If you have trouble falling asleep, your healthcare provider may prescribe ramelteon (Rozerem®). This medication is not approved for other kinds of insomnia, such as trouble staying asleep. It is approved for long-term use, unlike many other insomnia medications. In addition, studies have shown that it does not cause a "hangover" effect in the morning and does not cause rebound insomnia (worsening of insomnia after stopping a medication).
The medication is designed to be taken 30 minutes before you go to bed. Because ramelteon works quickly, be sure that you are ready for sleep before taking it.
(To read more about this drug, including side effects that may occur during treatment, click Ramelteon.)