A 43-year-old female asked:
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how long can or should you take belsomra for insomnia?

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Dr. Fred Vandusen
30 years experience Family Medicine
4 weeks: Belsomra is one of the newest medications for insomnia so I have little experience with it. It works in a novel way by blocking orexin, a hormone the brain produces to keep us alert and activated. It is currently approved for four weeks. It's advantage is that there's no dependency likely . The long term risk may be depression.
Answered on Aug 11, 2019
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Dr. Julian Raffoul
Specializes in General Practice
An important thing to remember is that with or without medicine, proper sleep hygiene is essential: 1.) Wake at the same time each day; if tired go to sleep early, don't sleep in. 2.) Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool environment. 3.) A comfortable bed is key, use for sleep or sex, NOT for studying, etc. 4.) Remove TV's & other distracting gadgets from the bedroom. 5.) Avoid heavy meals before bedtime.
Jul 10, 2015
Dr. Mohammad Shahzad
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Sleep aid: you can take as long as there is need. It is advisable to give break and have some drug free days to avoid tolerance and dependence.
Answered on Jan 3, 2019
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