Generic Name: Ramelteon (ra MEL tee on)
Brand Name: Rozerem
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 8, 2019.
Uses of Rozerem:
- It is used to treat sleep problems.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Rozerem?
- If you have an allergy to ramelteon or any other part of Rozerem (ramelteon).
- If you are allergic to Rozerem (ramelteon); any part of Rozerem (ramelteon); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have liver disease.
- If you have sleep apnea.
- If you do not have time to get a full night's sleep.
- If you are taking fluvoxamine.
- If you are taking any other drugs that can make you sleepy. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- If you are breast-feeding. You may need to avoid breast-feeding for some time after getting Rozerem (ramelteon).
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Rozerem (ramelteon).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Rozerem (ramelteon) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Rozerem?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Rozerem (ramelteon). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert after you take Rozerem (ramelteon). You may still feel sleepy the day after you take Rozerem (ramelteon). Avoid these tasks or actions until you feel fully awake.
- Avoid alcohol while taking Rozerem (ramelteon). Do not take Rozerem (ramelteon) if you drank alcohol that evening or before bed.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- Some people have done certain tasks or actions while they were not fully awake like driving, making and eating food, and having sex. Most of the time, people do not remember doing these things. Tell your doctor if this happens to you.
- Do not take Rozerem (ramelteon) unless you can get a full night's sleep (at least 7 to 8 hours) before you need to be active again.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Rozerem (ramelteon) while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Rozerem) best taken?
Use Rozerem (ramelteon) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take within 30 minutes of bedtime.
- Avoid taking Rozerem (ramelteon) with or right after high-fat meals.
- Swallow tablet whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- After you take Rozerem (ramelteon), only do things needed to get ready for bed.
- If you still have trouble sleeping after 7 to 10 days, call your doctor.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- If you take Rozerem (ramelteon) on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If you will not be able to get a full night's sleep (at least 7 hours) after taking the missed dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Do not take more than 1 dose of Rozerem (ramelteon) in the same day.
- Many times Rozerem (ramelteon) is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- New or worse behavior or mood changes like depression or thoughts of killing yourself.
- Feeling confused.
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
- Bad dreams.
- Memory problems or loss.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- For women, no period.
- Nipple discharge.
- Lowered interest in sex.
- Trouble getting pregnant.
- A very bad reaction called angioedema has happened with Rozerem (ramelteon). Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. Signs may include swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, tongue, or throat; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or unusual hoarseness. Get medical help right away if you have any of these signs.
What are some other side effects of Rozerem?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling sleepy.
- Feeling tired or weak.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
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How do I store and/or throw out Rozerem?
- Store at room temperature.
- Keep lid tightly closed.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time Rozerem (ramelteon) is refilled. If you have any questions about Rozerem (ramelteon), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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