Sonata (Zaleplon) Addiction and Abuse
The mechanism of action of Sonata and the side effects are similar to those of the benzodiazepine drug class. Benzodiazepines are a class of medicines used to treat insomnia, as well as anxiety and panic symptoms. When someone is prescribed Sonata, they should take it immediately before bed. The recommended time is 5 to 20 minutes before they plan on going to bed. Possible side effects of Sonata can include short-term memory loss, daytime drowsiness and dizziness.
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Along with being addictive, dependence is possible when someone uses Sonata. Dependence can occur regardless of whether or not someone is addicted to a substance. With Sonata dependence, a person’s brain and body become used to the presence of the drug. When someone is dependent and tries to stop using Sonata suddenly, they may have intense withdrawal symptoms.
When a physician is considering prescribing Sonata, it’s important that patients disclose any history of substance abuse. This can include use of alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription medications. A patient should also let their physician know about any history of mental health conditions they may have, as well as any other substances they regularly use. To avoid the risk of Sonata addiction and dependence, this drug should be taken exactly as prescribed and only with a prescription. Larger doses shouldn’t be used and Sonata shouldn’t be used longer than a few weeks.
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