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Sominex Tablets

Sominex Tablets (16 tablets )

Order before 3pm for delivery from Tue. 13 Apr and Wed. 14 Apr.

Buy Sominex Online

If you have been struggling to get a good night's sleep recently, Sominex tablets are an efficient sleeping aid that help you to drop off more quickly and slip into a relaxing deep sleep. 

Sominex is available to buy online from The Independent Pharmacy, without a prescription. All you need to do is to complete our short online consultation so our pharmacy team can make sure Sominex is the best product for you.

Sominex Information

  • Age: 16 years +

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What are Sominex tablets?

Sominex tablets can be taken by adults and children over the age of 16 years for up to 7 days consecutively. They contain the active ingredient promethazine hydrochloride, which is an antihistamine that causes drowsiness.

Sominex is effective as a sleeping aid to help combat short term sleep disturbance caused by changes to your normal routine making it difficult for you to fall asleep and to stay asleep. 

 

What is Sominex used for?

Sominex is a sleep aid that primarily used to induce drowsiness in those that are suffering from short term sleep disturbances or insomnia

Taking Sominex around 20 minutes before you would normally go to bed, can help you to fall asleep more quickly and then stay asleep throughout the night. 

Sominex contains the antihistamine, promethazine, which like other antihistamines also helps to reduce symptoms of mild allergies such as itchy, watery eyes, itchy skin and runny noses.

 

How does Sominex work?

Sominex contains Promethazine, which is an antihistamine which has a sedative effect that causes drowsiness and aids sleep. 

Histamines are the chemicals that are produced by the body in response to something you are allergic to. Promethazine works by blocking histamine receptors in your brain which reduces the impact of an allergic reaction. It is this process that causes your brain and body to relax, making you feel tired and ready to sleep. 

 

Does Sominex work?

To get the most benefit from taking Sominex you should take a tablet around 20 mins before you plan to go to bed or take a tablet up to 1 hour after going to bed if you are unable to fall asleep naturally. 

Sominex normally will take around 30 minutes to start to work and the effects can last up to 12 hours. 

You should only take Sominex for a maximum of 7 days. If you are continuing to be affected by sleeplessness after 7 days or are having repeated episodes you should speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice.

 

Sominex or Nytol

Both Sominex and Nytol use different antihistamines that have a sedative effect to help induce sleep in people that are suffering short term sleep disturbances.

Sominex contains the antihistamine promethazine whereas Nytol contains diphenhydramine. Both products work in the same way and may cause similar side effects. Some individuals may find that one of the products works better for them than the other.

You can buy both Sominex and Nytol online at The Independent Pharmacy, without the need for a prescription. However if you are continuing to have difficulties getting a good night's sleep after a week you should speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice.

 

Is Sominex addictive?

Sominex is unlikely to cause addiction, however it is only recommended that you take Sominex for up to 7 days. Although you are unlikely to become addicted to Sominex, you can become reliant on sleep aids for a good night's sleep. If you are relying on this product to help you sleep after 7 days you must speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice.

 

Sominex and alcohol

You should not drink alcohol when taking Sominex as this significantly increases the likeliness of you experiencing side effects and can boost the severity if they do occur.

 

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*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Sominex dosage

Adults and children over 16:

  • Take 1 tablet, 20 minutes before bedtime.
  • Or take 1 tablet one hour after going to bed if you can't go to sleep naturally.

Only take Sominex for up to 7 days. If you are experiencing disturbances to your sleep after 7 days you must speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice.

Before you take Sominex tablets, please ensure that you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.

Sominex should only be taken orally and should not be taken by anyone under the age of 16 years.

Sominex side effects

The most common side effects people experience include:

  • Feeling tired during the daytime
  • Nightmares
  • Feeling dizzy 
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Sunlight sensitivity

Sominex, like other medication, can cause some people to experience unwanted side effects. For full details on reported side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly. 

If you experience a severe allergic reaction as a result of taking Sominex please go straight to your nearest emergency department.

If you are concerned about side effects or they do not improve once you have stopped taking Sominex you should speak to a pharmacist or doctor as soon as possible. 

Sominex ingredients

Each Sominex tablet contains the active ingredient: promethazine hydrochloride 20mg.

Each tablet also contains: lactose, maize starch, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate.

Please make sure you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before taking Sominex for the full list of ingredients. 

Sominex warnings

Before taking Sominex please ensure that you have read and understood the warnings and precautions detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet

You should not take Sominex, without discussing with a pharmacist or doctor, if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have concussion, lightheadedness, drowsiness, dizziness or a recent head injury.
  • You are currently taking or have taken any other medication within the last two weeks. 
  • You suffer from asthma or any other breathing problems.
  • You have ever experienced seizures.
  • You have concerns regarding your prostate.
  • You have problems with your kidneys, liver, heart or intestines.
  • Pregnancy tests based on urine samples, as they may give false positive or negative results if used when taking this medicine.

 

Sominex in pregnancy & breastfeeding

Taking Sominex at the same time as using urinary based pregnancy tests can cause false negatives or false positives.

You should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Sominex if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and having difficulties sleeping. 

 

Sominex and driving

Sominex causes drowsiness, you should therefore not drive or operate heavy machinery until you are sure that the effects have worn off and you do not feel drowsy. 

 

Sominex overdose

You should not take more than 1 Sominex tablet per night. If you or someone you know have taken too many tablets, you need to contact your nearest emergency department or speak to a doctor straight away.

For more information on recognising signs of an overdose, please read the Patient Information Leaflet.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Sominex Tablets Reviews

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Dr Donald Grant

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Published on: 29-05-2019

Last modified on: 21-10-2020


Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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Scott McDougall

MPharm

Reviewed on: 21-10-2020

Next review date: 21-10-2022


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.


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