What is Rozerem?Rozerem is used to treat insomnia in persons who have difficulty falling asleep.
What is the most important information I should know about Rozerem?Rozerem may cause severe allergic reactions. Symptoms include swelling of the throat or tongue, trouble breathing, nausea and vomiting. If you think you are having an allergic reaction, get medical help immediately.
If your insomnia worsens or is not getting any better after 7-10 days, this may mean that there is another condition causing your sleeping problems.
Tell your doctor if you experience abnormal thinking and behavioral changes such as hallucinations and nightmares.
Avoid driving, operating heavy machinery, or anything that requires mental alertness after taking Rozerem; it may cause drowsiness and/or dizziness. For this reason, patients should be advised not to drink alcohol with Rozerem.
Who should not take Rozerem?Do not take Rozerem if you are allergic to the medication or any of its ingredients.
Do not combine Rozerem with fluvoxamine or if you have severe liver disease.
Rozerem should not be used in patients with severe sleep apnea (pauses in breathing during sleep).
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Rozerem?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Rozerem. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver disease, sleep apnea, depression, or suicidal thoughts.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 8 milligrams (mg) taken within 30 minutes of going to bed. Do not take this medicine with, or immediately after, a high-fat meal.
How should I take Rozerem?Take Rozerem exactly as directed by your doctor. Take it within 30 minutes before going to bed and limit your activities to those necessary to prepare for bed.
You can take Rozerem with or without food, but for Rozerem to work best, do not take it with, or immediately after, a high-fat, heavy meal.
Do not crush or chew the tablets. Take each tablet whole. Only take Rozerem if you are able to get a full night's sleep.
What should I avoid while taking Rozerem?Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Rozerem will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.
Do not take other medications that can make you sleepy. Do not take Rozerem unless you are able to get a full night's sleep.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Rozerem?If Rozerem is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Rozerem with fluconazole, fluvoxamine, ketoconazole, or rifampin.
What are the possible side effects of Rozerem?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea, drowsiness, upper respiratory tract infection
Can I receive Rozerem if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Rozerem during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Rozerem?Rozerem is usually taken only if you need it to help you sleep; missing a dose will not cause problems.
How should I store Rozerem?Store at room temperature.