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User Reviews for Zaleplon to treat Insomnia

Also known as: Sonata

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Zaleplon Rating Summary

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5.5/10 Average Rating
100 Ratings with 95 User Reviews

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Reviews for Zaleplon

Sonata (zaleplon): "I’ve had insomnia for around 16 years. Doctor tried me on multiple medications because nothing seemed to work. Ambien worked the most, but I began to build a tolerance too it so I was given Belsomra samples to try. Best medicine ever. Quickly fell asleep and stayed asleep and not groggy the next day. Went to fill the Belsomra prescription and insurance wouldn’t cover it because it’s a new drug without generics. Cost was approximately $500 for one month. Doctor said we could get prescription covered if we now tried two more medicines and if they didn’t work the insurance would approve the Belsomra. So we gave Sonata a go and it might as well be a placebo. Only get about 2-3 hours of restless sleep a night. Everyone has different reactions, but for me it didn’t do a thing."

   
1.0

Bella (taken for less than 1 month) February 20, 2019

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"I have severe sleep apnea and trouble falling asleep and was given Zaleplon 10mg take one to two 30min before bed. I took the first one and it made me feel a tad sleepy within a few minutes but an hour later I was wide awake as though I hadn't taken anything. I decided to take the 2nd one to try and rest. Well it definitely helped and kept me asleep but now awake for the day and I feel super nauseous from this and my head feels funny and I feel like my breathing is slower. I just feel bad all over. Not sure if this is something I wanna continue"

   
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Blessedw92018 February 12, 2019

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Sonata (zaleplon): "I experienced no effects from 50mg of Sonata. My doctor switched me to Trazodone 50mg; which has had no effect, as well. I sleep for 3-5 hours a night and wake up 4-10 times during those hours. (yes, I've tried no sound, no light, no screen time, no exercise or food just before bed, etc.)"

   
1.0

GW (taken for less than 1 month) February 3, 2019

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Sonata (zaleplon): "I tried this for awhile. Yes, it helped me sleep good. But...I was so sick. Anxious feeling, muscular pain, high blood pressure, terrible headaches. Plain misery! I should have realized it sooner but wasn't until I stopped it that those illnesses went away. Never again will I take that medication. I'm back to doxylamine succinate and I feel normal again!"

Mandie (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 13, 2019

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"My doctor originally prescribed Silenor as a sleep aid: I took it maybe three times - and even after cutting the tabs in half, I was a Zombie the next day until noon. His prescription of Zalephon is right on. I was asleep within 30 minutes, but awoke normally the next day. I will only use this as needed."

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) October 9, 2018

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"Doesn’t work for sleep. It kept me up EVEN longer and made me more alert !! I was shocked. After about 3 days I finally was able to take a 4 hour nap. I have extreme insomnia and was disappointed this drug made it even worse."

   
1.0

Jemm (taken for less than 1 month) September 30, 2018

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Sonata (zaleplon): "This medication is a miracle! I take 10 mg before bed and I am sleepy within minutes. It is a very short acting medication so it can be taken in the middle of the night without hangover effects. My doctor used to prescribe 2 capsules per night since I would wake up around 1 AM but now will only prescribe 1. It would be great if the manufacturer could develop a time release capsule with 20 mg total."

   
10

Elizabeth (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 20, 2018

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"I took this medication on Friday July 27,2018 at 10pm did not wake up til 1am on Sunday July 29.2018. There is some thing wrong with this. You tell me if it is good. I don't think so."

   
1.0

Tink July 29, 2018

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"My neurologist suggested that I take this. I have MS and several issues that go along with that. One is fatigue. I teach, I run marathons, I have children. However, I cannot sleep. First night: I tossed and turned the entire night, wishing I had taken Tylenol pm. Second night: I’m now lying in bed with my lamp on bc I feel like I’m in some sort of scary Alice in wonderland. I woke my husband up because I thought an arm was on my cup. I also have such heartburn that I took a Zantac. Did anyone else have hallucinations? I am hoping they go away after a few hours."

   
2.0

Ark234 (taken for less than 1 month) July 26, 2018

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Sonata (zaleplon): "I wanted to try alternate sleeping pill cause Trazodone makes me eat carbohydrates crazy and put on weight. So he gave Belsomra and I scared of those side effects I declined it. Tried sonata 10mg and I didn't go to sleep. Maybe slept 2-3 hours and have a nauseous stomach, feel jittery and tired. Hated it. Would rather have the weight gain and carb craves if it means Ill sleep and wake up feeling great."

