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What should I know about zaleplon before taking it?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you are over age 65, zaleplon may not be a good option for you.

If you have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a depressive disorder, severe kidney impairment, severe liver impairment, or sleep apnea, zaleplon may not be a good option for you.

Because of its potential for abuse, zaleplon may not be a good option for people who have had a substance use problem.

Zaleplon may not be a good option for women who are or may be pregnant or who are planning pregnancy. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women.

It is not known if zaleplon is safe or effective for children and teens under 18 years of age.

Zaleplon is passed into breast milk and may not be a good option for breastfeeding women.

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