Q. Is ONA a sleeping pill?
ONA is not used as a sleeping pill, as it may cause difficulty in sleeping.
Q. Can ONA be taken for longer term?
You need to take ONA as long as doctor has advised you. Suddenly stopping it or changing the dose may cause seizures to recur. Long-term use may make you dependent on it so consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
Q. On stopping ONA what kind of withdrawal symptoms occur?
The common symptoms seen after stopping ONA abruptly or reducing the dose too quickly include difficulty in sleeping, changes in mood, and increased sweating. It can also result in muscle pain, headache, shaking (tremor) or feeling restless, feeling very anxious, tense, confused, and irritable or agitated.
Q. How can I look for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?
You should pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. Keep all follow-up visits with your doctor as scheduled. Call your doctor as needed, especially if you are worried about symptoms.
Q. Does ONA cause weight gain?
Both weight gain and weight loss have been reported with the use of ONA. However, these are uncommon side effects of ONA. Consult a dietician and follow a diet plan to maintain your weight.
Q. Can ONA affect my memory?
Though memory does not get affected in everyone but in some cases the use of ONA has shown memory-related problems. The patient may complain of partial or complete inability to recall the recent past.
Q. Can ONA be harmful if more than the recommended doses are used?
If more than the recommended doses of ONA are taken, it can cause sleepiness, changes in speech, abnormalities in eye movements, and confusion. Coma may also occur but lasts only for few hours. Usually overdose of ONA is not life threatening.
Q. Can I take ONA and zolpidem together?
The combination of ONA and zolpidem should be avoided as it may have increased chances of side effects. If both are to be used then dose of ONA should be reduced, to prevent side effects.
Q. Can ONA and quetiapine be taken together?
If both ONA and quetiapine are used together the side effects may increase. The side effects which may appear are drowsiness, confusion, weakness, breathing trouble, and ataxia (loss of full control of bodily movements).