When and How Do I Take It?

Some general considerations for when and how to take zaleplon include the following:
  • The medication comes in capsule form and is taken immediately before bedtime.
  • You should take your dose with a glass of water, not right after a meal, and not with food. Taking zaleplon with food may make it less effective.
  • Zaleplon works quickly; make sure that you are ready for sleep before taking this drug. Do not take it before driving or performing any tasks that require concentration.
  • For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Zaleplon will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

The dose of zaleplon your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Zaleplon Dosing for more information.)

Zaleplon Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with zaleplon. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. 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:
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness.
(Click Side Effects of Zaleplon to learn more, including serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
You can also read about other possible side effects by clicking the following eMedTV links:

Zaleplon Drug Info

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