Silenor is the first and only non-controlled prescription sleep medication for people who have trouble staying asleep that is not associated with a risk of abuse or physical dependence.1
Although the exact way it works is unknown, it is believed that Silenor helps you stay asleep by blocking histamine, an important chemical messenger in the brain.1
Silenor is a sleep medication available only by prescription. It is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep.
It’s important to know that Silenor:
- Is approved to treat adults and the elderly who have sleep maintenance insomnia1
- Can be used to treat people with chronic sleep maintenance insomnia (insomnia lasting more than three weeks)
- No restriction on duration of use
- Call your doctor if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem.
- Can be used to treat people with transient insomnia (short term)
- Is not a controlled substance2
- Has no abuse potential or evidence of physical dependence/withdrawal symptoms2
- Patients in clinical trials reported a low rate of side effects
- Drowsiness or tiredness was the most common side effect
- Has no evidence of rebound insomnia1,2
- Is only available in 3 mg and 6 mg tablets. The total daily dose should not exceed 6 mg. If you are taking Tagamet® (cimetidine), the total daily dose should not exceed 3 mg.
- Should be taken within 30 minutes of bedtime. For faster onset and to minimize the potential for next-day effects, Silenor should not be taken within 3 hours of a meal.
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Learn how Silenor is believed to treat sleep maintenance insomnia.
Ask for Silenor by name. There is no generic Silenor.
- Silenor prescribing information. Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., March 2010.
- Data on file, Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.