When and How Do I Take Sonata?

Some general considerations for when and how to take the medication include:
  • It comes in capsule form and is taken immediately before bedtime.
  • It is recommended that you take your dose with a glass of water, not right after a meal and not with food. Taking Sonata with food may make it less effective.
  • Sonata works very quickly; make sure that you are ready for sleep before taking it. Do not take it before driving or performing any tasks that require concentration.
  • For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.


The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Sonata Dosing for more information about this topic.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects. However, not everyone who takes Sonata will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medicine well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
The most common side effects with Sonata include:
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness.
(Click Sonata Side Effects to learn more about the specific side effects of the drug, including serious side effects to look out for.)
You can also read about other possible side effects by clicking on the following eMedTV links:

Sonata Drug Info

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