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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Sonata Overview

Sonata Addiction TreatmentSonata (zaleplon) is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia). Sonata is used to treat insomnia. This medicine causes relaxation to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Sonata works by acting on certain receptors for the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA, which in turns slows down the central nervous system and the rate of breathing, heartbeat, and so forth, relaxing patients and desensitizing them to noises, touch and sights that would ordinarily wake them up.

Sonata Signs of Abuse

There are a variety of signs that can indicate Sonata abuse and addiction. Some may include:

  • "Doctor shopping" or visiting numerous doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions
  • Forging prescriptions for Sonata
  • Borrowing or stealing Sonata from friends and loved ones
  • Life begins to revolve around drug
  • Social withdrawal
  • Occupational or scholastic dysfunction
  • Tried to quit using Sonata but failed
  • Find it impossible to get to sleep without using Sonata
  • Experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit using
  • Snorting Sonata

Possible Effects of Sonata Abuse

There are a variety of symptoms that can indicate Sonata abuse and addiction. The symptoms experienced depend upon the individual and the level of addiction. Some symptoms may include:

  • Aggression, agitation, changes in behavior;
  • Day-time drowsiness, dizziness, "hangover" feeling
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety, depression, nervous feeling
  • Nausea, stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite

Sonata Possible Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms are one of the clearest signs of any addiction, and Sonata is no exception. When a chronic abuser stops using the drug, there may be a number of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

  • Agitation and irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Cravings
  • Nervousness
  • Delirium
  • Convulsions or seizures

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