Zaleplon - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Zaleplon: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Zaleplon?

Zaleplon is a drug prescribed to patients (for a very short period) who have trouble falling asleep. Zaleplon belongs to a class of drugs called ‘Hypnotics’. These drugs activate certain regions of the brain, induce relaxation and help the patient fall asleep. It should be used only on a short-term basis. It works by slowing activity in the brain so that the patient can easily fall asleep.

What are the Uses of Zaleplon?

Zaleplon is prescribed to treat chronic insomnia and must not be used daily, especially if you do not have an underlying sleep disorder. Read the medication guide very carefully before you start taking Zaleplon. The medication is to be taken orally as prescribed. It works very quickly, so it should be ideally consumed just before bedtime. It should be used with caution and under strict medical supervision and is not recommended to be taken if the patient is driving.

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What are the Side Effects of Zaleplon?

Zaleplon may cause some side effects in patients such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Headache
  • Vision problems
  • Distorted sense of smell
  • Painful menstrual cramps

It is important to consult with your doctor if the side effects are very frequent and unusual, as the doctor may suggest changing the medication. One of the common side effects of this drug is extended grogginess which stretches to the next day, so patients are advised to not drive or deal with heavy machinery and equipment.


Frequently Asked Questions about Zaleplon

1. Is Zaleplon a Controlled Substance?

Zaleplon is a drug used for people who suffer from chronic insomnia or those who have trouble falling asleep. It is a controlled substance as it is highly addictive and can be abused by patients if not monitored carefully. It is recommended to keep this medicine in a safe place in order to prevent excessive use.

2. Is Zaleplon a Narcotic?

Zaleplon, sold under the brand name ‘Sonata’, is classified as a sedative-hypnotic and used to treat patients' insomnia. While it is not a narcotic, it can cause severe addiction and life-threatening sleep behaviour. People who consume Zaleplon are advised to not drive or consume alcohol with this drug.

3. Is Zaleplon Good for Sleep?

Yes, Zaleplon is a hypnotic and is given to patients with insomnia or underlying anxiety. Anxious and depressed patients have trouble falling asleep, and this medication may be prescribed to them to treat underlying insomnia. This drug is also effective for people who wake up in between or have fits of sleep.

4. Is Zaleplon the same as Xanax?

Xanax is a drug that belongs to the category of Benzodiazepines and is not the same as Zaleplon though it is prescribed to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. On the other hand, Zaleplon is also known as ‘sonata’ and is given to help patients sleep better.

5. Which is Better for Anxiety? Gabapentin or Xanax?

Gabapentin usually treats seizures and neuralgia, whereas Xanax treats severe anxiety and anxiety-induced sleeplessness and insomnia. Xanax is highly habit-forming and addictive and must be consumed under strict medical supervision.

6. Is Zaleplon the Same as Zopiclone?

Zaleplon has a very low bioavailability, as low as 30% compared to that of Zopiclone. However, the treatment dosages for these medications in insomnia patients are the same. This is because of Zaleplon's potency compared to that of Zopiclone.

7. Can Pregnant Women Take Zaleplon?

There are no conclusive studies on the use of Zaleplon in pregnant women. Doctors should prescribe it after ascertaining the patient’s medical history. If the benefits outweigh the negatives, pregnant women can take it in moderate amounts under strict supervision.

8. Can I take Zaleplon While Breastfeeding?

A safety scoring system points to the fact that Zaleplon is not conducive in breastfeeding mothers due to the possibility of the drug being transmitted to the baby. At the same time, the low levels of the drug found in the milk and its half-life indicate that it may not cause an adverse reaction in young babies.

9. Can I Consume Alcohol with Zaleplon?

No, it is advisable to not consume alcohol with Zaleplon as this may cause excessive drowsiness in the patient. Overdose of alcohol may also lead to speech slurring and vision problems, and at times, coma. If the person is driving, then Zaleplon should not be consumed.

10. Can you take Zaleplon on an Empty Stomach?

Ideally, the drug should not be immediately taken after a very heavy and high-fat meal. Wait for the food to digest before you take it. It is best taken at night just before sleeping for maximum efficacy.

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