Sonata review

Sonata is a brand name for the generic medication zaleplon. It is used to treat insomnia on a short term basis, and works to decrease the time it takes you to fall asleep. It does not, however, increase your total sleep time or keep you from waking up at night. Sonata is administered in capsules.

The most common side effect of Sonata is a headache, which occurs in between 30%-40% of patients. Other common side effects include abdominal pain, weakness, nausea, back pain, chest pain, fever, migraine, constipation, dry mouth, heartburn, pain in the joints, anxiety or depression, nervousness, difficulty thinking, bronchitis, itching skin and rash, eye infections, distorted taste, and dizziness. Side effects which are much less common include chest pain, chills, swelling in the face, generalized swelling, next-day-hangover, rigidity of the neck, low or high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, throat infections, flatulence, gum infections, infection of the tongue, hemorrhaging of the rectum, stomach infection, painful joints, agitation, euphoria, decrease in libido, asthma, pneumonia, snoring, dry skin, eczema, sweating, double vision, sensitivity to light, ringing in the ears, bladder pain, breast pain, impotence, urinary frequency or incontinence, and increase in appetite. Further side effects are very rare, and may include delayed menstrual periods, premature menopause, deafness, glaucoma, psoriasis, discoloration of the skin, sleep apnea, hiccups, hyperventilation, increase in sputum, facial paralysis, decrease in reflexes, slurred speech, sleep walking, osteoporosis, weight loss, lactose intolerance, peptic ulcer, and increased salivation.

The inability to sleep may be a symptom for a different illness, and that disorder must be treated if the insomnia is to be cured. For this reason, if you do not see improvement after 7 to 10 days of taking Sonata, you should get a complete mental and physical evaluation. In some cases, taking Sonata can make your insomnia worse, even to the degree of causing new behaviors or thinking patterns to emerge. Adding alcohol or certain other medications can increase the sedative effect of Sonata and put you at risk for abnormal behaviors, unclear thinking, and accidents while driving or operating machinery. If you do not go to sleep when you take Sonata, you may find yourself engaging in complex behaviors such as driving, cooking, or working, which can be very dangerous if you are not fully aware of your actions. Therefore you should only ever take Sonata immediately before going to sleep at night.

Sonata is in Pregnancy Category C, which means that it is not proven to cause harm to a developing fetus or to complicate a pregnancy. However, animal studies have shown that fetuses may grow less than they should or even die before birth when the mother is given normal doses of Sonata. It is also true that Sonata is transmitted through breast milk and may cause detrimental side effects on nursing children, so it should not be used while you are pregnant or nursing. Sonata has not been studied for use in children, so it is not recommended for pediatric use.

Sonata has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of sonata

• Molecular formula of sonata is C17H15N5O
• Chemical IUPAC Name is N-[3-(9-cyano-2,6,7-triazabicyclo[4.3.0]nona-2,4,7,9- tetraen-5-yl)phenyl]-N-ethyl-ethanamide
• Molecular weight is 305.334 g/mol
Sonata available : 5mg tablets, 10mg tablets

Generic name: Zaleplon

Brand name(s): Zalaplon

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