What is Sonata?
Sonata, a brand name for Zaleplon, is one of three popular sleep drugs used to treat mild to moderate Insomnia. Sleeping pills, commonly referred to as Z-drugs, have replaced Benzodiazepines as the most popular “go-to” sleep aids. However, despite them replacing Benzos, they still carry their own side effects and should always be taken as prescribed.
Despite being a Schedule IV narcotic and described as “low risk for addiction,” Sonata is only meant as a short-term medication. Meaning, it is typically prescribed for less than 10 days. However, people have developed addictions even when taken as prescribed by their doctor.
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Effects of Sonata
Like Lunesta and Ambien, Sonata should not be taken during waking hours. If it is, it can cause severe reactions that could lead to bodily harm and death. What makes Sonata different is that the user only needs to dedicate four hours to sleep; whereas Lunesta and Ambien require a minimum of eight hours. With any of these pills, it is important take them immediately before bed. Staying awake after taking a sleeping pill can cause dangerous side effects to surface, including hallucinations and lapses in memory. However, as with any medication, common side effects can be expected with regular use of Sonata. These include:
- Muscle pain
If any other side effects surface, or those listed are especially severe, then the user should seek help from the prescribing doctor immediately. Taking Sonata within an hour of a heavy meal can also postpone the effects and cause lapses in memory.
Mild Insomnia effects 33% of Americans.
10% of Americans will experience chronic Insomnia.
9 million Americans were prescribed sleeping pills in 2013.
Given the nature of Sonata and other sleeping pills, signs of abuse are easy to spot. For one, sleeping pills are only taken once a day before going to bed. If someone is seen taking a dose during waking hours, like early in the morning or afternoon, it is likely because they seek to abuse the prescription. Another clear sign is running out of the prescription too early. Sleeping pill prescriptions typically last 10 days, so simple math can deduce how much a person is taking.
People who abuse Sonata will usually do so by fighting the effects of the sleep inducer. Forcing themselves to stay awake and go into a hallucinogenic state that they will not remember.
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There is always a risk of building a dependency when taking medication meant for short term treatment, even when taken as prescribed. In the case of Sonata and other medications, it is best to let a doctor know how you are feeling when coming off the drug. Keeping an open dialogue can mean avoiding the most dangerous aspects of its use and stopping an addiction before it even starts.
Treatment for Sonata Addiction
Taking Sonata as prescribed is very important in navigating a potentially harmful situation. Because of its effects in the body, it is likely that the user may feel some symptoms of withdrawal after their prescription ends. In this case, it can be tempting to find another means of obtaining sleep. However, it is important to be strong at that time. Rebound symptoms are common when coming off any medication, but will level out in time. If they do not, then seeking continued assistance from the prescribing doctor can help continue the treatment.
If you or someone you love suffer from addiction to Sonata, there is no shame in coming forward. Addiction isn’t a choice, it is a disease and, like a disease, it needs to be treated. If you don’t know where to start, try reaching out to a dedicated treatment specialists. They’re there to guide you in your time of need, no matter where you are.
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