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What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to taking ramelteon, notify your healthcare provider if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
  • Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Rozerem and Pregnancy)
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Drink alcohol.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Ramelteon for more information, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does Ramelteon Work?

Ramelteon works by stimulating melatonin receptors in the body. This helps people to fall asleep. Unlike many other insomnia medications, the drug is not habit-forming and is not a controlled substance.

Clinical Effects of the Medicine

Ramelteon has been evaluated in several clinical studies for insomnia. In studies using the medication for chronic insomnia, people fell asleep faster than people who did not take ramelteon. Similar results were seen in a study of ramelteon in people with transient insomnia (insomnia that comes and goes).
Studies have shown that the drug does not cause a "hangover" effect in the morning and does not cause rebound insomnia (worsening of insomnia after stopping a medication).
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