(BPT) - We’ve all been told how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. It improves our mood, allows us to focus better and increases our ability to reason and problem solve. In addition to its effect on general wellbeing and productivity, sleep is also critical to vital functions that keep our body working properly and in good health. In fact, research published in SLEEP has shown people with insomnia are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions than those who get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
Unfortunately, more than 30 million Americans have chronic insomnia, putting them at greater risk of developing and suffering from chronic health conditions like heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, neurologic disease, and chronic pain. And what many people don’t know is that insomnia is about more than just being unable to fall asleep (sleep onset insomnia). It also includes the inability to sleep through the night (sleep maintenance insomnia), which is actually the most common symptom.
The good news is there are effective ways to manage insomnia. Incorporating good bedtime habits into your nightly routine is one of them. Helpful habits you may want to try include:
If practicing these habits alone is not enough, speak with your doctor about your routine, lifestyle and symptoms. If you are diagnosed with insomnia, your doctor may prescribe a prescription medication.
If you have trouble staying asleep, please talk to your doctor to see if SILENOR® may be an option for you. SILENOR® is a prescription sleep aid that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep. It works with the wake-promoting mechanism of your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle to help you stay asleep during the night and keep you from waking too early in the morning.
To prepare for a visit with your doctor, visit www.silenor.com to download a conversation starter guide, which includes a short questionnaire to help you better understand your sleep and what questions to ask your doctor.
Summary of Information about SILENOR® (doxepin) Tablets
The risk information provided here is not comprehensive. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. Please talk with your health care provider if you want to learn more about Silenor. The FDA-approved product labeling can be found at www.SILENOR.com or by calling 1-877-SILENOR (745-3667).
Indications and Usage
SILENOR is indicted for the treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulties with sleep maintenance.
What is the most important information I should know about SILENOR?
After taking SILENOR, you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing. The next morning, you may not remember that you did anything during the night.
You have a higher chance for doing these activities if you drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy with SILENOR. Reported activities include:
1. Take SILENOR exactly as prescribed
SILENOR is a hypnotic (sleep) medicine that is used to treat people who have trouble staying asleep.
What are the ingredients in SILENOR?
Active Ingredient: doxepin hydrochloride
Inactive Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal silicon dioxide, and magnesium stearate. The 3 mg tablet also contains FD&C Blue No. 1. The 6 mg tablet also contains FD&C Yellow No. 10 and FD&C Blue No. 1.
Who should not take SILENOR?
Do not take SILENOR if you:
It is not known if SILENOR is safe and effective in children.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking SILENOR?
Before you take SILENOR, tell your healthcare provider if you:
What other medications might interact with SILENOR?
SILENOR and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. SILENOR may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affects how SILENOR works. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.
What should I avoid while taking SILENOR?
What are the possible side effects of SILENOR?
SILENOR can cause serious side effects including:
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of SILENOR. For more information ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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