Rozerem, also known as ramelteon in its generic form, is a sedative drug. Another word for sedatives is hypnotics. These medications help to achieve better “sleep-wake cycle” regulation within your body by affecting certain chemicals within your brain and body. This medicine is most commonly prescribed for use as an insomnia treatment for people who struggle to be able to fall asleep. Though sleep aids are known for being habit-forming, this is not the case with this particular medication.
While Rozerem is recognized as an effective insomnia treatment medication, it is not appropriate for everybody. For example, it should not be used by someone who has an allergy to ramelteon. It should also be avoided by individuals who have severe liver disease, or who are also taking fluvoxamine, which is an antidepressant.
Tell your doctor about any medical condition that you may have so that he or she can judge whether or not Rozerem will be safe and effective for you and, if so, at what dosage. It is especially important that you tell your doctor if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, a breathing disorder), sleep apnea, liver disease, or a history of mental illness, depression, or thoughts of suicide.
Take this medication as directed by the prescribing doctor. Make sure that you understand the way it should be taken so that you know that you’re using it for its maximum effectiveness and safety. Typically, it is recommended that Rozerem be taken about a half hour before you wish to fall asleep. Once you’ve taken the pill, you should simply go to bed and avoid any other activities that require you to be alert.
Don’t take Rozerem within three hours of eating a meal that was high in fat, as it will make it more difficult for your body to absorb the drug and will therefore make it less effective.
If you find that there isn’t any improvement in your symptoms of insomnia after having taken Rozerem for a week, speak with your doctor. You may need a different type of treatment, or you may need to undergo a few tests to make sure that the insomnia is not being caused by another physical or mental condition.
If you suspect that you may have overdosed on Rozerem, contact emergency medical assistance right away or call a Poison Hotline. Overdose can be very dangerous and potentially life threatening, so it is important that you take immediate action. The symptoms of an overdose of this drug are not yet known.