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I have been on Sonata for approximately 1 year and have increased pain in the veins in my legs and recently my arms. On a 1-10 pain level (10 being the highest) I on most days feel I am at 6. The pain in my legs is much worse and just pushing or tou...
by Melanie in South Carolina, United States, 02/04/2006
Sonata (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Sonata (Oral) Medication Classification
ZALEPLON (By mouth)
Sonata (Oral) Brandname
Sonata (Oral) is used for the Treatment
Zaleplon (ZAL-e-plon) Treats insomnia (having trouble falling asleep).
When To Not Use Sonata (Oral)
You should not use this medicine if you have severe liver disease.
How Should You Use Sonata (Oral)
- Use this medicine exactly as your doctor ordered. You should not use more of this medicine or use it more often than your doctor prescribed. This is especially important for older adults.
- Take this medicine just before going to bed or when you will have time to sleep for at least 4 hours.
- You should not use this medicine with a high-fat or heavy meal.
- Zaleplon should be used for no more than 10 days unless otherwise ordered by your doctor.
- If you have used this medicine every night for more than 1 week, do not suddenly stop using it without first checking with your doctor. If a dose is missed:
- If you do not remember until the next morning that you missed a dose of zaleplon the night before, skip the missed dose. Wait until that night to use your medicine.
- You should not use two doses at the same time
Proper Sonata (Oral) Storage
Store Sonata (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Sonata (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Sonata (Oral)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any other medicines that can make you drowsy such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, tranquilizers, medicine for depression or other mood disorders, and strong pain killers.
- Before using zaleplon, check with your doctor if you are also using rifampin (Rifadin®) or cimetidine (Tagamet®).
Sonata (Oral) Warnings
- Check with your doctor before using zaleplon if you have mild liver disease, any breathing problems, or a history of depression, alcoholism, or drug abuse.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your doctor before using this medicine.
- Zaleplon also may cause temporary changes in your behavior, such as aggression, agitation, confusion, or strange behavior. Contact your doctor if you notice any of these signs while using this medicine.
- After you have taken a dose of this medicine, do not drive, use heavy machinery, or do anything else that requires you to be alert.
- Sometimes these effects may last through the next day. Make sure you know how the medicine will affect you before you do any tasks that require you to be alert.
Sonata (Oral) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Changes in behavior or thinking
- Depressed mood or thoughts of suicide
- Trouble breathing If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of memory for the first few hours after using the medicine
- Trouble with coordination