AMBIEN Reviews

Average Rating: 3.1 (1440 Ratings)

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Key to Ratings: 1=LOW (I would not recommend taking this medicine.)
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 5  Insomnia due to anxiety disorder Best drug ever for me. Gets me to sleep within 20 minutes or so...sleep 7-8 hours and never groggy! Usually only need to take half (5mg) too. Never had any side effects either thank goodness. M 49 9 years
10mg 1X D
 1  Insomnia No side effects. Also no sleep. I don't know what they've done to generic Ambien, but it no longer works. At all. I've been an insomniac all of my adult life and have taken generic Ambien as needed since 2000. It was always a miracle drug for me. I'd take a quarter of a pill and 15 minutes later it'd be lights out. Zero side effects. That is no longer the case. Around 2018 I noticed generic Ambien was no longer working at all, even at much higher doses. I tried different makers and each one would make me feel different, but never tired. Eventually I Google'd "Generic Ambien doesn't work" and found tons of others complaining of the same thing. Name brand Ambien is WAY overpriced ($800 for 30 pills!) so clearly that's out of the question. What have they done to this drug!? After two decades I'm now having to try and find another sleep aid because I'm certainly not going to keep taking pills that don't work. M 41
2.5 1X AN
 1  To get to sleep No side effects. It doesn't work.for me. the basics for me. Benadryl works like a charm. Bye Ambien. It was prescribed to me because My mind races at night. F 56 3 days
5 MG 1X D
 1  Insomnia Severe hairloss, thinning, no new growth. Very Itchy scalp I started crying daily not knowing why my hair was falling out. I'd find it everywhere. I probably lost half my hair within a few months. I saw so many dermatologists & they all thought it was due to Seb. Dermatitis or Psoriases. My scalp started itching so much to the point it felt like something was crawling on my head or moving through my hair. It was becoming unbearable. I finally realized Ambiem/Zolpidem was the cause when I came across the following website: “” F 45 2 months
5mg 1X D
 1  Insomnia Don't!!! This is The Most Dangerous mind-warping Drug I've ever taken including whiskey beer wine and others. It causes severe psychological changes which can destroy your life completely. I would much rather take valium if I had to fall asleep or muscle relaxants. For god sakes do not touch this drug or you will be sorry M 64 1 days
 5  sleep calm feeling and sometimes night time eating This medication is very good at helping with sleep. I am a female and have noticed the 10mg does work better than the 5 mg if they will prescribe it to you but I will warn you that it loses it's effectiveness after a couple of months. Sometimes 5mg will not help me sleep. The drowsy feeling for me in the morning or (afternoon in my case) wears off very quickly when I wake up. This seems like a much cleaner medication than seroquel for sure and quicker to act than lunesta. Lunesta tends to help you stay asleep a little bit longer better. I haven't tried the ambien XL yet though. Lunesta hasn't ever lost it's effectiveness when I take it. I usually switch between ambien and lunesta. I feel like the ambien is more calming and doesn't give the weird metal taste that the lunesta can give. They are both really good medications. (I do not ever recommend seroquel.) F 32 7 years
10mg 1X D
 4  Chronic insomnia Been taking Ambien for little over a year now and it has really helped me with my anxiety and insomnia issues. I get the munchies sometimes once it settles in my body but after that I go to sleep. Ive heard of the crazy stories people sleep eating and driving. I never dealt with any of those issues and the medication affects everyone different but once you take it you should lay down to give the drug time to settle in your body then you'll be off to dreamland!!! Overall good sleep aid!!! F 36 1 years
10mg 1X D
 3  yo alero side effects a lil euphoria if i dont sleep, get thirsty, get emotional, its strange like a hallucinagen very emotional its supposed to sleep but it makes me dizzy like a drug M 22 2 months
10mg x day 1X D
 2  Insomnia I gained 30 pounds in 6 months. My appetite was crazy. And i run and walk 13 miles a day. As soon as i stopped it my appetite returned tp normal and now im losing the weight..and it only made me sleep 4 hours... 42 6 months
5 mg 1X D
 4  Sleep anxiety F 39 20 years
10 1X D
 3  No sleep Starting to have memory loss. Can't remember how to spell words. The way it works starts to wear off. I still take it because I do sleep. F 40 11 years
