Sonata

(zaleplon)

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

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Our bottom line

Sonata (zaleplon) aids in falling asleep, but it's not as good with helping you stay asleep or with waking up in the middle of the night.

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

Upsides

  • Effectively helps people fall asleep faster.
  • Doesn't last as long in the body like some other sleep medicines, so it may cause less side effects the next morning.
  • Generic is available, so it's affordable.
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People’s experience with Sonata

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Downsides

  • Not typically used for long-term treatment because it can be habit-forming and hasn't been shown to be effective for chronic insomnia.
  • Doesn't last as long in the body as other sleep medicines, so it's not as good at helping you stay asleep.
  • Not recommended if you can't sleep at least 7-8 hours a night.
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
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How it works

Sonata (zaleplon) is in a class of drugs called sedative hypnotics, which are similar to benzodiazepines. It interacts with the GABA receptor in your brain to cause sedative, lowered anxiety, muscle relaxant, and anticonvulsive effects.

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

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People’s experience with Sonata

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What to expect when you take Sonata (zaleplon) for Insomnia

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tremor
  • Memory problems
  • Nausea
  • Lack of energy
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Side effect rates for Sonata (zaleplon)

From 641 clinical trials of Sonata when taken for insomnia (20mg)
  • Headache
    42%42%
    35%35%
  • Dizziness
    9%9%
    7%7%
  • Nausea
    8%8%
    7%7%
  • Lack of energy
    7%7%
    5%5%
  • Abdominal pain
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Sleepiness
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Memory problems
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Menstrual cramps
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Burning/prickling sensation
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Eye pain
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Malaise
    2%2%
  • Loss of appetite
    2%2%
  • Feelings of detachment
    2%2%
  • Decreased touch sensations
    2%2%
  • Tremor
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Abnormal vision
    2%2%
  • Increased sensitivity to sound
    2%2%
  • Smell disorder
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Sonata (zaleplon)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Continuous use of Sonata (zaleplon) for 2 weeks or more

    All medicines in the same category as Sonata (zaleplon) have a risk of physical dependence. Dependence means that you can feel withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the medication suddenly if you've been taking it for a long time. Use of Sonata (zaleplon) for longer than 7 to 10 straight days may be a sign of an underlying mental illness which is contributing to your insomnia. Talk to your doctor about natural ways to improve sleep, sleep hygiene, and possibly other conditions that may be making it difficult to sleep.

Common concerns from people taking Sonata (zaleplon)

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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.
  • Not recommended if you can't sleep at least 7-8 hours a night.
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    Some hassle
    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)