Answer to:  How do I shut my Brain OFF

Dennis B. Kottler, MD

Westlake Village, CA

Appointments:   818-991-8376 


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BELSOMRA is a new and novel medication for the treatment of Sleep Disorder.  It is effective in helping people fall asleep as well as in maintaining sleep.  It is the answer to the question:  How do I shut my brain OFF.  This is literally the chemical "switch."

Unlike other sleep medications, which are sedative/hypnotics, BELSOMRA works by a completely different mechanism.   It effectively blocks the action of OREXINS, naturally occurring neurotransmitters, which perpetutate the awake state, to the detriment of sleep.


Some key advantages of BELSOMRA include:

1 -  A novel type of sleep medication that is not a benzodiazepine.

2 -  Has been extensively tested and proven highly effective for both sleep initiation and maintenance.

4 -  Flexible dosing available to accommodate individual patient needs.

3   Safe in the elderly.


As with all medications there are potential side effects and other medical considerations to be evaluated prior to and during medication treatment.  It is essential to consult with a psychiatrist, or other physician, knowledgeable about Sleep Disorder and related medical and psychiatric conditions.

BELSOMRA is marketed in the US by Merck. 

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Appointments:   818-991-8376