first couple of days but other than that I actually felt more awaken because the sleep I received was deeper and allowed for me to be more restful when I awoke.
Comments:   1 tab at night when needed one hour before bedtime.

 

Ambien CR review by 25 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Sleeping
Dosage & duration:   12.5 mg taken 3-4 times/ week for the period of 1.5 years
Other conditions:   N/A
Other drugs taken:   N/A
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I was able to stay successfully fall asleep and stay asleep the entire night. I typically take 1-2 hours to fall asleep. This starts to work in 30 minutes and allows me to get a full nights sleep without continuously waking up throughout the night.
Side effects:   The side effects include forgetfullness and one should not drive after taking the medication.
Comments:   Take at night as a sleeping aid to fall asleep and stay asleep.

 

Ambien CR review by 46 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Sleep
Dosage & duration:   13 mg taken 1 dose for the period of Only 1 does
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   Phenergan
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   None.
Side effects:   I was found after taking the drug, 2 miles away from my home by the police department. I have no recollection of what happened. I do not know when I left the house & started walking, but we suspect around 6 am. I was totally incoherent, dilusional, confused & had no idea where I was at. I was in my night clothes & barefoot even.
Comments:   Taken to ER & given 2 lites of Normal Saline IV. I then became rational. I was unable to even name the president!

 

Ambien CR review by 48 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Insomnia
Dosage & duration:   12.5 mg taken once nightly for the period of 1 year
Other conditions:   anxiety, depression
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The benefits from the ambien CR were phenominal when trying to fall asleep. It worked very well.
Side effects:   The negative side effects were the continued night eating/binging/munchies. It has caused me to gained alot of weight, which I am now trying to control with another medication...which I will start tonight.
Comments:   12.5 mg for insomnia nightly

 

Ambien CR review by 56 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia, chronic pain
Dosage & duration:   12.5 mg taken once hour before bedtime for the period of One year. Still taking it.
Other conditions:   high blood pressure, anxiety, depression
Other drugs taken:   prozac, antenolol, HCT
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Able to sleep and turn my brain off. Helped chronic pain without using pain medication. Slept through the night. Was not sleepy like I was before I took it.
Side effects:   some amnesia. Need to go to sleep immediately.
Comments:   Use sleep apnea machine also. See doctor at least once every three months. Do not use pain meds and have had several shoulder surgeries and misc. other chronic painful surgeries.

 

Ambien CR review by 56 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia
Dosage & duration:   12.5mg taken occasional and for travel for the period of once for 3 weeks every night
Other conditions:   no other major conditions
Other drugs taken:   amytriptiline
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I did go to sleep more easily. I'm not sure how effective the time release is, because I often would wake up 4-5 hours later. Sometimes I didn't take it to sleep, but upon waking at 3pm, would take one to go back to sleep. They say to not take unless you have 8 hours to sleep, but this is not the case with me. The cutoff time is 4-5 hours.
Side effects:   I sometimes feel groggy the morning after. The one time I took it nightly for 3 weeks, I had been under a great deal of stress, and then jet lag (I travelled to Europe). In addition to the grogginess, I also just didn't feel good.Very hard to describe, but a bit rundown and not clear-headed. For occasional use, it is better than the alternative, though I'm not sure I believe the time-release is worth the cost. Next time I'll try the generic.
Comments:   The treatment details? I like to have it on hand, but not to use unless I can't get to sleep any other way. Often, I go to sleep easily enough, but wake in the middle of the night. If it's 2-3am, I will take one, and might be groggy in the morning, but I function better than if I couldn't go back to sleep. If it's after 3:20am, I haven't tried it yet, because I get up early.

 

Ambien CR review by 63 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia
Dosage & duration:   12.5 (dosage frequency: nightly) for the period of 2 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   Levoxyl
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Helped to fall asleep.
Side effects:   No noticeable side effects, however, time release formula does not seem to work. Drug works for 4 or 5 hours then I wake up as usual in the middle of the night.
Comments:   I take this in an attempt to stay asleep like the drug promises. I rarely have trouble falling asleep. With Ambien CR, I fall asleep very quickly but still wake up most nights after 4 or 5 hours of sleeping. Therefore, the time release formula does not seem to work with me. In addition, this drug is unbelievably expensive. All in all, neither effective no priced within reason. I would not recommend.

 

Ambien CR review by 35 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia
Dosage & duration:   12.5mg taken once a day for the period of 1 week
Other conditions:   acid reflux
Other drugs taken:   omiprazole
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I did eventually fall asleep but it took a while (was told it only takes 20-30 min. but ended up being a couple hours, I read and eventually fall asleep and then the quality of sleep was poor; I just toss and turn all night I have 23 left I'll keep taking till gone, maybe they will improve over time.
Side effects:   Amazingly unlike other sleep aid's I've taken, I didn't wake up groggy most of the time, the only time I did it only lasted about an hour. I did like the fact I didn't feel drugged half the next day.
Comments:   One pill every night before I get ready for bed, treatment for insomnia.

 

Ambien CR review by 29 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia
Dosage & duration:   20 mg taken 3 times a day for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   INSOMNIA
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I do have time now with my kids and to my husband and I can able to make things well.
Side effects:   I do only have a mild rashes on my skin and a dry skin, especially on my lips.
Comments:   Before when I did not take yet this medication, I feel so uncomfortable everyday and always had an headache because of lack of sleep at night but as I take this pill I feel so relax on my daily activities.This pill is great!

 

Ambien CR review by 58 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   can't sleep
Dosage & duration:   6.25 (dosage frequency: 1 in 3 days) for the period of over a year
Other conditions:   anxiety
Other drugs taken:   lexapro
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Always feel refreshed and clear thinking the day after. I feel much better than I do on days I don't take it.
Side effects:   none
Comments:   I take it once in 3 days. I would love to take it every day. I sometimes take Rozerem the other 2 days but it isn't near as effective.

 

Ambien CR review by 30 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia
Dosage & duration:   6.5 (dosage frequency: 1 per night) for the period of 2 nights
Other conditions:   none known
Other drugs taken:   aciphex
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   None. It didn't help me sleep. I was cranky the next day, depressed, and tired.
Side effects:   I took it for 2 days. The third day I didn't take it. Which was tonight. I keep waking up because my subconsious is terrified of something. I keep hearing things in my sleep. I am terrified to go back to sleep. My heart is pounding from the horrible things I keep hearing in my sleep. I never had this until taking this medication. I think I may miss a day of work tomorrow from not being able to sleep. I wish someone was here with me so I wouldn't be so afraid to go back to sleep but the sounds I keep hearing are so terrifying.
Comments:   My doctor gave me some samples for insomnia.
 


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