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Belsomra

Generic Name: suvorexant (SOO voe REX ant)
Brand Names: Belsomra
Belsomra (suvorexant) is used to treat insomnia. Includes Belsomra side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Belsomra (suvorexant) is a sleep medicine that helps regulate your sleep and wake cycle. Belsomra is used to treat insomnia (trouble fAlling asleep or staying asleep). Belsomra may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not use Belsomra if you have narcolepsy. You should not use Belsomra if you are allergic to suvorexant, or if you have narcolepsy. Belsomra may be habit-forming. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Learn more

Belsomra Side Effects

Belsomra Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about suvorexant. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Belsomra.

In Summary

Common side effects of Belsomra include: drowsiness. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to suvorexant: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, suvorexant (the active ingredient contained in Belsomra) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking suvorexant:

More common

  • Sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

Less common

  • Unusual or abnormal dreams

Incidence not known

  • Changes in behavior
  • discouragement
  • fear or nervousness
  • feeling sad or empty
  • irritability
  • lack of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • loss of memory
  • problems with memory
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • temporary inability to move or talk for up to several minutes while you are going to sleep or wake up
  • temporary weakness in your legs
  • thoughts of killing oneself
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating

Some side effects of suvorexant may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Headache

Less common

  • Body aches or pain
  • chills
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with breathing
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • ear congestion
  • fever
  • loss of voice
  • nasal congestion
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to suvorexant: oral tablet

General

The most common adverse reaction was somnolence.

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Diarrhea, dry mouth

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, somnolence, dizziness

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal dreams

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Cough, upper respiratory tract infection

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Belsomra (www.drugs.com/belsomra.html).