Suvorexant (Belsomra®) is an orexin receptor antagonist that is used as a hypnotic. Here is basic information about this medication.
Treatment of insomnia, characterized by difficulties with sleep onset and/or sleep maintenance
Suvorexant is an orexin receptor antagonist and is the first approved drug that works through this mechanism. Orexins in the brain are involved in regulating the sleep-wake cycle and wakefulness.
Start with the lowest effective dose in adults.
Recommended: 10 mg, given within 30 minutes of going to bed, with atleast 7 hours remaining till planned awakening.
Maximum: 20 mg (if needed and tolerated)
Note: Effect may be delayed if taken with or within 30 minutes after food.
Dosage forms and strengths
Tablets: 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg
Please refer to Prescribing Information (see link below) for complete discussion of dosage, administration, warnings and precautions, contraindications, etc.
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