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How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Zaleplon exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Do not take Zaleplon for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor.
It is not advisable to take Zaleplon long-term. See your doctor if Zaleplon does not seem to help you.
You may take Zaleplon with or without food. Take it just before you go to bed. Try not to take Zaleplon with food or a heavy meal, as it may take a longer time to take effect.
You should take Zaleplon only when you have problems sleeping and when you are able to sleep for at least 4 hours without being interrupted.
If you have been taking Zaleplon over a long period of time, you should not stop taking Zaleplon suddenly as this may cause withdrawal symptoms such as cramps, vomiting, sweating and tremors. Your doctor will reduce the dose of Zaleplon gradually before stopping it completely. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Some patients may experience rebound insomnia (problems sleeping without taking Zaleplon) for the first 1-2 nights after stopping Zaleplon. This should be temporary.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease.
Alert your doctor if you are an alcoholic or if you have a history of drug abuse.
Alert your doctor if you have depression or a history of depression.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while taking Zaleplon.
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Take Zaleplon only when you need to. Try not to make a habit of relying on Zaleplon to help you sleep. Zaleplon should only be used for a short period of time. Do not take Zaleplon for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor.
Practise good sleeping habits to reduce reliance on sleeping pills. These are some good sleeping habits which you should follow:
- Try to relax before bedtime. Do not engage in strenuous activities
- Try to go to bed at about the same time every night.
- Have a light dinner. A heavy dinner may disturb your sleep.
- Avoid caffeine in the evening. Caffeine-containing food and drink include coffee, tea, certain soft drinks and even chocolate.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before bedtime.
- Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and airy.
- Avoid taking naps especially in the late afternoon.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have lung or breathing problems such as sleep apnea, myasthenia gravis, any mood or psychiatric problems, or if you are at risk of falls.
Do not give Zaleplon to children younger than 18 years old.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid alcohol as this may increase the drowsiness caused by Zaleplon.
Why do I need this medicine?
Zaleplon is a sleeping pill. It helps you sleep if you have problems sleeping (a condition known as insomnia).
What side effects could I experience?
Zaleplon may cause drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision. It may also affect your coordination. Do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Zaleplon may also cause some temporary memory loss, anxiety, nausea, dry mouth and tingling in the limbs. It may also cause abnormal sleep activities such as driving, cooking, eating and walking while you are still asleep.
Zaleplon may cause aggressiveness, restlessness, irritability, hallucinations and nightmares in some people. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of these symptoms.
Alert your doctor immediately if you develop allergic reactions such as breathlessness, rashes, swelling of the tongue, face, throat or eyes.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor quickly if you are taking any of these medicines:
- other sleeping pills
- any medicines that cause drowsiness such as opioid (morphine-like) painkillers
- medications for mood and personality problems
- epilepsy medicines such as phenytoin, carbamazepine, phenobarbitone
- antibiotics such as rifampicin, erythromycin
- gastric medicine such as cimetidine
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.