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Lunesta

(Eszopiclone)

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Helps you sleep.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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.

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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.
  • 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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Side effects for Lunesta (Eszopiclone)

From clinical trials of Lunesta / Elderly insomnia (1mg) ( 280)

  • HeadacheHeadache15% for Lunesta vs.14% for placebo
  • Unpleasant tasteUnpleasant taste8% for Lunesta vs.0% for placebo
  • IndigestionIndigestion6% for Lunesta vs.2% for placebo
  • DiarrheaDiarrhea4% for Lunesta vs.2% for placebo
  • PainPain4% for Lunesta vs.2% for placebo
  • ItchingItching4% for Lunesta vs.1% for placebo
  • Urinary tract infectionUrinary tract infection3% for Lunesta vs.0% for placebo
  • Sharp pain from nerve damageSharp pain from nerve damage3% for Lunesta vs.0% for placebo
  • Dry mouthDry mouth3% for Lunesta vs.2% for placebo
  • Abnormal dreamsAbnormal dreams3% for Lunesta vs.0% for placebo

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Accidental injury
  • Nervousness

What to expect when you take Lunesta (Eszopiclone) for Insomnia

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Lunesta (Eszopiclone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Continuous use for 2 weeks or more

    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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Lunesta (Eszopiclone)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Might not be safe if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, depression, lung disease, or a condition that affects metabolism.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Lunesta (Eszopiclone) can be disinhibiting (like alcohol) or cause hallucinations. Tell your doctor if you notice any unusual changes in behavior.
Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Works best if taken without food.
Sleep
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Lunesta works best for light sleepers and is ideal for shift workers. It doesn't knock you out so much as it puts you in a deep sleep for about six hours. What I like best about it is I don't feel groggy when I wake up.
    Age: 48
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Insomnia
    Duration taken: Two years or more
  • Really works for the tough nights. When I take a Lunesta, I sleep more soundly and don't wake up as many times a night. Pricey though....
    Taken for: Insomnia
    Duration taken: Two years or more
  • Have been on lunesta almost 2 years now, and take as need do to my varying sleep schedule. It had been working great up until a few months ago and it would have very minimal effect on falling asleep, even after increasing the dosage.
    Age: 25
    Gender: Man
    Taken for: Insomnia