Zolfresh 5 Tablet

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Introduction

Zolfresh 5 Tablet is a prescription medicine used for short term treatment of insomnia. It reduces sleep onset time and frequent awakening at night. This medicine improves sleep maintenance and therefore ensures sound sleep.

Zolfresh 5 Tablet should be taken on an empty stomach, preferably just before going to bed. However, it is advised to take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain a consistent level of medicine in the body. Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor as it is habit-forming. Do not stop taking it suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may worsen your symptoms.

Some common side effects of this medicine include memory loss, hallucinations, agitation, headache, vertigo, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and back pain. It may also cause fatigue, stomach pain, double vision, and depression. However, these are temporary and resolve on their own after some time. Please consult your doctor if these bother you or do not away.

Zolfresh 5 Tablet also causes dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you and do not take alcohol with it as it may worsen the dizziness. Inform your doctor if you develop any unusual changes in mood or behavior, new or worsening depression, hallucinations, or suicidal thoughts while taking this medicine.

Before taking Zolfresh 5 Tablet, inform your doctor about all other medicines that you are taking, so that your doctor can advise if taking this medicine is right for you. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you are suffering from any liver or kidney problems. You should avoid smoking and alcohol while using this medicine. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should not use this medicine. However, if the need arises, please consult your doctor before using it.

Uses of Zolfresh Tablet

Benefits of Zolfresh Tablet

In Insomnia

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder in which there is a difficulty in falling or staying asleep at night. Zolfresh 5 Tablet helps treat insomnia as well as improves sleep quality. Zolfresh 5 Tablet works by slowing activity in the brain to allow sleep. This helps you relax and feel more energetic. It also helps you concentrate better and improves your quality of life.
With Zolfresh 5 Tablet, your sleep problems should improve within 7 to 10 days. Apart from this, it is advisable to make some lifestyle changes in order to sleep better.

Side effects of Zolfresh Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Zolfresh

  • Memory loss
  • Vertigo
  • Vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Sleepiness
  • Stomach pain
  • Agitation
  • Double vision
  • Depression

How to use Zolfresh Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Zolfresh 5 Tablet is to be taken empty stomach.

How Zolfresh Tablet works

Zolfresh 5 Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called non-benzodiazepine hypnotics. It has hypnotic, sedative, and anticonvulsant (manages fits) properties. It works by binding of the GABAA receptor chloride channel macromolecular complex (a chemical messenger) that slows the activity of the nerve cells in the brain and helps fall asleep.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Zolfresh 5 Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Zolfresh 5 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Zolfresh 5 Tablet is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Zolfresh 5 Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Zolfresh 5 Tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Zolfresh 5 Tablet is recommended.
However, inform your doctor if you have any kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Zolfresh 5 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Zolfresh 5 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Zolfresh 5 Tablet is generally started at a low dose in patients with mild to moderate liver disease and is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

What if you forget to take Zolfresh Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Zolfresh 5 Tablet, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Your doctor has prescribed Zolfresh 5 Tablet to help you fall asleep faster and sleep for longer.
  • It is best taken without food as a high-fat meal can reduce its absorption and effect. 
  • Take it 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime and only when you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • It makes you feel dizzy next morning. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • It does not affect total sleep time. However,  it reduces sleep onset time and frequent awakening at night.
  • Never share your medication with any other person who also has a sleep problem.
  • Inform your doctor if your sleep doesn’t improve after 7 to 10 days of treatment.
  • Stop taking medication and inform your doctor If you experience sleep driving or memory loss.
  • Do not stop taking medication suddenly as it may lead to anxiety, mood changes, and restlessness. 

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Imidazopyridine Derivative
Habit Forming
Yes
Therapeutic Class
NEURO CNS

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Zolfresh with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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LIFE-THREATENING
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SERIOUS
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Brand(s): Itracip
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

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FAQs

Q. Does Zolfresh 5 Tablet make you high?

Zolfresh 5 Tablet produces a calming effect on the brain and induces sleep. This calming effect may be perceived as pleasant or feeling high by some individuals. On prolonged use, Zolfresh 5 Tablet may also make an individual dependent such that they are not be able to sleep or function normally without taking it.

Q. Does Zolfresh 5 Tablet have paracetamol (acetaminophen) or aspirin in it?

No, Zolfresh 5 Tablet does not have paracetamol (acetaminophen) or aspirin in it.

