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Zaleplon

Zaleplon
By Medicover Hospitals / 26 Feb 2021
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What is Zaleplon?

  • Zaleplon, commonly used for insomnia, is a sedative/hypnotic. It is known as a hypnotic nonbenzodiazepine. Zaleplon interacts with the GABA receptor complex and shares some of the pharmacological properties of benzodiazepines. Zaleplon is used for insomnia therapy (trouble sleeping). It belongs to a group of drugs called depressants of the central nervous system (CNS), which slow down the nervous system. Zaleplon is going to help you get to sleep quicker and sleep all night.
    1. Zaleplon Uses
    2. Zaleplon Side effects
    3. Precautions
    4. Dosage
    5. Interactions
    6. Warnings
    7. Zaleplon vs Xanax
    8. Frequently Asked Questions
    9. Citations

    Zaleplon Uses:

  • Zaleplon is used for treating insomnia on a short-term basis (difficulty falling asleep). Zaleplon does not help you remain asleep for longer or decrease the number of times you wake up during the night. Zaleplon belongs to the group of medicines known as hypnotics. It works to allow sleep by slowing activity in the brain.
  • Zaleplon Side effects:

  • Some of the common side effects of Zaleplon are:
    • Drowsiness
    • Dizziness
    • Lightheadedness
    • Lack of coordination
    • Numbness
    • Tingling in hands
    • Headache
    • Loss of appetite
    • Vision problems
    • Eye pain
    • Sensitivity to see
    • Painful menstrual periods
  • Some of the serious side effects of Zaleplon are:
    • Rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Swelling of face
    • Hoarseness
    • Difficulty in breathing
  • Zaleplon can also cause some other serious side effects. Talk with your doctor if you are experiencing any unusual problems while you are taking these medications.
  • Precautions:

  • Before taking Zaleplon talk with your doctor if you are allergic to it or any other medications. The product may also contain some inactive ingredients which can cause some serious allergic reactions or some other serious problems.
  • Before taking Zaleplon talk with your doctor if you are having any medical history such as Liver problems, low blood pressure, breathing problems and depression.
  • How to take Zaleplon?

  • Zaleplon comes as a capsule that should be taken orally. Typically it is taken at bedtime to fall asleep. Do not take zaleplon with a heavy or high-fat meal. If taken with high-fat foods, Zaleplon will not function well. After taking Zaleplon soon you will fall asleep. Right after you take zaleplon, plan to go to bed and sleep 7 to 8 hours. Zaleplon helps in making you fall asleep. Zaleplon may form a habit. Do not take a higher dosage, take it more often than recommended by your doctor, or take it for a longer period of time. Do not quit taking Zaleplon without talking to your doctor about it. You can experience some symptoms like uncomfortable feelings, stomach and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, shakiness, and occasionally, seizures if you suddenly stop taking zaleplon.
  • Interactions

  • While such medicinal products should not be used together at all, two separate medicinal products can be used together in other situations, even though interactions can occur. Your doctor may want to change the dosage in these situations, or other measures may be appropriate. It is important for your healthcare provider to know whether you are taking any of the medications mentioned below while you are taking this medication. On the basis of their possible importance, the following connections have been chosen and are not strictly all-inclusive. Avoid using medication like Calcium oxybate, Magnesium oxybate, potassium oxybate and sodium oxibate.
  • Missed Dose

  • Skip the missed dose and go back to your daily dosing cycle if you miss a dose of this drug. Do not use duplicate doses. Using this medicinal product only when you are unable to sleep. You may not need to maintain a timeline for taking it.
  • Overdose

  • Symptoms of overdose can include extreme drowsiness, confusion, lack of balance, severe muscle weakness, fainting, or shallow breathing. If you have taken more than the prescribed Zaleplon tablets there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions. Overdose of a medicine can lead to some medical emergency.
  • Warnings for some Serious Health Conditions

  • Allergies
  • If you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this drug or any other medicine, tell your doctor. If you have any other forms of allergies, such as foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals, inform your doctor. Read the label or package ingredients extensively for non-prescription drugs.
  • Pregnancy
  • Zaleplon can cause some serious problems to a pregnant woman or who are planning to get pregnant. Inform your doctor if you are planning to take Zaleplon or any other medications.
  • Breastfeedings
  • Talk with your doctor if you are going to take Zaleplon during your breastfeeding. The medication can pass into your breastmilk and can cause some serious problems to your baby.
  • Storage

  • Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. Exposure to medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach. Mainly the drug should be kept at room temperature between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC).
  • Zaleplon vs Xanax

    Zaleplon
    Xanax
    Zaleplon, commonly used for insomnia, is a sedative/hypnotic. It is known as a hypnotic nonbenzodiazepine. Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication used for treating anxiety orders and panic attacks.
    Zaleplon is used for treating insomnia on a short-term basis (difficulty falling asleep). Zaleplon does not help you remain asleep for longer or decrease the number of times you wake up during the night. Xanax is used to manage anxiety disorder and it provides some short term relief from the symptoms of anxiety.
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    Some of the common side effects of Zaleplon are:
    • -Drowsiness
    • -Dizziness
    • -Lightheadedness
    • -Lack of coordination
    • -Numbness
    • -Tingling in hands
    Some serious side effects of Xanax are:
    • -Drowsiness
    • -Fatigue
    • -Constipation
    • -Dry mouth

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Sonata (zaleplon) helps you fall asleep, but the medications don’t help you stay asleep for a longer period time. Ambien (zolpidem) helps to fall asleep and remain asleep, but can be habit-forming and may be more likely to cause side effects than most sleep medications.
    For a brief period of time, this drug is used to help people who have difficulty falling asleep. This drug might not be right for you if you have other sleep issues, such as not being able to sleep through the night.
    While zaleplon is taken at bedtime, some individuals may feel drowsy or less alert about the occurrence of it. Until you know how this drug affects you, do not drive or do something else that may be risky.
    Zaleplon takes nearly about 20 to 30 minutes for it to start working. The medications can also be sedative for up to 8 hours.
    It works by affecting some parts of the brain and making them fall assleepy and comfortable. It comes in capsule form. Zaleplon is a drug regulated by Schedule IV, meaning that it has the potential for violence.
    Some of the common side effects of Zaleplon are:
    • -Drowsiness
    • -Dizziness
    • -Lightheadedness
    • -Lack of coordination
    • -Numbness
    • -Tingling in hands

    Citations:

  • Zaleplon, https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00003495-200060020-00014
  • Zaleplon side effects , https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC181075/