BELSOMRA is a prescription medicine for adults who have trouble falling or staying asleep (insomnia).

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BELSOMRA is a prescription medicine for adults who have trouble falling or staying asleep (insomnia).

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Selected Risk Information
  • Do not take more BELSOMRA than prescribed.  
  • Do not take BELSOMRA unless you are able to stay in bed a full night (at least 7 hours) before you must be active again.
  • Take BELSOMRA within 30 minutes of going to bed.
  • BELSOMRA may cause serious side effects that you may not know are happening to you. These side effects include:
    • sleepiness during the day
    • not thinking clearly
    • acting strangely, confused, or upset
    • “sleep-walking” or doing other activities when you are asleep like eating, talking, having sex, or driving a car.
    • Call your doctor right away if you find out that you have done any of these activities after taking BELSOMRA.
  • Do not take BELSOMRA if you fall asleep often at unexpected times (narcolepsy).
  • BELSOMRA is a controlled substance because it can be abused or cause dependence.
  • Before taking BELSOMRA, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
    • have a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts
    • have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction
    • have a history of a sudden onset of muscle weakness (cataplexy)
    • have a history of falling asleep often at unexpected times (narcolepsy) or daytime sleepiness
    • have lung or breathing problems
    • have liver problems
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
    • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
  • Medicines can interact with each other, sometimes causing serious side effects. Do not take BELSOMRA with other medicines that can make you sleepy unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking BELSOMRA. It can increase your chances of getting serious side effects.
  • Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, do anything dangerous, or do other activities that require clear thinking after taking BELSOMRA.
  • You may still feel drowsy the next day after taking BELSOMRA. Do not drive or do other dangerous activities until you feel fully awake.
  • BELSOMRA may cause serious side effects, including:
    • abnormal thoughts and behavior. Symptoms include more outgoing or aggressive behavior than normal, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, worsening of depression, and suicidal thoughts or actions
    • memory loss
    • anxiety
    • temporary inability to move or talk (sleep paralysis) for up to several minutes while you are going to sleep or waking up
    • temporary weakness in your legs that can happen during the day or at night.
  • The most common side effects of BELSOMRA include drowsiness the next day after you take BELSOMRA.
  • How Should I Take BELSOMRA?
    • Take BELSOMRA exactly as your doctor tells you to take it.
    • Only take BELSOMRA 1 time each night, if needed, within 30 minutes of going to bed.
    • Only take BELSOMRA when you can get a full night’s sleep (at least 7 hours).
    • Do not take BELSOMRA if you drank alcohol that evening or before bed.
    • BELSOMRA may be taken with or without a meal. However, BELSOMRA may take longer to work if you take it with or right after meals.
    • Call your doctor if your insomnia (sleep problem) worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem.
    • If you take too much BELSOMRA, call your doctor right away or get emergency treatment.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please read the accompanying Medication Guide for BELSOMRA and discuss it with your doctor. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.

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What Is BELSOMRA?
What Is BELSOMRA?

BELSOMRA is a prescription medicine for adults who have trouble falling or staying asleep (insomnia).

It is not known if BELSOMRA is safe and effective in children under the age of 18 years.


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Do You Have a Regular Wake-up Time?
Jen wakes up every day at 6 AM. Do you have a regular wake-up time?
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When Do You Exercise?
Jen begins her days with a morning run. When do you exercise?
Do You Regularly Drink Caffeine in the Afternoon?
Jen loves coffee. She likes it because the caffeine helps her feel more alert at work, but she never drinks it late in the day. Do you regularly drink caffeine (coffee or tea, soda or energy drinks) in the afternoon?
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Do You Nap During the Day?
Jen is usually very tired at work. She daydreams of being able to take a nap. Do you nap during the day?
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Do You Eat Close to Bedtime?
Jen works late. She makes sure she eats at a regular dinner time, even though she works late, so she has time to digest. Do you eat close to bedtime?
YES
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Do You Eat Spicy Foods at Dinner?
Jen loves spicy food — the hotter the better! But she keeps it to lunchtime meals. Do you eat spicy foods at dinner?
YES
NO
Do You Drink Alcohol Close to Bedtime?
Although Jen loves wine, she avoids having alcohol close to bedtime. Do you drink alcohol close to bedtime?
YES
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Do You Have a Relaxing Routine that You Follow Before You Go to Sleep?
After Jen puts her children to bed, she begins her routine to relax before bedtime. Do you have a relaxing routine that you follow before you go to sleep?
YES
NO
Do You Put Away Your Electronic Devices 1 Hour Before Bedtime?
As she starts her wind-down routine, Jen decides that, after spending the workday in front of her computer, she wants to read a book instead. Do you put away your electronic devices 1 hour before bedtime?
YES
NO
Do You Normally Keep Your Bedroom Quiet and Dark at Night?
As Jen is about to get into bed, she puts away her phone and makes sure her blinds are shut tight to block out the light. Do you normally keep your bedroom quiet and dark at night?
YES
NO
Do You Tend to Lie Awake in Bed at Night?
Some nights, Jen wakes up during the night and can’t fall back to sleep. So she gets up and sits in the living room for a bit before returning to bed. Do you tend to lie awake in bed at night?
YES
NO
It's Time to Get Tracking.
Jen wakes up the next day at her regular wake-up time still feeling like she’s not getting the sleep she wants. She knows it’s time to have a meaningful conversation with her doctor. Now that you’ve taken a closer look at how you’re sleeping, let’s take the next step.
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DID YOU KNOW?

Keeping a consistent wake/sleep schedule is important. Doing so can play a role in strengthening the natural rhythms of your wake and sleep cycles to help you get the sleep you need.

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