Sonata

(Zaleplon)

2.9/ 5 average rating with 175 reviewsforSonata
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Helps you sleep.

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Our 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.

Quick facts about Sonata
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (zaleplon)
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 30 10mg capsules
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$16.93

Upsides

  • 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.)
People’s experience with Sonata

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Downsides

  • 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.
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 30 10mg capsules
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$16.93
How it works

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.

Quick facts about Sonata
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (zaleplon)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
People’s experience with Sonata

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Side effect rates for Sonata (Zaleplon)

From 641 clinical trials of Sonata when taken for insomnia (20mg)
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Asthenia
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Somnolence
  • Amnesia
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Paresthesia
  • Eye pain

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.

Common concerns from people taking Sonata (Zaleplon)

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Pregnancy
Interactions
  • Interacts badly with many other medications.
Alcohol
  • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
Kidneys and liver
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
Sleep
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Can cause headache, drowsiness, or dizziness.
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster.
  • People have sleep-walked, sleep-driven, and sleep-eaten while on Sonata (Zaleplon).
  • Reviewed Sonataon 8/12/2016It didn't help me fall asleep. I would take it and not fall asleep for two or three hours. But because it is short acting, really try and make the most of the first hour that it is supposed to work. Stay in bed and relax.
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    Insomnia (short-term treatment)