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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 45-48

Ramelteon: A melatonin receptor agonist for the treatment of insomnia


Department of Pharmacology, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India

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V Devi
Department of Pharmacology, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0022-3859.39193

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Ramelteon is a novel MT1 and MT2 melatonin receptor selective agonist recently approved for the treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulty in sleep onset. It is a nonscheduled drug since it lacks the potential for abuse and does not interact with neurotransmitter receptors most associated with these phenomena. Although the effects of ramelteon use >5 weeks are unknown, the available data confirms its safety and efficacy for short-term use. Clinical use and future research should uncover more information about ramelteon's properties.






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