Q. Does Zolfresh 5 Tablet have abuse potential?

Yes, Zolfresh 5 Tablet has abuse potential. However, it is more commonly seen in patients with a history of drug abuse, alcohol consumption, and drug addiction. Therefore, doctors should carefully take history of drug abuse from the patient. Moreover, patients with a history of drug abuse or addiction should be closely monitored during Zolfresh 5 Tablet therapy.

Q. Can I take Zolfresh 5 Tablet with prednisone?

No drug-drug interactions have been found Zolfresh 5 Tablet taken with prednisone. However always consult with your doctor before taking these medicines together.

Q. Does Zolfresh 5 Tablet help with anxiety?

Zolfresh 5 Tablet is used to treat insomnia, which may help ease anxiety in some patients, although doctors do not prescribe Zolfresh 5 Tablet for anxiety alone because it does not work in the same manner as other sedatives anti-anxiety drugs

Q. What are the symptoms of an overdose of Zolfresh 5 Tablet?

The symptoms of Zolfresh 5 Tablet overdose include drowsiness, confusion, problems with coordination, floppy muscles, slow or difficult breathing, and even coma (loss of consciousness for a period of time).

Q. What should I should avoid when taking Zolfresh 5 Tablet?

Zolfresh 5 Tablet can make you drowsy during the daytime and also decrease your mental alertness. Therefore, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery until and unless you know how Zolfresh 5 Tablet affects you. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Zolfresh 5 Tablet. Alcohol can make the side effects of Zolfresh 5 Tablet even worse.

Q. Who should not take Zolfresh 5 Tablet?

You should not take Zolfresh 5 Tablet if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. You should also avoid Zolfresh 5 Tablet if you have a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts. A person having a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, having kidney or liver disease, having a lung disease or breathing problems should avoid Zolfresh 5 Tablet. Also, its consumption is not recommended if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Q. Can I take Zolfresh 5 Tablet with food?

No, do not take Zolfresh 5 Tablet with or shortly after a heavy, high-fat meal. Zolfresh 5 Tablet may not work well if it is taken with high-fat foods.

Q. Can Zolfresh 5 Tablet be taken everyday? How long should it be taken?

Zolfresh 5 Tablet is used for short-term (2-4 weeks) treatment of insomnia (difficulty falling asleep). It should be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. The dose and duration of treatment should not be exceeded else it may lead to dependence (addiction towards medicine).

Q. Does Zolfresh 5 Tablet cause dry mouth and affect weight?

Yes, dry mouth is a common side effect of Zolfresh 5 Tablet, whereas weight gain is less common with Zolfresh 5 Tablet. If you experience weight gain, it could be due to increased appetite.

Q. How long does Zolfresh 5 Tablet take to start working?

Zolfresh 5 Tablet starts working as soon as you take it and may make you very sleepy. You may remain sleepy for some time after you take the medication. Plan to go to bed right after you take Zolfresh 5 Tablet and to stay in bed for 7 to 8 hours. Do not take Zolfresh 5 Tablet if you will be unable to go to bed right away and remain asleep for 7 to 8 hours after taking the medication.

Q. What are the withdrawal symptoms of Zolfresh 5 Tablet?

Do not stop taking Zolfresh 5 Tablet without talking to your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking Zolfresh 5 Tablet, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as unpleasant feelings, stomach and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, shakiness, and rarely, seizures.

Q. How can I improve my sleep without medicines?

You can improve your sleep by avoiding caffeine and nicotine, especially late in the day. Avoid exercise during the four hours before bedtime; daily exercise is beneficial to sleep, but can interfere if done close to bedtime. Avoid large meals in the evening. Avoid taking naps. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. Keep the bedroom as dark as possible and maintain a comfortable temperature. Set aside a time to relax before bed and use relaxation techniques.

Q. What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. People with insomnia experience trouble in falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. As a result, they may get too little sleep or have poor-quality sleep, and they may not feel refreshed after waking up.

Q. What are the causes of insomnia?

Insomnia can be of two types- primary or secondary. In primary insomnia, the cause is not known. It can be triggered by life-style changes including long-lasting stress and emotional upset. Whereas, secondary insomnia can be caused due to various reasons such as certain medical conditions (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease), medicines, sleep disorders, and substances (caffeine and other stimulants, tobacco and other nicotine products, and alcohol).

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