What is Sonata?

Sonata is the brand name for the sedative medication zaleplon. Sonata is also known as a hypnotic that works by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems. Sonata is used to treat insomnia allowing you to relax and to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Important Information about Sonata

Sonata is a sedative that effects people differently. Some people taking Sonata have taken part in driving, eating, or making phone calls and later having no memory of the activity. If this happens to you contact your Doctor immediately.

Sonata may impair your thinking or reactions. If you still feel tired in the morning time do not drive or operate heavy machinery until the effects of this medication ware off.

Drinking alcohol while taking Sonata will increase the sedative effects.

Sonata can be habit forming. Prolonged use of this medication often leads to patients developing a tolerance and dependency. When abruptly stopping the use of Sonata you may e

Sonata Side Effects

Along with the desired effects of Sonata some patients may experience side effects to its use. Most commonly patients report experiencing dizziness, headache,muscle pain, and nausea. Some of these side effects are more severe than others, require medical attention. It is important to contact your Doctor immediately if you experience anxiety, blurred or double vision, or not feeling like oneself.

If you experience any of the following symptoms of overdose seek emergency help;

  • Confusion
  • clumsiness or unsteadiness, severe
  • dizziness or fainting
  • drowsiness, severe
  • weak muscle tone
  • troubled breathing
  • unusual dullness or feeling sluggish

Sonata Uses

Sonata is a hypnotic medication that is used to treat insomnia. It works by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems. This allows you to relax and to helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Just as with many other prescription sleep aids, Sonata has a high risk of abuse. Both patients and those using the medication illegally are misusing this medication by taking larger doses to increase the effects.

Sonata users may develop a tolerance to this medication, it is important not to increase doses without speaking to the prescription doctor first. Do not take Sonata longer than prescribed. When taking Sonata the body becomes dependent on the medication, when abruptly stopping its use you may experience symptoms of withdrawal. To prevent withdrawal symptoms contact your doctor for dose reduction when stopping.

Sonata Dosage and Directions

Sonata dosage should be individualized according to the patients therapeutic needs. The average Sonata dose is 10 mg once daily. Sonata should be taken immediately before bed time on an as needed basis. If the patient has difficulties falling asleep taking Sonata will help them.

It is important for patients to take Sonata as directed by the Doctor. Do not share this medication with others.