I have been battling with insomnia for 6 years now, since my college days really. I have tried several sleeping aids in the past, but I was advised not to prolong the use to avoid potential side effects. I am wondering if this new sleeping aid, Rozerem, would do a better job for my insomnia. And what are its long-term-use side effects?
Perhaps the most popular of all sleep problems diagnosed is insomnia, or the inability to fall asleep. Researches say that around 25% to 30% of all Americans suffer from insomnia each year, but most of these remain undiagnosed because only a few go to the doctor to discuss sleep difficulties. Insomnia in teenagers, in particular, is probably the least recognized because parents think it’s just because of their activity-packed lifestyles. Most of us relegate sleep problems to the sidelines, thinking that it’s not serious; but it’s high time we know that untreated sleep disorders are potentially deadly.
Insomnia can result in complications to existing health problems and reactions vary from person to person. For example, if you’re clinically depressed, insomnia can increase your risk of being further psychologically incapacitated. If you are such, you are exposed to hurting yourself and others. Rest is necessary for the body to recharge and if insomnia keeps you from doing so, your immune system weakens, making you very susceptible to viruses and other diseases. In short, insomnia is not just a sleep nuisance. It is a serious condition that needs serious treatment.
One of the popularly recommended medications to help treat insomnia is Rozerem (Ramelteon), which has already garnered the approval of the FDA. Rozerem has been given the green light for long-term use. However, Rozerem is not suggested for people who are hypersensitive to any of its ingredients, who are taking fluvoxamine, or have hepatic impairments. Rozerem has also not been tested on people who have severe COPD, sleep apnea and teenagers who have insomnia. Insomnia in teenagers is a condition that requires treatment but it’s best to be on the safe side and opt for other types other than Rozerem, instead.
While patrons of Rozerem say that it is very effective, the strength of Rozerem is not compatible for all insomnia sufferers. Studies have shown that some Rozerem-based insomnia treatments have led to changes in patient’s hormone levels. Thus, experts do not recommend that Rozerem be taking after eating a meal that’s high in fat. In fact, Rozerem should be taken 30 minutes before turning in for the night. In controlled clinical trials, 2% of those who had used Rozerem had felt dizzy and fatigued, but then again, these side effects are not exclusive to Rozerem alone and can also be experienced in other sleep inducing drugs.
Nevertheless, the effectiveness of Rozerem against chronic and transient insomnia cannot be denied. In fact, Rozerem has proven its potency even on the first night of use on majority of Rozerem takers who underwent a Rozerem-test for five weeks. But althought trials suggest that Rozerem has a sleep-inducing power upon initial use, its full effects and their regularity might not be felt until after several days to a couple of weeks.
Rozerem has also been studied for its ability to thwart the recurrence of insomnia. In an experiment that spanned a year, scientists found that there was no rebound insomnia in patients who took Rozerem with their insomnia treatments. Even after a year has passed, insomnia did not show signs of coming back. The recommended dose for Rozerem is one 8mg tablet once a day, shortly before going to sleep.
A major benefit of using Rozerem is that it is not potentially addictive; that’s why the FDA has approved Rozerem for long-term use. This is because Rozerem has no affinity for GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, receptors. Having said these, withdrawal reactions are not characteristic of people who have taken Rozerem for a long time. This is reportedly true even if Rozerem is taken 20 times its suggested dose.
Of course, it does not take genius to know that Rozerem should not be taken with caffeine, alcohol or other harmful substances. Rozerem should also only be ingested under the advise of a sleep doctor. While the side effects linked with Rozerem appear to be very minimal and manageable, Rozerem is still a drug whose use needs to be professionally regulated and monitored. Before deciding to use Rozerem, it would be prudent to find out more about the drug to see if it’s your best route. Ask you doctor about it.