Soma vs. Ambien


We compare the side effects and drug effectiveness of Soma and Ambien. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 145,076 people who take Soma and Ambien, 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 carisoprodol and zolpidem tartrate (the active ingredients of Soma and Ambien, respectively), and Soma and Ambien (the brand names). Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs) are not considered.

What is Soma?

Soma has active ingredients of carisoprodol. It is often used in muscle spasms. (latest outcomes from Soma 14,541 users)

What is Ambien?

Ambien has active ingredients of zolpidem tartrate. It is often used in insomnia. (latest outcomes from Ambien 75,817 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, 16, 2019

145,076 people who take Soma and Ambien are studied.

Number of reports submitted per year:

Soma vs Ambien drug comparison reports.

Drugs in this study:

  • Soma (carisoprodol)
  • Ambien (zolpidem tartrate)

eHealthMe real world results:

Most common side effects:

  1. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  2. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  3. Drug Ineffective
  4. Anxiety
  5. Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
  6. Headache (pain in head)
  7. Diarrhoea
  8. Depression
  9. Fall
  10. Vomiting
  1. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  2. Drug Ineffective
  3. Anxiety
  4. Headache (pain in head)
  5. Depression
  6. Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
  7. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  8. Vomiting
  9. Fall
  10. Diarrhoea

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

  1. Amnesia (deficit in memory caused by brain damage, disease, or psychological trauma)
  2. Anxiety
  3. Depression
  4. Somnambulism (sleep walking)
  5. Road Traffic Accident
  6. Fall
  7. Drug Ineffective
  8. Sleep Walking (walking during sleep)
  9. Abnormal Behaviour
  10. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety
  3. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  4. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  5. Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  6. Drug Dependence
  7. Fall
  8. Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)
  9. Dysarthria (speech disorder)
  10. Drug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)

Drug effectiveness:

  • not at all: 2.18 %
  • somewhat: 16.67 %
  • moderate: 32.4 %
  • high: 33.33 %
  • very high: 15.42 %
  • not at all: 1.52 %
  • somewhat: 22.29 %
  • moderate: 39.32 %
  • high: 27.65 %
  • very high: 9.22 %

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DISCLAIMER: All material available on is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider. All information is observation-only, and has not been supported by scientific studies or clinical trials unless otherwise stated. Different individuals may respond to medication in different ways. Every effort has been made to ensure that all information is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. The use of the eHealthMe site and its content is at your own risk.

You may report adverse side effects to the FDA at or 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).

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