Belsomra

(suvorexant)

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Helps you sleep.

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Belsomra (suvorexant) helps you fall asleep, but is only avaliable as a brand name so can be expensive.

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Quick facts about Belsomra
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • May be helpful if other sleep aids don't work.
  • Works quickly, especially on an empty stomach.
  • Might be a good option for the elderly.
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Downsides

  • Not usually used for long-term treatment since it can be habit-forming.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) is likely expensive since it's only available as a brand name, but coupon savings program could be available.
  • Not recommended if you do not plan to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) may cause sleep paralysis.
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How it works

Belsomra (suvorexant) is a newer, non-benzodiazepine option that reduces wakefulness and help with sleep by inhibiting the orexin receptors in the brain.

Quick facts about Belsomra
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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What to expect when you take Belsomra (suvorexant) for Insomnia

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  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Next-day sleepiness
  • Dependence
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Side effect rates for Belsomra (suvorexant)

From 1260 clinical trials of Belsomra when taken for insomnia (20mg / 15mg)
  • Headache
    7%7%
    6%6%
  • Sleepiness
    7%7%
    3%3%
  • Dizziness
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Dry mouth
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Cold and flu
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Abnormal dreams
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Cough
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Belsomra.

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Risks and Warnings for Belsomra (suvorexant)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Uncontrolled psychiatric conditions
    • Alcohol
    • Other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy

    Belsomra (suvorexant) can cause abnormal thinking or behavioral changes like anxiety, hallucinations, and sleep driving. Talk to your doctor right away if you notice any sudden or unusual changes to your behavior.

Common concerns from people taking Belsomra (suvorexant)

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Alcohol
  • Not safe to take with alcohol or sleeping medications.
Sleep
  • If you have COPD or sleep apnea, talk to your doctor first about Belsomra (suvorexant) before starting it. Belsomra (suvorexant) can make it hard to breathe.
  • Only take if you plan to sleep at least 7 hours.
  • May be helpful if other sleep aids don't work.
  • Not recommended if you do not plan to sleep for at least 7 hours.