What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is when a person has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or a combination of both. Symptoms include: difficulty falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night, not feeling rested after sleeping, and fatigue during the day.
Treatment for insomnia includes behavioral therapy, changing sleeping habits, and taking medications. Common drug classes used to treat insomnia are barbiturates, benzodiazepines, GABA agonists, melatonin agonists, and tricyclic antidepressants.
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September 05, 2014
Belsomra (suvorexant) was approved by the FDA in August for patients with insomnia, including trouble falling and staying asleep.
When will Belsomra be available?
Belsomra is expected to be available in late 2014 or early 2015.
What type of medication is Belsomra?
Belsomra is the first drug in a new class of medications recently approved by the FDA known as orexin receptor antagonists. Many other current insomnia meds, including Ambien (zolpidem) are GABA agonists. See More
August 20, 2014
For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the more than 50 drugs removed last year.
What are Express Scripts and Caremark?
Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More
May 15, 2014
Less than we thought. Similar to recent recommendations to lower the bedtime dose for Ambien (zolpidem) from 10 mg to 5 mg, the FDA has announced that the manufacturer of Lunesta (eszopiclone is the generic) will be required to change the current recommended starting dose. The recommended starting dose of Lunesta has been decreased from 2 mg to 1 mg for men and women. The 2 mg and 3 mg doses could lead to next-day impairment of activities requiring alertness such as driving. See More
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug,
regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.