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Belsomra Side Effects

Generic Name: suvorexant

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

For the Consumer

Applies to suvorexant: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, suvorexant (the active ingredient contained in Belsomra) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while 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

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

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.

Some side effects of Belsomra may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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