Alex Dimitriu, MD

Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine

Finally, a truly new sleep medication...

The FDA has recently approved a new sleep medication - Suvorexant - which works as a orexin receptor blocker. What is orexin? This is a key switch that keeps us awake, and is low in people with narcolepsy - so temporarily blocking it will put you to sleep. Because orexin is "the master switch" for sleep and wake - your sleep on this medication may be more natural than any other sleep aid on the market. The only issues so far - it may work too long; into the next day - but hopefully this is dose dependent. 


CONDITIONS TREATED: anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and treatment resistant depression.

REGIONS COVERED:  We serve clients of the Bay Area, including the communities of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Mountain View, Portola Valley, Atherton, Sunnyvale, and San Jose