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What is ramelteon?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Ramelteon (Rozerem) is a synthetic form of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. It is FDA-approved to treat people who have difficulty falling asleep, but not frequent or early awakening. It acts quickly to help a person get to sleep, but wears off quickly and isn't helpful for problems staying asleep. It is not habit-forming and does not usually make insomnia worse when people stop taking it. 

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