Sonata Withdrawal

Zaleplon, better known by its brand name Sonata is a sedative-hypnotic drug used to treat sleeping disorders such as insomnia. It is considered a great drug while used short term; however, things can turn negative if the person abuses the drug for an extended length of time.

The drug has a short half-life, so it’s not recommended for anyone who finds it easy to wake up in the middle of the night

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It is aimed for people who have a hard time falling asleep but can maintain a regular sleeping cycle. If used any other way, it can lead to serious physical and psychological complications.

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What Are The Withdrawal Symptoms?

During the withdrawal phase, many symptoms can ensue in the person’s body. This occurs when he or she becomes dependent on Sonata for an extended period of time.  The cause for these symptoms is usually when the person has begun to abuse the drug in ways that it was not initially intended to be used. When someone quits cold turkey, a series of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms begin.

Some of these symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Seizures
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Negative and Suicidal Thoughts
  • Mood swings
  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting

These symptoms are some of the hardest in which to deal. The psychological effects are some of the most egregious and difficult to bear. This is why many people cannot stand feeling this way or dealing with the consequences of quitting.

It is very easy to go back and relapse at this point. Relapse is fairly common among people who quit substance abuse on their own, without any proper medical care or supervision. Although the intention of quitting is courageous, doing it alone without a medical plan, rarely results in a  favorable outcome.


What Are the Stages in the Sonata Withdrawal Timeline?

In order to determine a specific timeline for Sonata withdrawal,  there are a series of factors to take into consideration. The first one is how much of the drug has the person been taking and the second is, for how long. These factors will help determine the intensity of symptoms and how fast they will begin to be felt. It is also valuable in determining how long the person will experience these effects.

An example of a person who has been abusing Sonata for a month or two will not have the same results or at least the same intensity as a person who has been abusing Sonata for at least 1 year.

Sleeping pills taken over an extended amount of time can become dependent on them as the body and mind become tolerant.

Below is a typical timeline for Sonata withdrawal.


Usually, within the first 12 hours of the first day, the person will begin to notice certain symptoms such as shakiness, sweating, and later on will experience symptoms of insomnia. At this stage of withdrawal, the patient will begin to realize how dependent they truly were with Sonata.


As the hours and days go by, the withdrawal symptoms begin to increase in intensity. It is usually during the first week that the patient will begin to consider relapsing and returning to the drug in order to alleviate strong withdrawal symptoms. Relapse is possible.

During the first week and a half, the symptoms of insomnia, irritability,  mood disorders, and nausea are common.

The patient can feel anxiety, panic attacks, hecticness, and depression.  The experimentation of other substances such as marijuana, alcohol, and opioids may occur.  This can be dangerous for the person since they are now mixing some different substances and each has different withdrawal symptoms.


After the first three weeks to a month, some of these symptoms will now be milder and less severe compared to the first two weeks.

However, those who have been abusing Sonata for an extended period will continue to experience psychological symptoms, mostly sadness, tiredness, insomnia, and depression.

Quitting cold turkey is never the best option. People should not deal with withdrawal alone. While it may seem like the easiest and most immediate way of ending drug addiction, it has already bonded with the mind and with the receptors in the brain.  Quitting will only drive the brain crazy and cause these severe symptoms in the mind and body to persist non-stop for some time.

The only way to completely eliminate the toxins and the addiction out of your lifestyle is by going through proper medical detox.

Why Should I Detox?

The struggle through withdrawal can seem inmposible and may result in relapse.  Medical detoxification is a safe approach for anyone who wants to end the addiction and more importantly anyone who wants to prevent future relapse.

Medical detox is the first step in a recovery treatment program, which helps the body eliminate toxins from specific drugs, in this case, Sonata. People have considered detox unnecessary or frightening even, due to the nature of the treatment. However, this is far from the truth. Long term effects of chronic drug abuse make it extremely hard for anyone to stop without medication.

Detoxification helps people ease through the process of the withdrawal phase. A series of supervised medical treatments work to ease through the symptoms. A doctor prescribes the balance of medication only he or she can administer to the patient. Detox is not an easy phase to go through but it is miles better than dealing with withdrawal symptoms on your own.

What is the Next Treatment Step?

Even though detox is the most important part of the rehabilitation process, it is only the beginning. This doesn’t mean, however, that the process will be ongoing for the rest of your life or that it will be unbearable. Today’s medicine has provided many breakthroughs and many resources for people who are battling addiction.

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Programs offered by various institutes that treat addiction abuse have become a reliable way of treating severe cases. The two most common programs that many institutes offer apart from regular addiction therapy are outpatient programs and residential programs. Residential programs are typically for those people who have been suffering from chronic long-term substance abuse. These cases of addiction are so strong that people seek to reside in the facility’s installations where they will acquire medical treatment 24/7 for a period of time.

For those who have less severe but equally problematic addiction problems, they may seek outpatient programs. These programs are great because they allow the person to live their normal day-to-day lives while regularly checking in for treatment. They are one of the most popular programs out there and only a few facilities offer great service with years of experience.

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If you’re someone who is battling Sonata addiction or you know somebody close to you that is dealing with this, now is the time to call and ask for help. Maryland House Detox is a great place to start your journey to recovery.

By calling 855-969-8748 you will be treated with qualified representatives that will give you all the information that you need and clear out any doubts, misconceptions, or issues you may have plus, they are available 24/7. You can also check out our website or contact us directly.