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How Zaleplon Works

Zaleplon is part of a class of medications called sedative/hypnotics, which are known more commonly as sleep medicines. In clinical studies, zaleplon has been shown to help people fall asleep faster. However, studies have not shown zaleplon to be effective in helping people stay asleep longer. This is because zaleplon is cleared from the body very quickly and is most effective during the first part of the night. Other insomnia medications may be more effective for people that have trouble staying asleep.
Like many other sleep medications, zaleplon is a controlled substance and may be abused, especially in people with a history of drug or alcohol abuse (see Sonata Addiction). Zaleplon has not been adequately studied for long-term use, and using the drug for long periods may increase the risk of zaleplon dependence or abuse.

Is Zaleplon Used for Children?

Zaleplon has not been tested in people under the age of 18. Therefore, zaleplon use in children is not recommended. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about other ways to deal with childhood insomnia.

Is Zaleplon Used Off-Label?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend zaleplon for treating something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally recognized off-label uses for zaleplon.
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