Ramelteon is commonly used to treat insomnia in people who have difficulty falling asleep. People taking this sleep medication have been shown to fall asleep faster than those not taking it. The drug comes in tablet form and should be taken 30 minutes before bedtime. Fatigue, dizziness, and drowsiness are some of the more common side effects of this drug.

What Is Ramelteon?

Ramelteon (Rozerem®) is a prescription sleep medication that has been licensed as an insomnia treatment for people with difficulty falling asleep. While many other sleep medications are only approved for short-term use (usually 7 to 10 days), ramelteon has been shown to be effective for treating insomnia for at least six months.
(Click What Is Ramelteon Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Possible Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects can occur with ramelteon. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
The most common side effects include:
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness.
(Click Ramelteon Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
You can also read about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles:

Ramelteon (Rozerem)

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