Sonata is often prescribed for people who have trouble falling asleep, but then usually stay asleep. Unlike some other sleep aids, Sonata has not been linked to an increase in traffic accidents and somnabulism.
How should Sonata be used?
Sonata comes as a capsule to be taken orally. It is usually taken once a day at bedtime or after going to bed if you cannot sleep. This medication is usually taken for 7-10 days.
What about Sonata addiction?
The active ingredient in Sonata is zaleplon which can be habit-forming; do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or take it for a longer period than your doctor tells you to. Do not stop taking Zaleplon without talking to your doctor.
What about Sonata tolerance?
Generic Sonata can lose its effectiveness if used for long periods of time.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking zaleplon, tell your doctor if you are allergic to aspirin, tartarzine (a yellow dye in some processed foods and drugs), or any other drugs. tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially allergy medications; antihistamines; barbiturates; cimetidine (Tagamet); cold medicines; imipramine (Tofranil); medications for depression; medications for seizures such as phenytoin (Dilantin), carbamazepine (Eptitol, Tegretol, others), and phenobarbital (Solfoton); pain relievers; rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane); thioridazine (Mellaril); tranquilizers; and vitamins and herbal products. tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney or liver disease, a history of alcohol or drug abuse or depression, asthma, breathing problems, or allergies. tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Sonata/Zaleplon, call your doctor. if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Sonata/Zaleplon.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Do not take Sonata with or right after a high-fat or heavy meal.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Do not take a missed dose when you remember it. Skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time.
What about Sonata Side Effects?
Although zaleplon side effects are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, lack of coordination, headache, constipation, dry mouth, muscle aches.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
skin rash, itching , fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty breathing, fever, behavior changes or acting differently, mental confusion, abnormal thinking or dreams, hallucinations, depression, worsening of insomnia, problems with memory
What storage conditions does Sonata require?
Keep this medication out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.