   
1.0

Cool cat (taken for less than 1 month) June 27, 2018

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Sonata (zaleplon): "Works. I used to take ambien (zolpiderm) for years. It had major long-term memory effects. Now it works but if I wake I'm wide awake for hours. Sonata different. Somewhat like Valium (diazepam) but shorter acting. I generally need two. I try one first. If no sleep after TWO HOUR'S, I'll take a second (10mg). Works about 95% One only works 50%. I'll note that sometimes taken with full stomach but that doesn't seem to affect. I do feel pretty rested after this medication 1 or 2 doses. Also works well if I pop up after 2-3 hours 1 will do. I give it an 8 rating: the addiction notes here (no surprise) and my past history of memory loss make me suspicious & I can't rate for more severe needs. In fact I wouldn't recommend for either regular nor long-term use. Useful for intermittent use."

   
8.0

finger_man April 5, 2018

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"I've been taking 10 for a month. They get me to sleep for 2 hours then I'm up fall back asleep like every hour. If it's 5 I'll stay up til 7 take a 5 . Go back asleep for couple hrs."

   
5.0

LALAREPLOGLE (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 14, 2018

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"I will take zaleplon 10mg at 10pm and sleep til 2am. Then I take 10mg again at 3am and sleep till about 6:30am. benadryl doesn't work for me. Tossing and jumping out of bed was constant before zaleplon was prescribed."

   
6.0

fastestgunalive (taken for less than 1 month) January 28, 2018

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"Had to take two 10mg and still no sleep for 3 days have been suffering with this 47years"

   
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Anonymous January 12, 2018

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"This helps me fall asleep. I'm not chemically drowsy upon waking."

   
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Rubberneck (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 29, 2017

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Sonata (zaleplon): "Last night was my 1st night on Sonata 10 mg, I went right to sleep and didn't wake till morning. I love it"

Breagan December 11, 2017

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"I have GAD and always had trouble sleeping, not so much falling asleep but I wake up about 10 times a night. I can't take any of the hypnotics or even benadryl because they make my anxiety worse. My Dr. Prescribed Zalepon over a year ago 10 mgs 2 times a night if needed and it worked wonders. It's been a long time since I have needed it but it seems to be when the seasons change & it gets dark early. This time around I have taken it now 3 times and it felt like it did the opposite and kept me awake all night. I thought it may be bc I ate late or bc I was expecting it to knock me out and I didn't feel a thing. Trying it again one more time on an empty stomach, hoping that will do the trick."

   
5.0

Crazydayz79 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 14, 2017

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"caused: nausea, anorexia, double vision, made insomnia worse, made physical coordination worse"

   
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BrianAXXX (taken for less than 1 month) October 26, 2017

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"My Doc prescribe this for me because of insomnia after 1 week I still can't sleep. I take 5mg. "

   
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old relic (taken for less than 1 month) October 1, 2017

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Sonata (zaleplon): "I have no problem going to sleep (9 or 10). I'll will quite frequently wake up at 1:00am or 2:00am and cannot get back to sleep. When this happens I take 10mg and I will quickly go back to sleep until 4:30am or 5:00am which is the time I get up. If I get 6 to 7 hour of total sleep without waking up I won't take the Sonata ."

   
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2 o'clock Titus (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 30, 2017

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Sonata (zaleplon): "It made my blood pressure spike (190/119). This was in the late morning, early afternoon after taking, so I have to assume it was when the CNS suppressive effect was wearing off. My doctor (a psychiatrist) was not interested in discussing the possible reasons for this. I had pounding in my head and pressure against my left eyeball."

   
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Ditty218 September 10, 2017

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"The drug works for 3-5 hours for me. I only use it when I wake in the middle of the night and can't fall back to sleep. As a senior citizen, the 5 mg works well enough."

   
8.0

BernK September 2, 2017

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"Sadly it doesn't worked at all."

   
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Anna av August 17, 2017

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Sonata (zaleplon): "Sonata for the most part is great. I've had insomnia for years now and nothing seemed to phase me. I'm taking two 10mg and while it does work, I have those night where it doesn't do anything. Can't even tell I took it. I usually take it around 10pm. I've noticed if I have any food in my stomach it doesn't work or doesn't work as well. If I take it on an empty stomach it works great. With my schedule I sometimes can't eat until around 8:30-9:00 pm so on those nights I usually don't even take it because I know it won't work. Also, sometimes I wake up after about 4-5 hours of sleep and can't go back to sleep. Then some nights I sleep all night. Not sure if it's just me but it seems like sonata is very finicky."

   
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Sw33t_P August 13, 2017

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Sonata (zaleplon): "This drug is garbage and should be taken off the market, doesn't work keeps you up all night when you have to work a 12hr shift the next day. Causes RLS, migraine, and insomnia"

   
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Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) August 12, 2017

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