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- What is Rozerem, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for Rozerem?
- Is Rozerem available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for Rozerem?
- What are the side effects of Rozerem?
- What is the dosage for Rozerem?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with Rozerem?
- Is Rozerem safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about Rozerem?
What is Rozerem, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Ramelteon is an oral drug that promotes falling asleep and is used for treating insomnia. It acts by stimulating receptors for melatonin in the brain. Melatonin and its receptors control the circadian rhythm of the body which controls the sleep/wake cycle. Unlike many drugs used for treating insomnia, ramelteon is not addictive, and it is not a controlled substance. Ramelteon also does not cause withdrawal symptoms or rebound insomnia when it is stopped. Ramelteon was approved by the FDA in July 1995.
What brand names are available for Rozerem?
Is Rozerem available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No.
Do I need a prescription for Rozerem?
What are the side effects of Rozerem?
Side effects associated with ramelteon include:
Rare cases of severe allergic reactions involving swelling of the tongue and closure of the throat have been reported.
Other important side effects include:
- Abnormal thinking,
- behavior changes,
- suicidal thoughts,
- manic episodes, and
- sleep driving.
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