Because it has a short duration of action, it doesn't help those who suffer from frequent awakenings during the night or those who wake too early in the morning.
Call your doctor immediately if it seems the medication is making the problem worse, or if you notice any unusual changes in your thinking or behavior, such as hallucinations, amnesia, agitation, or a lack of inhibition.
It is intended only for short-term use (7 to 10 days).
Problems with sleep are usually temporary and require only short-term treatment with medication.
Sonata is prescribed for people who have trouble falling asleep at bedtime.
The emergence of new symptoms could be a sign of an undiagnosed medical or psychiatric condition.
Sonata side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
The most common side effect is:
Other common side effects may include:
- Menstrual pain;
- Memory loss;
- Eye pain;
- Abdominal pain;
Less common side effects may include:
- Visual disturbances;
- Tense muscles;
- Taste changes;
- Swelling of the hands or feet;
- Sensitivity to noise;
- Sensitivity to light;
- Muscle pain;
- Loss of appetite;
- Joint pain;
- Generally ill feeling;
- Feeling of unreality;
- Eye inflammation;
- Ear pain;
- Dry mouth;
- Disturbances in sense of smell;
- Difficulty concentrating;
- Decreased sensation;
- Chest pain;
- Back pain;
Sonata is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are allergic to any of its ingredients;
- If you are allergic to fd&c yellow no. 5 (tartrazine);
- If you need to be alert and active in less than four hours, your performance could be impaired;
- If you've ever had addiction problems with alcohol or other drugs;
Do not take Sonata with any of the following drugs:
- Thioridazine (mellaril);
- Rifampin (rifadin);
- Imipramine (tofranil);
- Diphenhydramine (benadryl);
- Cimetidine (tagamet);
- Carbamazepine (tegretol);
The usual dose for older adults is 5 milligrams, as they may be more sensitive to the effects of Sonata.
Your doctor may adjust the dose to your individual need, especially if you are in a weakened condition or have a low body weight.
The usual dose is 10 milligrams taken once daily at bedtime.
A dose of 5 milligrams is recommended if you have liver disease or use the drug cimetidine.
Symptoms of Sonata overdose may include:
- Flaccid muscles;
- Labored breathing;
- Lack of coordination;
- Mental confusion;