Sonata is a hypnotic agent used for the short-term treatment of insomnia due to difficulty falling asleep.





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What is Sonata

SONATA (zaleplon) is the latest medication in sleep treatment for patients who have short-term or transient insomnia. Only SONATA can be taken at bedtime or later, after patients have tried to fall asleep on their own. Patients need to remain in bed 4 or more hours before becoming active again. Insomnia can be unpredictable, and SONATA allows you to tailor treatment to your patients' individual needs.

The pharmacology of sedative/hypnotics, such as Ambien®†, Halcion®‡, and Restoril®§, requires that they be taken at or before bedtime (in anticipation of a problem) and also requires that patients remain in bed at least 7 to 8 hours to minimize residual effects. The distinct pharmacologic profile of SONATA, however, allows patients to try to fall asleep on their own before taking sleep medication.1,2

SONATA is indicated for the short-term treatment of insomnia. SONATA is not indicated for use in pediatric patients. Although SONATA improved sleep time from baseline in clinical trials, it has not been shown to increase total time slept or decrease awakenings vs. placebo.

SONATA works fast and clears fast.

In clinical studies, patients generally fall asleep within 30 minutes and were able to awaken the next day with no evidence of hangover.

Effects on sleep onset may be reduced if SONATA is taken with or immediately after a high-fat/heavy meal. A bedside medication, SONATA should be taken immediately before bedtime because of its rapid onset of action.

SONATA helps patients avoid the unnecessary use of sleep medication because of its flexible administration.


Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OF CONDITION may be needed if you are taking cimetidine, rifampin, or medicine for seizures. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have a history of liver conditions. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.


Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. THIS MEDICINE WORKS VERY QUICKLY. Take this medicine only when you will be able to sleep 4 hours or longer. Avoid taking this medicine with or after a high-fat meal. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light.


DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE or take this medicine for longer than prescribed. Exceeding the recommended dose or taking this medicine for longer than prescribed may be habit-forming. THIS MEDICINE WILL ADD TO THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL and other depressants. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. Continue to use caution the morning after taking this medicine also. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. TAKING THIS MEDICINE while still up and about may cause memory loss, hallucinations, dizziness, or lightheadedness. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR if you continue to have trouble sleeping or notice changes in your behavior or thinking. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.


A SIDE EFFECT that may occur while taking this medicine is short-term memory loss. If it continues or is bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience daytime drowsiness or change in moods or behavior. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness; confusion; sluggishness; loss of coordination; slow, shallow breathing; and loss of consciousness.


You may experience trouble sleeping for 1 to 2 nights after you stop taking this medicine. If it continues, contact your doctor. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children

The following links to other Web sites are provided as additional sources of sleep disorder information for your patients:

National Sleep Foundation
The National Sleep Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes public understanding of sleep and sleep disorders and supports sleep-related education, research, and advocacy to improve public health and safety.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine
The AASM was founded to increase awareness of sleep disorders among the public and professional communities. It is the major national organization for sleep disorders medicine.4

American Sleep Apnea Association
The American Sleep Apnea Association is a nonprofit organization that works to educate the public about sleep apnea and serves as an advocate for people affected by this common disorder. People with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times each night and often for a minute or longer.