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Sonata

(Zaleplon)

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Helps you sleep.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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.

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  • 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.)
  • 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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Side effects for Sonata (Zaleplon)

From clinical trials of Sonata / Insomnia (20mg) ( 641)

  • HeadacheHeadache42% for Sonata vs.35% for placebo
  • DizzinessDizziness9% for Sonata vs.7% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea8% for Sonata vs.7% for placebo
  • Muscle weaknessMuscle weakness7% for Sonata vs.5% for placebo
  • Abdominal painAbdominal pain6% for Sonata vs.3% for placebo
  • DrowsinessDrowsiness6% for Sonata vs.4% for placebo
  • AmnesiaAmnesia4% for Sonata vs.1% for placebo
  • Menstrual crampsMenstrual cramps4% for Sonata vs.2% for placebo
  • Tingling sensationTingling sensation3% for Sonata vs.1% for placebo
  • Eye painEye pain3% for Sonata vs.2% for placebo

What to expect when you take Sonata (Zaleplon)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Sonata (Zaleplon)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Continuous use for 2 weeks or more

    All prescription sleep-aid medicines like Sonata (Zaleplon) have a risk of physical dependence. Dependence means that you'll feel withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the medication all at once. Talk to your doctor about natural ways to improve sleep or treat underlying conditions that prevent sleep.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Sonata (Zaleplon)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Sonata (Zaleplon) can be disinhibiting (like alcohol) or cause hallucinations. Tell your doctor if you notice any unusual changes in behavior.
Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
Sleep
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Doesn't last as long in the body as other sleep medicines, so it's not as good at helping you stay asleep.
  • People have sleep-walked, sleep-driven, and sleep-eaten while on Sonata (Zaleplon).
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Can cause headache, drowsiness, or dizziness.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • All prescription sleep-aid medicines like Sonata (Zaleplon) have a risk of physical dependence. Dependence means that you'll feel withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the medication all at once. Talk to your doctor about natural ways to improve sleep or treat underlying conditions that prevent sleep.
  • Sonata (Zaleplon) increases your risk of performing potentially dangerous activities while asleep, such as sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating. Talk to your doctor immediately about stopping Sonata (Zaleplon) if any sleep-related activities occur.