Rozerem

(ramelteon)

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Helps you fall asleep.

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Rozerem (ramelteon) is a good sleep medicine that's not addictive, but it can be expensive.

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Quick facts about Rozerem
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Rozerem (ramelteon) isn't a controlled medicine, and it's safe to use in people age 65 or older.
  • If you stop taking Rozerem (ramelteon) suddenly, your insomnia won't come back.
  • Rozerem (ramelteon) won't make you feel hungover or groggy the next day.
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Downsides

  • Rozerem (ramelteon) is only available as a brand name.
  • Rozerem (ramelteon) is only available in 1 strength.
  • If you take Rozerem (ramelteon) on a full stomach, it won't work as well.
  • Not recommended for children.
  • Rozerem (ramelteon) can't be used if you have sleep apnea.
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How it works

Rozerem (ramelteon) is a melatonin receptor agonist. Melatonin is a chemical the body uses to maintain a normal sleeping cycle; Rozerem (ramelteon) helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Quick facts about Rozerem
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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What to expect when you take Rozerem (ramelteon) for Insomnia

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Side effect rates for Rozerem (ramelteon)

From 2861 clinical trials of Rozerem when taken for insomnia (8mg)
  • Dizziness
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Sleepiness
    3%3%
    2%2%
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    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Nausea
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Worsening insomnia
    3%3%
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Rozerem.

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Risks and Warnings for Rozerem (ramelteon)

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  • Rarely, Rozerem (ramelteon) can cause severe allergic reactions. This can happen as quickly as the first dose. If you feel your throat closing up, swelling in your lips or tongue, or you have trouble breathing after taking Rozerem (ramelteon), call 911 or go to the emergency room right away.

Pharmacist Q&A

Rozerem (ramelteon) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats insomnia (difficulty falling asleep).

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats insomnia (difficulty falling asleep).

Common concerns from people taking Rozerem (ramelteon)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Rozerem
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Price
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    Big hassle
    Reviewed Rozeremon 5/8/2017The medication itself was wonderful, but the price tag of over 300 dollars out of pocket for a 30 day supply and insurance unwilling to cover the medication was not fun.
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    Insomnia
Alcohol
  • While taking Rozerem (ramelteon), don't drink alcohol or take other medicines that can make you sleepy, like opioids for pain relief, or benzodiazepines for anxiety.
Pain
  • If you’re taking Rozerem (ramelteon), you need to be very careful about drinking alcohol, or taking medicines such as narcotics for pain relief, tranquilizers for anxiety, or antihistamines. Taking Rozerem (ramelteon) with alcohol or these medicines can slow down your central nervous system to the point where you stop breathing. Talk to your doctor to see if you should change your other medicines while you take Rozerem (ramelteon).
Sleep
  • Don't take Rozerem (ramelteon) if you're not able to sleep for at least 8 hours.
  • If you're not sleeping better after taking Rozerem (ramelteon) for 7 to 10 days, talk to your doctor.