Q. Does Zolfresh make you high?
Zolfresh 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 may also make an individual dependent such that they are not be able to sleep or function normally without taking it.
Q. Does Zolfresh have paracetamol (acetaminophen) or aspirin in it?
No, Zolfresh does not have paracetamol (acetaminophen) or aspirin in it.
Q. Does Zolfresh have abuse potential?
Yes, Zolfresh 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 therapy.
Q. Can I take Zolfresh with prednisone?
No drug-drug interactions have been found Zolfresh taken with prednisone. However always consult with your doctor before taking these medicines together.
Q. Does Zolfresh help with anxiety?
Zolfresh is used to treat insomnia, which may help ease anxiety in some patients, although doctors do not prescribe Zolfresh 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?
The symptoms of Zolfresh 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?
Zolfresh 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 affects you. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Zolfresh. Alcohol can make the side effects of Zolfresh even worse.
Q. Who should not take Zolfresh?
You should not take Zolfresh if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. You should also avoid Zolfresh 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. Also, its consumption is not recommended if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Q. Can I take Zolfresh with food?
No, do not take Zolfresh with or shortly after a heavy, high-fat meal. Zolfresh may not work well if it is taken with high-fat foods.
Q. Can Zolfresh be taken everyday? How long should it be taken?
Zolfresh 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 cause dry mouth and affect weight?
Yes, dry mouth is a common side effect of Zolfresh, whereas weight gain is less common with Zolfresh. If you experience weight gain, it could be due to increased appetite.
Q. How long does Zolfresh take to start working?
Zolfresh 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 and to stay in bed for 7 to 8 hours. Do not take Zolfresh 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?
Do not stop taking Zolfresh without talking to your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking Zolfresh, 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.
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).