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Zaleplon is a type of medicine called a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this prescription for the treatment of insomnia. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep or cause you to wake up too early and can’t go back to sleep anymore. This condition can affect not only your mood and energy level but as well as your quality of life, work performance, and health. This can last from 1 night to a few weeks. It is chronic if it occurs at least 3 nights a week for 3 months or more. Insomnia symptoms may include:
- Waking up during the night
- Difficulty falling asleep at night
- After a night’s sleep, you may not be feeling well-rested
- Waking up too early
- Daytime sleepiness or tiredness
- Trouble focusing on tasks or in paying attention
- Depression, irritability, or anxiety
- Ongoing worries about sleep
- Increased errors or accidents
Commoncauses of this condition may include:
- Stress – concerns about school, work, finances, health, or family can keep your mind active at night and makes it difficult to sleep.
- Work or travel schedule – the one that acts as an internal clock which guides your metabolism, sleep-wake cycle, and body temperature is your circadian rhythms
- Poor sleep habits – this includes an irregular bedtime schedule, naps, an uncomfortable sleep environment, and using the bed for eating, work, or watching TV. Video games, computers, or smartphones just before bed can interfere with your sleep cycle.
- Eating too much late in the evening – taking a snack before bedtime is fine. But, eating excessively can cause you to feel physically uncomfortable. Several people may experience heartburn which may keep them awake.
Zaleplon works on certain centers in thebrain to relax you and help you fall asleep faster. This comes as a capsule fororal administration. Each capsule is available in the dosage strengths of 5 mgand 10 mg.
How does Zaleplon work for insomnia?
Zaleplon acts in the brain to aid sleep, specificallyon receptors in the brain called GABA-A receptors. Wherein, it causes therelease of a neurotransmitter called GABA in the brain. It acts as a naturalnerve-calming agent and aids to keep the nerve motion in brain instability. Itis also involved in decreasing anxiety, relaxing muscles, and sleepiness.
This medicinelessens the time taken to fall asleep and increases the total amount of timespent sleeping. Still, it is only appropriate for short-term treatment ofinsomnia. As when used for longer periods, it has a potential for dependenceand addiction. It may take 20-30 minutes before this medication starts working.They can also be sedating for up to 8 hours.
How touse Zaleplon?
Zaleplonis to be taken just before going to bed at night. This medicine is not takenafter a big meal as recommended. It can delay the time it takes for it to getinto the blood. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response tothe treatment. Since Zaleplon is usually prescribed for a short time, yourdoctor will tell you when to stop taking it or when to cut back.
TakeZaleplon by mouth with a full glass of water. Swallow the capsule as a whole.This medication works very quickly so it’s important to take it just before orwhen you get into bed. Your doctor will inform and work with you to find thedose that fits for you. Within 2 hours, you must not eat a high-fat meal beforetaking this medication. It may prevent the drug from working well. Do not takeit more often, increase your dose, or use it for a longer time than prescribed.Appropriately stop the prescription if your doctor tells you to do so. Informyour doctor if your condition gets worse or does not improve. If you missed adose, call your doctor for instructions. Do not double the dosage to make upfor the missed dose.
What are the side effects of Zaleplon?
Common side effects:
- Problems with memory orconcentration
- Short-term memory loss
- Hangover feeling
- Lack of coordination
- Numbness or tingling
- Nervous feeling
- Stomach pain
- Problems with vision
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
- Dry mouth
- Back pain
- Increased menstrual pain
- Joint or muscle pain
- Back pain
- Mild skin rash
Tell your doctor if you have:
- Unusual behavior
- Mental/mood behavior (seeingor hearing things that are not there, confusion, agitation, or rare thoughts ofsuicide)
Call your doctor right away if you have:
- Thoughts of hurting yourself
- Hallucinations orconfusions
- Aggression or depression
Call formedical help right away if there are any signs of an allergic reaction(difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of your face, lips, throat, ortongue)
- Zaleplon should be used with caution in elderly people, those with a history of alcoholism, decreased liver or kidney function, long-term breathing problems, or people suffering from depression.
- Zaleplon should not be used in children or adolescents under 18 years old, people with myasthenia gravis, sleep apnoea, or a rare hereditary disorder of galactose intolerance.
- This can also cause drowsiness. For this reason, do not drive or operate any machinery, wait until you know how Zaleplon affects you.
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding women talk with your doctor first before taking Zaleplon. This drug might affect the development of an unborn baby and this may not be suitable for breast milk.
- Let your doctor know if you have an allergic reaction to Zaleplon before or if you have any allergies. This drug may have any ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
- Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications including vitamins, herbal, or food supplements.
- If you drink or have ever drunk a large amount of alcohol, tell it to your doctor before taking Zaleplon.
- If you are having any surgery including dental surgery, inform your doctor that you are taking Zaleplon.