Generic Name: tasimelteon (TAS i MEL tee on)
Brand Names: Hetlioz
What is Hetlioz?
Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It works by affecting certain substances in your body that help regulate your "sleep-wake cycle."
Hetlioz is used to treat non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder.
Hetlioz may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Hetlioz if you are allergic to tasimelteon.
To make sure Hetlioz is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
liver disease; or
if you smoke.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Hetlioz is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I take Hetlioz?
Take Hetlioz exactly as your health care provider tells you. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets.
Take the medicine before your normal bedtime, at the same time each night.
Swallow the capsule whole and do not crush, chew, break, or open it.
Take Hetlioz without food.
After you take Hetlioz, avoid doing anything other than getting ready for bed.
It may take several weeks or months before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Hetlioz dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Insomnia:
20 mg orally once per day
-Take before bedtime, at the same time every night.
-Take without food.
Use: Treatment of Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder (Non-24)
What happens if I miss a dose?
Hetlioz should be taken only at your normal bedtime. Skip any missed dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking Hetlioz?
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.
Drinking alcohol may increase drowsiness caused by tasimelteon.
Hetlioz side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Hetlioz: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
Side effects may be more likely in older adults.
Common Hetlioz side effects may include:
abnormal liver function tests;
strange dreams, nightmares; or
cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Hetlioz?
Using Hetlioz with other drugs that make you drowsy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before using opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.
Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.
Other drugs may interact with tasimelteon, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Hetlioz only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Editorial References and Review
Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.
Source: Drugs.com Hetlioz (www.drugs.com/hetlioz.html).