Home » Trending Health News » FDA Approves New Sleeping Pill ‘Belsomra’

FDA Approves New Sleeping Pill ‘Belsomra’


You’ve got an important meeting in the morning but you just can’t find a way to get some sleep. Now, a solution may be on the way: according to reports, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new type of sleeping pill that could help insomniacs get a full night’s rest.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that prevents people from falling or staying asleep. Stress, illness, and medications can all cause insomnia. The condition affects many Americans, with the National Sleep Foundation estimating that roughly half of all adults experience insomnia a few nights each week.

Help may be on the way in the form of a new sleeping pill from pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. The firm recently received the FDA’s approval to start selling Belsomra, which temporarily blocks the chemicals that can keep people awake at night. Specifically, Belsomra targets orexins, which control the sleep cycle and have been known to keep people from falling asleep. The medication will be available in four different strengths.

Tests have shown that people taking Belsomra fell asleep 17 to 23 minutes faster than people taking a placebo. Those patients taking Belsomra also remained asleep for between 11 to 23 minutes longer each night.

However, like other sleep medications Belsomra does have side effects. For example, those taking the maximum dosage, 20 milligrams, experienced drowsiness the following morning and had trouble reaching full alertness.

It’s expected Belsomra will be on store shelves in late 2014 or early 2015.

ADVERTISEMENT

We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat

  • 7 Updated Facts about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis in medical circles) has debilitating effects on sufferers, of which there are an estimated 2-million Americans.
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Scientific Facts about Early Birds versus Night Owls
    Why is it that some people seem to be able to stay up past 11 p.m. like night doesn't exist, while others are yawning at 9:30 p.m.?
    Trending Health News
  • Study Explores Cost of Losing Just 30 Minutes Sleep Each Night
    We all know that getting enough sleep is an important part of staying healthy. Now, a new study shows that losing just a half hour of sleep each night can lead to weight gain and...
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Common Causes of Night Sweats
    Waking up flushed and covered in perspiration can occur after a particularly disturbing nightmare, sure, but several external can also result in excess sweating throughout the...
    Trending Health News
  • 10 Little Known Facts About Yawning
    Have you ever wondered why you can’t resist a yawn when you see someone else yawn first?
    Trending Health News
  • Sleep Disorder Could Signal Onset of Serious Brain Disease
    Canadian health researchers say that a particular kind of sleep disorder could be a sign of brain disease and the onset of Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
    Trending Health News
  • 10 Tips to Help You Rise and Shine...Earlier
    Not many of us awake in the morning bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to tackle the day ahead.
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Spring Season Sleep Tips
    When we spring forward with our clocks—oftentimes our sleep schedules are uprooted. As we adjust to the new season, springtime has it’s own set of sleep disruptions, such as...
    Trending Health News
  • Boo! New Study Reveals the Stuff of Nightmares
    The Université de Montréal recently carried out one of the most in-depth studies of nightmares ever recorded.
    Trending Health News
  • The 7 Dangerous Effects of Lack of Sleep!
    Are you one of those people who try to operate on as little sleep as possible? You’re not alone; most of us suffer from bouts of sleep deprivation.
    Trending Health News
  • 10 Foods to Help You Sleep Through the Night
    Getting a good night sleep is a difficult task for many adults. Some people have a hard time falling asleep, some have a hard time staying asleep and some people have a hard time...
    Trending Health News
  • 10 Bedtime Habits Ruining Your Restful Sleep
    Chronic pain, computer usage, snacking late into the evening...all of these factors are bound to keep you up at night!
    Trending Health News
  • The 9 Health Benefits That Occur During Sleep
    Did you know that most humans spend approximately one-third of their time sleeping? I know, with so much to do it hardly seems productive to devote that many hours to slumber.
    Trending Health News
  • Are These Foods Keeping you Awake At Night?
    Are you having issues with getting a good night’s sleep? If you’re struggling with getting a decent amount of zzzzs, you’re not alone. Roughly 70 million U.S.
    Trending Health News
  • 10 Common Medical Causes of Night Sweats
    Night sweats are a very common occurrence. Sweating during sleep refers to any type of excess sweating that makes you rise clammy and covered in perspiration.
    Trending Health News