What Is The Difference Between Zolpidem Tartrate And Zolpidem? Q&A 7 Comments I know one is Generic and can be bought in other countries and the other is still holding a patent in the U.S, ← What Are The Side Effects Of Taking Zolpidem Or Ambien? .tramadol? → 7 thoughts on “What Is The Difference Between Zolpidem Tartrate And Zolpidem?” Anonymous July 16, 2009 at 9:33 pm Zolpidem is the generic form of Ambien. There is an ER (extended release) form known as Ambien CR (controlled release). “tartrate” is just a term describing the “form” the drug comes in. Zolpidem (Ambien) comes as a tablet in tartrate form (in a salt form). I believe the tartrate form is the only form zolpidem and Ambien are manufactured…at least in the U.S. Thus Zolpidem and Zolpidem Tartrate are exactly the same thing and have the exact same effect on the body. Now then: In the U.S., only Ambien is available…the brand name, and this by prescription only. It is a Schedule IV drug, too…so the prescription can only be written by a practitioner with a DEA number (Drug Enforcement Agency). This is because it is potentially addictive and has high abuse potential. Outside the U.S., the generic form of Ambien is available….and this is called zolpidem (typically the Brand name is capitalized and the generic name is not, but this notation is not always followed by everybody). All brand name drugs can eventually be sold as the generic in the U.S. (if another competing company should so choose to manufacture it), after a certain number of years…and perhaps that will happen with Ambien in the future. But for all practical purposes: Ambien = Zolpidem = Zolpidem Tartrate Hope this helps! Log in to Reply Anonymous April 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm Generic Ambien (Zolpidem or Zolpidem Tartrate) have been available in the US for SEVERAL years now. Log in to Reply vilignoble January 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm Zolpidiem tartrate has got the tartar, tartrate version is shaped like a little football, and zolpidiem is a circle. I have taken both at the same mg level and zolpidiem tartrate is slightly more effective than regular zolpidiem. It depends on what pharmacy you go as to which one you will get. Log in to Reply Kevin Noah April 11, 2011 at 7:12 am dose zolpidem tart er have benzodiazepines in it? Log in to Reply Anonomoose February 16, 2012 at 3:10 am Fyi, zolpidem by it self doesn’t hold a candle to zolpidem tartrate in my opinion. Log in to Reply plainfieldpam June 30, 2014 at 1:53 am Does the collided tartrate cause bad dreams? Log in to Reply plainfieldpam June 30, 2014 at 1:57 am Sorry… Does the zolpidem tartrate cause bad dreams? Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.