zaleplon, Sonata

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GENERIC NAME: zaleplon

BRAND NAME: Sonata

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

USES: Zaleplon is used for the short-term treatment of insomnia. It decreases the time to the onset of sleep and was used for up to 5-weeks in clinical trials. It does not increase total sleep time or decrease the number of awakenings.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with zaleplon are:

Studies have shown that zaleplon has a potential for abuse similar to benzodiazepines. Patients may experience rebound insomnia on the first night after stopping zaleplon. Zaleplon can cause abnormal behavior or thinking or "complex sleep-related behaviors," which may include sleep-driving (driving with no memory of having done so). If these side effects occur, zaleplon should be discontinued.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/5/2016



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