Lunesta (Eszopiclone)

Last updated: March 26, 2019

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Lunesta is one of the most popular sleep-inducing sedatives available today. It helps users get the sleep that they need. Its effectiveness made this drug a popular sleeping pill. However, before you consider taking Lunesta as a sleep aid, you need to equip yourself with information that can help you ensure your safety while taking the drug.

What is Lunesta?

Lunesta is a brand name for Eszopiclone. There are currently 3 primary drugs used to treat insomnia, and one of these is Eszopiclone. It belongs to a popular group of drugs called the Z-drugs. It is used to treat moderate to severe insomnia.

Lunesta is a nonbenzodiazepine agent. It is a pyrrolopyrazine derivative of the cyclopyrrolone class.

When taken by a patient, it can help a patient sleep faster. It can also help a patient stay asleep longer. Lunesta also works by helping decrease the number of times that a patient wakes up during the night. If you’ve experienced waking up in the middle of the night, then you know how difficult it can be to go back to sleep. It also takes away that restful feeling that you get when you’re able to get uninterrupted sleep. When you keep waking up at night, it doesn’t feel like you got any sleep at all. Your body doesn’t feel rested and you feel lousy the next day.

What is the best dosage for Lunesta?

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For healthy adults, the starting dosage is 1 mg. It can be raised to 2 mg or 3 mg depending on the assessment of the attending physician. However, the total dose of Lunesta should not exceed 3 mg. Lunesta is taken once daily immediately before a patient goes to bed.

For elderly patients or adults whose bodies are weak, the total daily dose of Lunesta should not exceed more than 2 mg per day. This is the same dose for patients who suffer from a severe hepatic impairment or those whose livers are no longer functioning properly.

You might be asking why the starting dosage is too low. This is for the safety of patients. The low starting dosage minimizes the risk of a patient safely performing daily tasks the following day. If your physician prescribes the maximum dose for you, you should stay at home the next day. This will let you gauge your mental alertness within the safety of your home. Some patients may think that they are fully alert even when they are not. Staying at home will minimize the chance of accidents that can hurt you or put others in harm’s way.

What side effects should I expect from Lunesta?

Taking Lunesta can cause some side effects. These are normal but you should immediately tell your doctor if the side effects you’re experiencing become severe. Some of the more common side effects of Lunesta include:

  • Headaches
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Daytime sleepiness

Aside from the common side effects listed above, Lunesta can cause some serious side effects. Unlike with common side effects, you should immediately stop taking Lunesta and call your physician if you experience any of these:

  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Swelling of the eyes, face, tongue, lips, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, lower legs

What else should I know before taking Lunesta?

Lunesta is a potent drug. If you don’t have time for a full night’s sleep, do not take a dose. You should prepare for at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep after taking Lunesta. Waking up before completing the 7 to 8 hours of sleep may lead to memory loss. There is also the possibility of not being fully alert the following day. Never take Lunesta if you’re just planning to take a nap.

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Lunesta may cause withdrawal reactions. This is more likely for patients who used Lunesta regularly for a long time or for those who used the drug in high dosages. Withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, nervousness, or flushing. You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using the medication. Gradually reducing your dosage can help you avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Is Lunesta addictive?

Lunesta is a sedative-hypnotic drug. This is clearly stated in the Lunesta manufacturer’s medication drug. The manufacturer also states that Lunesta is a federally controlled substance. This means that Lunesta is prone to abuse. Using Lunesta can also lead to dependence.

Addiction to Lunesta can stem from the use of the medication during waking hours. Some patients continue taking Lunesta even after their prescription has expired. If a person is addicted to Lunesta, the said person may repeatedly put off quitting Lunesta. Some may start increasing their dosage without consulting their physician.

When a patient is addicted to Lunesta, a patient may crave the drug and use it to get high. Some may even mix Lunesta with other drugs in order to increase its sedative effects. They may feel that the quality of their lives will decrease if they don’t take Lunesta.

Lunesta is an effective drug and can help those who suffer from insomnia. However, there are side effects that should be taken into consideration. This drug is also open for abuse. Strictly follow the instructions set by your physician if you decide to take Lunesta. This way, you can take advantage of its benefits without having to worry about its adverse effects.

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