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What should I know before taking suvorexant?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

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

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

Because of its potential for abuse with long-term treatment, suvorexant may not be a good option for people who have had a substance use problem.

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

If you are breastfeeding, suvorexant may not be a good option for you. It is not known if this drug can be passed into breast milk.

If you take suvorexant, you should not drink alcohol. 

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