10 1X D
 1  Insomnia Joint pain, depression, anxiety, less and less sleep, agitation Initially it worked well and I only took 2.5 mg but as the years went by and I got my stressed out I started taking more and more F 70 6 years
Up to 15 m 2X D
 3  To help me sleep After three nights of taking Ambien, I woke up feeling nauseated and exhausted, with a really bad headache. However, it did help me sleep. I decided to hold off for a few days before taking it again. So after four days, I took another pill about 20 minutes before bedtime. When I got up to walk to my bedroom, I could barely stand. I had to hold on to furniture and stuff just to get to my room and to bed. Scared the heck out of me. Haven't taken it since. Don't think the side effects are worth it, even though I only get about two hours of sleep a night if I'm lucky. Have hardly had much sleep a night for about thirty years now. I have such bad reactions to so many kinds of medication, I was hoping this would work, but just not worth it. F 62 4 days
 4  Sleep Problems from Chronic Pain I have taken 10 mg and started 12.5 mg when it came out a few years ago. I do agree that it is written to much to people that do not follow the directions. Also the hospital does not give this medication even if it's on a patient's med list. Why? Dry Mouth Sometimes vivid dreams that bother me the next day. I've learned how to take my Ambien at bed time so I don't have all the different negative things happen like other people I've read about. As soon as I get into bed I take the Ambien with a full glass of water or Gatorade. Once I wake up in about six/seven hours, I go to the bathroom and decide if I need my muscle relaxer for the rest of the night until Im ready to get out of bed for the day! I feel this medication has to be followed exactly as the directions state. F 54 10 years
 5  Insomnia Got hungry at times Worked GREAT for 20+ years! I decided to come off it and did it easily in a few days. Easy to get on and off for me. Must be taken on an empty stomach for it to work well! M 50 20 years
 5  RECREATIONALLY makes me horny and relaxed and energetic and chill...weed without paranoia or hunger especially good with adderall M 20 4 years
40-50 1X D
 1  Sleep Pass out totally lethargic very hard to wake up...sweating...clothes soaking wet. It happened at least once every 1-2 month. Was diagnosed with a rare cancer and I thought this was the reactions from the cancer. Went off the pills and that never happened again. My oncologist and myself now know it was Ambien. Think real hard before taking this drug this went on for years before we realised...we are hoping that this drug hasnt effect my cancer. M 68 0 years
 5   0 days
 5  Insomnia I've been taking ambien for over 10 years. My primary care doctor wanted me to stop taking after 3 or 4 years, but I protested as I couldn't rally get to sleep without the Ambien. It works for me. I usually split the pill: half (5mg) when I go to bed; and I split the remaining half into quarters (25mg) as I get up several times in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I am probably "psychologically" dependent on Ambien. While I would like to get off, I ask myself "Why?" It works! I have not experienced the bad side effects I read about (memory loss, sleepwalking, vision problems). I experience anxiety, although I don't think this was caused by the Ambien - I think I had the anxiety before I started taking Ambien. I've been taking ambien for over 10 years. the instructions were to take it only for 7 days, but my doc said that it was ok for me to take it on a continual basis. when i first started taking it i did not need it for getting t Overall, I think Ambien (zolpidem tartrate) is a good drug for insomnia. It has worked for me. M 74 10 years
10mg 1X D
 1  Trouble falling asleep Sleep walking, talking in sleep, weird & vivid dreams, online shopping that I did not remember, texting I did not remember. Stopped taking when it became dangerous. M 58 3 years
1X D

AMBIEN  (ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE):  Zolpidem is used to treat a certain sleep problem (insomnia) in adults. If you have trouble falling asleep, it helps you fall asleep faster, so you can get a better night's rest. Zolpidem belongs to a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. It acts on your brain to produce a calming effect. This medication is usually limited to short treatment periods of 1 to 2 weeks or less.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)