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People may wonder, "What is ramelteon used for?" Ramelteon is used for the treatment of insomnia in adults. Although the medication can help people fall asleep faster, it has not been approved to help with other kinds of sleeping problems, such as trouble staying asleep. Since ramelteon can affect certain hormone levels (which could affect the development of your child), it is not licensed for use in children.

Uses for Ramelteon: An Introduction

Ramelteon (Rozerem®) is a prescription sleep medication that has been licensed to treat insomnia in people with difficulty falling asleep. It is not approved for other kinds of insomnia, such as trouble staying asleep. Unlike many other medications, it is approved for long-term use. Studies have shown that it is effective for treating insomnia for at least six months.

What Is Insomnia?

It is not unusual to have trouble sleeping from time to time. However, if you feel that you do not get enough sleep or cannot obtain satisfying sleep, you could possibly have a sleep disorder called insomnia.
Insomnia symptoms include:
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Non-refreshing sleep.
There are several types of insomnia. Insomnia types are often based on how long the insomnia lasts and how often it occurs. These types include:
  • Acute insomnia (short-term)
  • Transient insomnia (comes and goes)
  • Chronic insomnia.
Short-term insomnia can last from one night to a few weeks. It is often caused by emotional or physical discomfort, and can be related to a single specific event.
About 60 million Americans each year experience insomnia.
(Click Insomnia Causes for more information.)
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