Ambien vs. Ritalin


We compare the side effects and drug effectiveness of Ambien and Ritalin. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 179,906 people who take Ambien and Ritalin, and is updated regularly.

What's eHealthMe?

eHealthMe is a health data analysis company based in Mountain View, California. eHealthMe monitors and analyzes the outcomes of drugs and supplements that are currently on the market. The results are readily available to health care professionals and consumers.

eHealthMe has released original studies on market drugs and worked with leading universities and institutions such as IBM, London Health Science Centre, Mayo Clinic, Northwestern University and VA. eHealthMe studies have now been referenced in over 500 peer-reviewed medical publications.

How we gather our data?

Healthcare data is obtained from a number of sources including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This information is aggregated and used to produce personalized reports that patients can reference.

The information that eHealthMe collects includes:

  • Side effects (including severity and how people recover from them)
  • Associated conditions or symptoms
  • Drug effectiveness
  • Demographic data regarding drug use

How the study uses the data?

The study is based on zolpidem tartrate and methylphenidate hydrochloride (the active ingredients of Ambien and Ritalin, respectively). Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs or brand names) are also considered.

What is Ambien?

Ambien has active ingredients of zolpidem tartrate. It is often used in insomnia. (latest outcomes from Ambien 75,817 users)

What is Ritalin?

Ritalin has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from Ritalin 21,228 users)

How to use the study?

Patients can bring a copy of the report to their healthcare provider to ensure that all drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood. It is recommended that patients use the information presented as a part of a broader decision-making process.

On Mar, 15, 2019

179,906 people who take Ambien and Ritalin are studied.

Number of reports submitted per year:

Ambien vs Ritalin drug comparison reports.

Drugs in this study:

  • Ambien (zolpidem tartrate)
  • Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride)

Most common side effects:

  1. Drug Ineffective
  2. Headache (pain in head)
  3. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  4. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  5. Anxiety
  6. Vomiting
  7. Dizziness
  8. Weight Decreased
  9. Aggression
  10. Somnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)
  1. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  2. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  3. Pain
  4. Drug Ineffective
  5. Anxiety
  6. Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
  7. Headache (pain in head)
  8. Diarrhoea
  9. Fall
  10. Vomiting

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

  1. Drug Ineffective
  2. Anxiety
  3. Headache (pain in head)
  4. Aggression
  5. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  6. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  7. Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  8. Suicidal Ideation
  9. Weight Decreased
  10. Disturbance In Attention
  1. Amnesia (deficit in memory caused by brain damage, disease, or psychological trauma)
  2. Anxiety
  3. Somnambulism (sleep walking)
  4. Road Traffic Accident
  5. Fall
  6. Pain
  7. Drug Ineffective
  8. Sleep Walking (walking during sleep)
  9. Abnormal Behaviour
  10. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)

Drug effectiveness:

  • not at all: 1.99 %
  • somewhat: 15.87 %
  • moderate: 36.42 %
  • high: 34.38 %
  • very high: 11.34 %
  • not at all: 2.18 %
  • somewhat: 16.68 %
  • moderate: 32.47 %
  • high: 33.28 %
  • very high: 15.39 %

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