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 1  Chronic Insomnia My main side effect was that I couldn't find the words I needed to use in conversation. For example, I would want to say that clothes were in the washer, but I would say, "The clothes are........... you know........ in the other room..........." and I just couldn't think of that other word!! And others were left to guess what I was trying to say. I thought I'd had a mini-stroke!!! After I stopped the Belsomra it eventually got better, but I never made the connection between the med and the side effect until months later when I forgot to pick up my Dayvigo rx, took a Belsomra again, and couldn't speak. Other than the side effect, Belsomra just isn't a great drug for insomnia. Most of the nights I barely slept. I would fall asleep but it wasn't a deep sleep and I would keep waking up all night. F 66 2 months
10-20mg 1X D
 2  Insomnia I really did not get any side effects from this drug. I felt a little tingling in my head when I was almost asleep (thinking something was working to make me doze on off) but nothing happened. Got tired of waiting and took some Vick's Nyquill around 5 am and finally dozed on off. I had high hopes for this sleep aid but it was really a let down. I've had way better sleeping days with 100mg of trazodone, 0.5 clonazepam and 10mg of melatonin. I've even slept better weaning with half a pill as well. This was an over hyped expensive sugar pill in my opinion...I'll stick with what's been working and continue to wean from it. M 43 1 days
20MG 1X D
 1  Easily woken up during the night Upon waking up horrible dizzy spell, room spinning, drenched in sweat, nauseated I had split the pill. Will not take again. F 53 1 days
5mg 1X D
 1  Insomnia chronic It just didn't work for me. First day my body was numb and brain completely awake. 2nd day nothing happened awake whole night. Day time feeling very bad . M 30 2 days
20 mg 1X D
 4  Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome None My doc likes this med because he thinks it gives a more natural and deep sleep. It works only if combined with really rigid compliance to a sleep routine and light therapy and even then not all the time, which is really frustrating. I do feel better and more rested though than when using meds that work by basically just knocking me out to make me sleep. It's expensive and insurance hates to cover it, so that's annoying too. F 34 3 years
20 mg 1X D
 1  Sleep Nightmares, didnít sleep, extremely very bad headaches and pain. M 57 4 days
 4  Insomnia I am in recovery having had taken Klonopin (a benzodiazepine) for 15 years, at a very high dose of 8-12mg a day for anxiety. I was prescribed Belsomra to help not only fall asleep, but to stay asleep. To help negate the nightmares/night terrors/vivid dreams you can add 3-5 mg of melatonin, as I have found this to be of great help. Because this drug is considered more ďbenignĒ in the Lunesta/Sonata/Ambien world, it can be taken for a longer period of time, yet one must also be patient, for it does take a longer time to work. For those of you who are transitioning from temazepam/trazodone/restoril or any of the benzos, duh (!) donít expect an overnight fix! Give it more time, itís taken me 2 months for me to get a good dosage down. Because who wants to wake up groggy, or keep waking up and not be able to get back to sleep? Key: Work with your doctor or health professional on this and BE PATIENT;) because itís a drug easily discarded if not willing to give it a chance. Iím not advocating nor trying to deny the drug. There is no one Ďmagic pillí out there to give perfect results. But coming from a former lifetime dependent benzodiazepine user, this stuff can generate results out there that do come pretty close. F 43 3 months
 1  Insomnia (chronic) I wanted to try an alternative to Temazapam, which I had taken very successfully on and off for 10 years. I only took Belsomra for One (1) day! It didn't work at all , and has left me several days later with the worst dry mouth I've ever had - hardly any saliva produced and oral discomfort. Once was enough for me. The remaining tablets are going into the john! Oh yeah, my eyesight was a bit blurred and my 'brain cell' was a bit foggy too (could have been from lack of sleep though). I do not recommend this drug at all. It didn't work at all for me, and side effects are awful. F 65 1 days
15 1X D
 1  Insomnia Night terrors and sleep paralysis. I will NEVER take this again. Temazepam stopped working so my Dr decided to switch me to Belsomra. Night one sucked but I decided that it might have been a fluke so I took it night two. TERRIBLE IDEA. Called my Dr the first thing this morning to tell him I will not take this and to switch me. Thank goodness I only bought three pills considering how awful it is. Heads up. Most insurance companies don't cover it, so it's expensive. Also, after talking to the nurse and pharmacist about the horrible side effects, BOTH said that they've heard that from many many people. Skip this. Not worth it AT ALL. F 29 2 days
 3  Insomnia I've tried everything, and this is not my favorite. At 20 MG I was extremely drowsy but still unable to sleep. I experienced "sleep paralysis" which I can only describe as staring at a wall, except your eyes are closed and you snap out of it several times and wonder why youre not asleep since you're so tired. Very strange feeling. As if you're in a trance. I found that going from 20 MG to 30 MG did the trick and I was able to get some sleep, but this is a very strange drug. If you can't sleep because of anxiety, this gives you an unsettling feeling when you wake up. Not a warm fuzzy relaxing sleep. I think Restoril is much better than any other sleep aid I've tried. F 47 2 days
20 MG
 4  Insomnia I tried taking a lower dose but find 20 seems like it works best - the side effects are morning fatigue- take it as early as you can- try to catch it as it makes you sleepy- if I keep reading my book...doesn't work as well- it's not a knock out drug, but it really works. It works for several days in a row for me then I need a night or two off from it. Then it works again- I'll take it because nothing else has as few side effects & puts me to sleep & back to sleep as wel! :) ! Great so far, it is $ so get a high dose and break it in half F 52 5 months
 3  Insomnia F 51 1 days
15 mg

BELSOMRA  (SUVOREXANT):  This medication is used to treat a certain sleep problem (insomnia). It may help you fall asleep and stay asleep longer, so you can get a better night's rest. Suvorexant belongs to a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. If your insomnia continues for longer than 7 to 10 days after starting treatment, talk to your doctor to see if you need other treatment.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)