What Is Zaleplon Used For?

Many people wonder, "What is zaleplon used for?" Zaleplon is used for treating insomnia in adults. While the sleep medicine has proven to be effective in helping people fall asleep faster, it does not appear to help people stay asleep longer. Since there have been no studies conducted on zaleplon use in people under the age of 18, the medication is not approved for use in children.

Zaleplon Uses: An Overview

Zaleplon (Sonata®) is a prescription sleep medication that has been licensed to treat insomnia. It is part of a class of medications called sedatives or hypnotics, and it is a controlled substance (meaning that it may be habit-forming).
 

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.
 
 
  • 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.)
 

Zaleplon Drug Info

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