Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
This medicine is usually taken just before bedtime, or when you are having trouble falling asleep. You should not use this medicine if you are not able to sleep or rest for about 7 to 8 hours before you need to be active again.
Swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
It is best to take this medicine on an empty stomach.It may take longer for this medicine to work if you take it just after eating a meal.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Ask your pharmacist for the Medication Guide if you do not have one. Your doctor might ask you to sign some forms to show that you understand this information.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine is usually given when you cannot sleep. You do not need to keep a schedule for taking it. Never take two doses at the same time.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or breathing problems including sleep apnea.
Tell your doctor if you have ever abused alcohol or other drugs, or if you have a history of depression or mental illness.
Older adults may be especially sensitive to the effects of this medicine.
This medicine may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have itching, hives, trouble breathing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth when you take this medicine.
This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. This medicine may also cause sleep-related behaviors such as sleep-driving, making phone calls, or preparing and eating food while asleep or not fully awake. If these reactions occur, tell your doctor right away.
This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
If you still have insomnia after using this medicine for 7 to 10 days, call your doctor.