Compare Sonata vs. Rozerem

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Sonata
(Zaleplon)

Rozerem
(Ramelteon)

Helps you sleep. Sonata (Zaleplon) helps you fall asleep, but it's not as good for staying asleep. It also interacts with a lot of diseases and other drugs.Coming soon.
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3.79Sonata
Reviews for Sonata (Zaleplon)
42%
of people (All ages) say Sonata (Zaleplon) is worth it
23%
say it works well
27%
say it's a big hassle
175 reviews
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Side effects
SonataRozerem
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Drowsiness 1%
  • Eye pain 2%
  • Tingling sensation 2%
  • Menstrual cramps 1%
  • Amnesia 1%
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How it works
SonataRozerem
Sonata (Zaleplon) is in a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it interacts with your brain to make you relaxed and sleepy.Coming soon.
Type of medication
SonataRozerem
Prescription only
Available as
SonataRozerem
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
SonataRozerem
  • Insomnia
Risk factors for serious side effects
SonataRozerem
  • Continuous use for 2 weeks or more
  • Alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Less than 7 hours of sleep
  • Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
  • Taking with alcohol or drugs
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Breast-feeding
    Detailed Sonata (Zaleplon) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Interactions
    SonataRozerem
    • Interacts badly with many other medications.
    No interactions related info.
    Alcohol
    SonataRozerem
    • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
    No alcohol related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    SonataRozerem
    • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Sleep
    SonataRozerem
    • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster.
    • People have sleep-walked, sleep-driven, and sleep-eaten while on Sonata (Zaleplon).
    • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
    • Can cause headache, drowsiness, or dizziness.
    No sleep related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    SonataRozerem
    • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster.
    • Doesn't last as long in the body as some other sleep medicines, so it's okay to take it in the middle of the night as long as you enough time to sleep. (But be sure to discuss it with your doctor first.)
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    Downsides and risks
    SonataRozerem
    • Not typically used for long-term treatment since it can be habit-forming.
    • Doesn't last as long in the body as other sleep medicines, so it's not as good at helping you stay asleep.
    • Interacts badly with many other medications.
    • Not a good option if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.
    • People have sleep-walked, sleep-driven, and sleep-eaten while on Sonata (Zaleplon).
    • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
    • It's easy to become reliant on sleep medicines. In the long run, it's better to learn good sleeping habits and behaviors so you can sleep better naturally.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    SonataRozerem
    • Take 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime.
    • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
    • It's very addictive and meant for short-term treatment. Dependence can start to form after using it daily for 2 weeks.
    • Can cause headache, drowsiness, or dizziness.
    • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
    • Withdrawal symptoms usually get better in 1 to 2 days.
    • Tell your doctor about any sudden confusion or changes in thoughts or behavior.
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