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The information provided includes the following:
  • what is Rozerem
  • the possible side effects of Rozerem
  • what happens if you miss a dose of Rozerem
  • what happens if you overdose with Rozerem
  • the most important information about Rozerem
  • how to use Rozerem
  • other drugs that may affect Rozerem
  • what to avoid while using Rozerem

 

 
 

Generic Name: ramelteon (ram L tee on)
Brand Names: Rozerem


 

What is the most important information I should know about ramelteon?

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Ramelteon will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities. Ramelteon should be taken just before bedtime. You may experience some carryover effects the next day.
Take ramelteon within 30 minutes prior to going to bed and limit your activities to those necessary to prepare for bed.
Do not take ramelteon with or immediately after a high fat meal.
Talk to your health care provider if you experience a worsening of insomnia or any new mental or physical problems that concern you.
Contact your health care provider if you experience any of the following:
      decreased sex drive;
      excessive flow of milk from the breasts during nursing or milk flow from the breasts that is not associated with childbirth or the nursing of an infant in women;
      a loss of menses (period) in women; or
      fertility problems.


 

What is ramelteon?

Ramelteon is in a class of drugs called sleep medications. Ramelteon affects chemicals in your brain that may affect sleep.
Ramelteon induces sleep and causes relaxation. It is used to treat insomnia.
Ramelteon may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.


 

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ramelteon?

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you
      have liver disease;
      have sleep apnea;
      take fluvoxamine (Fluvox);
      are depressed or have suicidal thoughts.
You may not be able to take ramelteon, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Ramelteon is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is unknown whether ramelteon will harm an unborn baby. Do not take ramelteon without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is unknown if ramelteon passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
If you are over 65 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from ramelteon. You may require a lower dose of this medication.


 

How should I take ramelteon?

Take ramelteon exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Take ramelteon within 30 minutes prior to going to bed and limit your activities to those necessary to prepare for bed.
You can take ramelteon with or without food but for ramelteon 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.
Take ramelteon only if you are able to get a full night's sleep (8 or more hours) before you must be active again.
Do not take more of this medication than is prescribed for you.
Store ramelteon at room temperature away from moisture and heat.


 

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since ramelteon is usually taken only if you need it to help you sleep, missing a dose will not cause any problems.


 

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a ramelteon overdose are unknown but may include extreme sleepiness, confusion, dizziness, difficult or slow breathing, and unconsciousness.


 

What should I avoid while taking ramelteon?

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Ramelteon will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities. Ramelteon should be taken just before bedtime. You may experience some carryover effects the next day.
Do not drink alcohol while taking ramelteon. Alcohol will increase drowsiness and may increase dizziness while you are taking ramelteon, which could be dangerous.
Avoid other sedatives, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers, including over-the-counter preparations. They should not be used while you are taking ramelteon unless your doctor directs otherwise.


 

What are the possible side effects of ramelteon?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking ramelteon and seek emergency medical attention:
      an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; hives).
Talk to your health care provider if you experience a worsening of insomnia or any new mental or physical problems that concern you.
Contact your health care provider if you experience any of the following:
      decreased sex drive;
      excessive flow of milk from the breasts during nursing or milk flow from the breasts that is not associated with childbirth or the nursing of an infant in women;
      a loss of menses (period) in women; or
      fertility problems.
Contact your doctor if you experience
      daytime drowsiness, dizziness, or clumsiness;
      more outgoing or aggressive behavior than normal;
      confusion;
      strange behavior;
      memory loss problems;
      agitation;
      hallucinations; or
      new feelings of depression.
Side effects other than these may occur. If these become bothersome, contact your doctor.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.


 

What other drugs will affect ramelteon?

Before taking ramelteon, tell your doctor if you are taking
      fluvoxamine (Fluvox);
      rifampin (Rifadin);
      ketoconazole (Nizoral); or
      fluconazole (Diflucan).
You may not be able to take ramelteon, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with ramelteon or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.


 

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist has additional information about ramelteon written for health professionals that you may read.

 


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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