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Belsomra Side Effects

Generic Name: suvorexant

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of suvorexant. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Belsomra.

For the Consumer

Applies to suvorexant: oral tablet

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by suvorexant (the active ingredient contained in Belsomra). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking suvorexant:

More common:
  • Sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
Less common:
  • Unusual or abnormal dreams
Incidence not known:
  • Changes in behavior
  • discouragement
  • fear or nervousness
  • feeling sad or empty
  • irritability
  • lack of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • loss of memory
  • problems with memory
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • temporary inability to move or talk for up to several minutes while you are going to sleep or wake up
  • temporary weakness in your legs
  • thoughts of killing oneself
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with suvorexant may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common:
  • Headache
Less common:
  • Body aches or pain
  • chills
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with breathing
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • ear congestion
  • fever
  • loss of voice
  • nasal congestion
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to suvorexant: oral tablet

General

The most common adverse reaction was somnolence.[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Diarrhea, dry mouth[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, somnolence, dizziness[Ref]

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal dreams[Ref]

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Cough, upper respiratory tract infection[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Belsomra (suvorexant)." Merck & Company Inc, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

Not all side effects for Belsomra may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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