Unisom belongs to the family of medications that are known as antihistamines. The main, active constituent of Unisom is doxylamine.
Unisom is typically used to treat individuals who are experiencing difficulties with falling asleep. This sleep medication works by depressing certain neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. The two main neurotransmitters that are targeted are histamine and acetylcholine. It is thought that the acetylcholine plays a role in regulating the sleep patterns of the body. It is also expected to be responsible for wakefulness. When the actions of these two neurotransmitters are inhibited, the body experiences a feeling of drowsiness. Unisom also helps individuals to fall asleep faster and with greater ease.
There may be other uses for this sleep medication. Contact a healthcare attendant to discover if Unisom has any other benefits.
There can be many unpleasant reactions if the prescription provided by a medical expert is not adhered to. Unisom should be taken in the amounts that has been suggested to you by a doctor.
Unisom is to be consumed via mouth.
For individuals who are of the age 12 and older, the dosage that is typically recommended is 25 mg of Unisom. This dose should be taken a half an hour before going to sleep.
This sleep aid should only be taken once a day. Do not consume more than one dose of Unisom at the same time.
If you have accidentally taken a larger amount of Unisom than intended, you should contact a nearby medical facility. You may be in danger of an overdose.
When taking Unisom, there may be some unintended adverse effects that may be experienced. This is a list of the more side effects that may appear when consuming Unisom:
Inability to complete bowel movements
Problems with digestion
Problems with vision
Inability to coordinate movements
Dryness experienced in throat, mouth, or nasal cavity
There are also certain dangerous adverse reactions that may take place when taking Unisom:
Unusual bruising on body
You should contact a medical expert in the event that you experience any of these side effects while under the influence of Unisom.
It is uncertain if Unisom can cause any birth defects among fetuses. If you are pregnant and have been prescribed Unisom, talk to a healthcare expert about the negative effects it may have.
It has been found that this sleep aid can be transferred to infants through breast milk. It is important to refrain from using this sleep aid if you are breastfeeding your child.
Do not take Unisom if you know that you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this medication.
There are certain drugs that may cause unintended effects when taken together. If you are using Unisom, you should not be taking sodium oxybate. There should also be at least a two week interval between taking either a MAO inhibitor or furazolidone and Unisom.
The consumption of alcohol while on Unisom can lead to an increase in side effects such as drowsiness.