Lunesta

(Eszopiclone)

3.3/ 5 average rating with 592 reviewsforLunesta
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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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Quick facts about Lunesta
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (eszopiclone)

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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People’s experience with Lunesta

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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.
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How it works

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.

Quick facts about Lunesta
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (eszopiclone)

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People’s experience with Lunesta

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

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Unpleasant taste
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach problems
  • Next-day sleepiness
  • Common cold symptoms
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Side effect rates for Lunesta (Eszopiclone)

From 280 clinical trials of Lunesta when taken for elderly insomnia (1mg)
  • Headache
    15%15%
    14%14%
  • Unpleasant Taste
    8%8%
  • Dyspepsia
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Pain
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Diarrhea
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Pruritus
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Dry Mouth
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Abnormal Dreams
    3%3%
  • Neuralgia
    3%3%
  • Urinary Tract Infection
    3%3%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Lunesta.

Lunesta (Eszopiclone)
Placebo

People taking Lunesta felt side effect more

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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.

Pharmacist Q&A

Lunesta (Eszopiclone) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats insomnia.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats insomnia.

Common concerns from people taking Lunesta (Eszopiclone)

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Pregnancy

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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Lunesta
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Alcohol
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Might not be safe if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, depression, lung disease, or a condition that affects metabolism.
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    Reviewed Lunestaon 5/13/2015This 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.
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    Man
    Two years or more
    Insomnia
Sleep
  • 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.
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.