Rozerem – Ramelteon

Rozerem, generic ramelteon, is a sedative drug type also referred to as a hypnotic. It works to treat sleep disorders like chronic insomnia by affecting the sleep/wake cycle at a hormonal level and has not been shown to be habit forming in studies. There are other uses for Rozerem; however, its main use is related to sleep problems.

Rozerem Usage

Rozerem should be taken about thirty minutes before you are ready to go to bed. You should also not take this medication with or just after a meal that is high fat because it will make the active ingredients harder to absorb.

Who Should Not Take Rozerem

Rozerem should not be taken by anyone:

  • With severe liver disease (the doctor may test for liver disease before prescribing this medication)
  • Taking antidepressants
  • With sleep apnea
  • With breathing disorders, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, COPD
  • With a history of mental illness including depression and/or suicidal thoughts
  • While there is no indication that Rozerem harms an unborn child, or passes through breast milk, it should be used with caution in pregnancy or when nursing.

Possible Side Effects

While any drug can cause side effects, possible, common side effects for Rozerem include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea

Because of the way that Rozerem affects the hormones of both men and women, there might be additional side effects related to menstruation, sexual desire and fertility.

In addition to the common side effects, there are other more serious but less common side effects that might be seen with this drug as well. These include:

  • An allergic reaction could include hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips and tongue or throat
  • Unusual thoughts or behaviors
  • Hallucinations
  • Worsening of depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Nipple discharge

There is also a chance of automatic behavior including sleepwalking, eating, driving, talking on the phone and performing tasks while asleep without any recollection of them while awake.

Rozerem Important Information

Rozerem should only be used as directed by the doctor. While it is not thought to be habit forming, if insomnia is not resolved in seven days, the cause should be investigated and evaluated by your doctor. If you are being treated for any mental illness, insomnia could be a sign of a worsening of your condition and should be reported to your doctor.

There are several classes of drugs that can cause dangerous or harmful interactions with Rozerem including some antibiotics, heart rhythm medications and some antifungal medications.

Before starting any kind of sleep medication, it is important to talk to your doctor about any medications that you are taking on a regular or occasional basis, including herbal medications and over-the-counter medications, whether they are related to sleep or not.

Further resources:
fda.gov
medicinenet.com

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