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Lunesta

(Eszopiclone)

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Helps you sleep.

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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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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.

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

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Side effect rates for Lunesta (Eszopiclone)

280 From clinical trials of Lunesta / Elderly insomnia (1mg)
  • Headache
  • Unpleasant taste
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Sharp pain from nerve damage
  • Dry mouth
  • Abnormal dreams

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.

Common concerns from people taking Lunesta (Eszopiclone)

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Pregnancy
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.
Food
  • This is a monster breakthrough for insomniacs. Based on an earlier European drug, it is one of the very few, perhaps the only, good drugs for insomnia. The difference between no sleep and moderate sleep is a vast life improvement to me.
Sleep
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
  • 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.