Sonata (Zaleplon) is a sedative that aids in falling asleep. Sonata is generally prescribed on a short-term basis, affecting the areas of the brain associated with sleep regulation and insomnia. Some other drugs to treat insomnia are: Lorazepam, Zolpidem, Benadryl and Lunesta. Sonata is classified as a hypnotic and targets various, specific areas of the brain, particularly the GABA receptors. The GABA receptors help relax the body, helping people receive a full night’s sleep.
Side Effects of Sonata
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Memory and vision problems
- Stomach cramps
- Increased possibility of visual hallucinations
- Liver damage
Sonata Do's and Don'ts
Sonata should be taken orally and only before bedtime. It should not be taken before naps. Although it is possible to experience drowsiness after the first day but its full effects work after approximately 7-10 days.
Sonata should be taken only as prescribed. Do not double the dosage to make up for a missed dose. Increasing the dosage may lead to addiction and drug dependency.
Sonata should not be taken after a large meal. It is important to not eat a filling meal within 2 hours before taking it as it will hinder the drug’s effects to relax the body.
Sonata should not be taken while consuming alcohol.
Individuals should not take Sonata for longer than 30 days as it may increase the possibility of addiction, dependency, liver problems, and depression.
People using Sonata may experience severe allergic reactions to its effects. Some signs and symptoms of allergic reaction include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips, and tongue
Urgent medical assistance may be required if any of the above symptoms occur. Stop use and consult a doctor to discuss further treatment.
Addiction and Overdose
People who abuse Sonata become dissatisfied with the effects of the drug on the current dosage, so they may take an extra pill to fall asleep faster. Additionally, they may increase dosage to reduce the symptoms and side effects.
While Sonata overdose is not common, it is important to take necessary action in the event of an overdose, especially if the overdose is due to the mixture of Sonata and other drugs. Symptoms of overdose include:
- Stifled breathing
- Loss of consciousness
If Sonata overdose occurs, call medical help immediately.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a dependency to Sonata, a drug rehabilitation facility may be beneficial. Medical professionals can assess the problem and determine the necessary treatment to rid individuals of drug dependence. No one has to suffer alone through the process. Through treatment and support, drug rehabilitation facilities play a large role in recovery.