Generic Name : Ramelteon Pronunciation : ra-MEL-tee-on Therapeutic Classification : Sedative-hypnotic Drugs ICD Code : Y47.8
International- Rozerem. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is a sedative, prescribed for insomnia (sleeplessness). It works by acting on the melatonin receptors in the brain, that is needed for sleep. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): Contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity and avoid co-administration with fluvoxamine.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
PO- The recommended dose is 8 mg taken within 30 minutes before going to bed. How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth. Avoid taking this medication with or immediately after taking food. Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver disease, sleep apnea, a breathing disorder such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or history of depression, mental illness, suicidal thoughts, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
* Avoid alcohol consumption while taking this medication.
* Patient may be engaged with certain activities such as driving, eating, making phone calls etc in absent mind, if it so consult with your doctor.
Side Effects :
Serious- Severe allergic reactions, abnormal thinking and behavioral changes.
Gastrointestinal- Nausea and diarrhea.
Musculoskeletal - Muscle pain.
Central Nervous system- Drowsiness, dizziness and sleeplessness.
Miscellaneous- Headache and fatigue.
* It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication. Storage Conditions :
Store it at controlled room temperature (25°C), and in an airtight container.
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