Signs of Sonata (Zaleplon) Abuse
A brand-name prescription drug, Sonata is used to help manage and treat insomnia. The generic name is zaleplon. While it is technically not a benzodiazepine drug, Sonata has many similar effects on the brain. Sonata has a very short half-life, so it’s most often used to treat symptoms of insomnia in people who have difficulty falling asleep, rather than people who struggle to stay asleep. Most of the side effects of Sonata are similar to those of benzodiazepines, including the potential for addiction and dependence. It’s often difficult to determine if someone is abusing Sonata or if they are simply using it as prescribed. Signs of Sonata abuse can include:
- Using larger doses than prescribed
- Taking Sonata more often than instructed by a doctor
- Using Sonata recreationally, without a prescription
- Taking the sleep aid for longer than prescribed
- Combining Sonata with other substances
- Mental confusion
- Blackouts or memory loss
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