Compare Lunesta vs. Rozerem

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Lunesta
(Eszopiclone)

Rozerem
(Ramelteon)

Helps you sleep. Lunesta (Eszopiclone) is good for falling asleep and staying asleep. Not as habit-forming as some sleep medicines, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Lunesta (Eszopiclone)
54%
of people say Lunesta (Eszopiclone) is worth it
35%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle

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Side effects
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  • Unpleasant taste 31%
  • Headache 8%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Infection 7%
  • Dry mouth 4%
  • Indigestion 4%
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Pain 3%
  • Rash 3%
  • Itching 3%
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How it works
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Lunesta (Eszopiclone) is in a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it interacts with your brain to make you relaxed and sleepy.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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SedativePrescription only
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Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Insomnia
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Continuous use for 2 weeks or more
  • Alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Less than 7 hours of sleep.
  • Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
  • Taking with alcohol or drugs that acts in the brain
    • Elderly
    • Higher dose
    • Liver problems
    • Taking Lunesta (Eszopiclone) with other nervous system depressants
    • Long-term use
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Breast-feeding
    Detailed Lunesta (Eszopiclone) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy category
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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    • Might not be safe if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, depression, lung disease, or a condition that affects metabolism.
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
    • Lunesta (Eszopiclone) can be disinhibiting (like alcohol) or cause hallucinations. Tell your doctor if you notice any unusual changes in behavior.
    No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    • Works best if taken without food.
    No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    • It's easy to become reliant on sleep medicines. In the long run, it's better to learn good sleeping habits and behavior so that you can sleep better naturally.
    • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
    • Not as habit-forming, so you can use it for longer than most other sleep medicines.
    • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
    • Can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
    • Can cause sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating.
    • All prescription sleep-aid medicines like Lunesta (Eszopiclone) have a risk of physical dependence. Dependence means that you'll feel withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the medication all at once. Talk to your doctor about natural ways to improve sleep or treat underlying conditions that prevent sleep.
    • Lunesta (Eszopiclone) increases your risk of performing potentially dangerous activities while asleep, such as sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating. Talk to your doctor immediately about stopping Lunesta (Eszopiclone) if any sleep-related activities occur.
    • Lunesta (Eszopiclone) make you feel drowsy and sleepy, leading to falls and severe injuries. This is especially a risk if your older. Falls from sleep medicines like Lunesta (Eszopiclone) have caused severe injuries such as hip fractures and head injury. You may need a lower dose if you're taking other medicine that affects your nervous system or have issues with falls in the past. Check with your doctor first.
    No specific sleep-related info.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
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    • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
    • Not as habit-forming, so you can use it for longer than most other sleep medicines.
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    Downsides and risks
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    • More likely to cause withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it suddenly.
    • Might not be safe if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, depression, lung disease, or a condition that affects metabolism.
    • It's easy to become reliant on sleep medicines. In the long run, it's better to learn good sleeping habits and behavior so that you can sleep better naturally.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • Take 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime.
    • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
    • Very addictive. Meant for short-term treatment. Dependence can form after daily use for 2 weeks.
    • Can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
    • Can cause sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating.
    • Works best if taken without food.
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
    • Withdrawal symptoms usually resolve in 1 to 2 nights.
    • Report any confusion or changes in thoughts or behavior.
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