Sominex is an antihistamine that also produces a sedative effect. It is mainly composed of promethazine hydrochloride. This treatment can be found in doses of 20mg, in the form of tablets.
How It Works
Histamine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for wakefulness. When histamine is activated, an individual feels quite energetic and is unable to fall asleep. Sominex contains an antihistamine, which counteracts the effect of the histamine. Promethazine, in particular, is quite adept at crossing the blood-brain barrier. As such, it effects the histamine receptors present in the brain. This creates the feeling of drowsiness and can lead to sleep, especially non-REM sleep.
Sominex can be used as a sleep aid for individuals who are finding it difficult to fall asleep at night. It is used to help overcome temporary bouts of sleeplessness. In particular, this treatment is used for individuals who are undergoing provisional insomnia due to certain issues such as lifestyle changes or stress.
Prior to taking Sominex, patients must first get the approval of a doctor. Only after a consultation should an individual begin taking Sominex. It is vital that you follow the prescription that has been provided to you by your physician. You should not consume Sominex in amounts that are less or greater than what has been advised by your doctor. If you wish to change these amounts, you will acquire prior approval by your physician.
Adults who are taking Sominex to induce sleep should between 25mg and 50mg, when wishing to sleep at night.
It is typically advised that only those who are above the age of 16 take Sominex to overcome their sleep problems.
Sominex should not be taken for an extended period of time. According to experts, it should not be consumed continuously for a duration that is longer than 7 days.
Sominex is an approved form of treatment for a lack of sleep. Nonetheless, it is still possible for certain adverse reactions to also present themselves during the course of the treatment. Here is what you can expect:
Drowsiness that lasts up to 12 hours
Feeling of restlessness
Lack of coordination with movements
Discomfort in the upper abdomen
If you find that these symptoms do not disappear after a while, you should seek medical attention. You should also notify your physician about any other effects that you may be experiencing.
Sominex should not be taken by anyone who is allergic to any of the ingredients found in this medication.
Do not drink alcohol while you are also taking Sominex.
Sominex can result in continued disorientation or lack of coordination. As such, you should not drive or handle heavy machinery if you are experiencing these issues.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with the following conditions should speak with a doctor before consuming Sominex:
Kidney problems or liver damage
Asthma, bronchitis, breathing conditions, or lung problems
Health conditions related to your bladder
Surgical changes to the digestive system
Sominex is not meant for those under the age of 16, unless it has been approved by a physician.
If you are pregnant, you should speak with a doctor before taking Sominex. The ingredients in Sominex can be passed through breast milk.
Older individuals may experience increased issues while taking Sominex.