Zaleplon (Sonata® and generic) is a hypnotic with a chemical structure unrelated to benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or other drugs. Here is basic information about this medication.
Short-term treatment of insomnia (decreases sleep latency)
Initial: 10 mg once daily at bedtime or after going to sleep if having trouble going to sleep
Maximum: 20 mg once daily at bedtime
a) Low weight
5 mg once daily at bedtime
b) Elderly or debilitated
Recommended: 5 mg, maximum: 10 mg
c) Mild to moderate hepatic impairment: 5 mg once daily at bedtime
d) Severe hepatic impairment: not recommended
Dosage forms and strengths
Capsules: 5 mg, 10 mg
Please refer to Prescribing Information (see link below) for complete discussion of dosage, administration, warnings and precautions, contraindications, etc.
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