Zopiclone

Generic Name: Lunesta
Brand Name: Zopiclone

What is Zopiclone?

Zopiclone is one of the best sleeping aid medication that doctors use to treat a certain type of sleep issues (Insomnia). It helps you in falling asleep faster, stay asleep for a longer period, and lessen how often you wake up in the nights in order to provide you a night of better sleep in the nights. It is the medication that belongs to the class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. Zopiclone works on the brain to provide a calm effect. This medication is normally used for shirt tern sleep problem treatment (1 to 2 weeks or less). If you didn’t get the results from this medication then talk to your doctor for other solutions.


How to use Zopiclone?


First of all, read the medication guide properly provides by the doctor or pharmacist before using this medication, and when you have to refill your medication. If you have any questions or queries regarding this medication then you can contact your doctor or medical professional.

Take this medicine through the mouth at the time just before going to the bed for better results. If you have taken some high-fat food or heavy meal, then do not take this medication because it will not work well after that. The dosage of the medication will depend on the medical condition of the patient, age, gender, liver function, other medications, and the most important is the response to the treatment. Do not take this medication more than prescribed by the doctor or pharmacist as this may cause some serious side effects. The starting dose of this medication is 1 milligram before going to the bed. That dosage reduces the risk of accidents the next day you will perform that needs alertness or concentration. It may happen that you will feel you are okay to do activities that need alertness but you may not be fully alert. You should not perform the activities the next day that needs alertness or concentration in case you are prescribed 3 milligrams of dosage. For more details on this best anti sleeping aid then contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Patients who are older adults or have the liver disease will be prescribed a low dose to reduce the risk of being impaired the next day. Don’t increase, reduce, or add dosage or other medication without consulting your doctor or pharmacist otherwise you may meet the side effects.


Zopiclone side effects


There are some side effects that may hit while using this medication, it includes-

  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Unpleasant taste
  • Difficulty with coordination

If you feel any of this effect or see going it worsens then immediately contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The risk of dizziness can be reduced easily, what you have to do is-get up slowly while standing up from the sitting or lying position.

Using this medication may have chances that you will feel sleepy during day time. If you feel daytime drowsiness then talk to your doctor. There are chances that your dose needs to be adjusted.

Most of the people who have used this medication as per the prescription of the doctor or pharmacist didn’t get any side effects. The main thing that you have to take care of is that don’t get off the track that your doctor told you.

Serious side effects include

  • Memory loss
  • Behavioural changes
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressive behaviour

If you notice any of these side effects, tell your doctor right away.

Chances of allergic reaction from this medication are very less but keep your doctor informed if you notice any of these- rashes, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, breathing problem.


Precautions while using Zopiclone


Tell your medical professional about the allergic reaction you have from this medication or other medicine. This medication may contain some inactive ingredients that may cause some allergic reactions. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you feel any allergies while using this medication.

It is important to tell your doctor about your medical history before adding this medication to your schedule. The medical history may include liver disease, kidney disease, the problem in breathing, depression, and history of substance use of disorder such as overuse or addiction of drug or alcohol, muscle disease, or history of walk-in sleep.

You will feel the effect of this medication when you will wake up the next morning. Using alcohol or marijuana while using this medication may make you sleepier. Do not perform any activity that needs alertness such as driving, wait for at least 8 hours after taking this medication. If you are addicted to marijuana or alcohol, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about it because it may harm you or can reduce the effect of medication and increase the chances of side effects.


Drug interaction with the Zopiclone


Drug interaction mostly changes the effect of the medication you are taking and may increase the chances of side effects. While going to the doctor, keep all the medicines and other medical products whether they are prescribed or non-prescribed in your mind. Share this information with your medical professional. Do not change, start, or stop this medication without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.

Sodium oxybate is a product that may interact with this medication and reduce the effect of the drug.

Tell your doctor about the medicines or products you are using that may cause drowsiness. Products may include opioid pain or medicine for cough reliever, alcohol, marijuana, any other drug for sleep, muscle relaxants, or antihistamines. Avoid using medication that contains zopiclone while using zopiclone, the best medicine for sleeping problems.


Zopiclone overdose


If you get overdosed and meet some serious symptoms like passing out or problem in breathing then contact the health emergency support as soon as possible. You can also call the poison control center immediately if needed; they will visit you in no time and help in making the situation under control. Symptoms of overdose include slow breathing, deep sleep that doesn’t allow you to awake for a longer time.

After an age, you will notice in changing your sleeping pattern and this is normal. You can consult the doctor to get ways to improve sleep without using the medication.