Lunesta (Eszopiclone) is a sedative medication. It affects chemicals in human brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia).
Lunesta (Eszopiclone) is used to treat insomnia: it causes relaxation to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Eszopiclone may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.
Dosage In Adults:
The recommended starting dose is 1 mg. Dosing can be raised to 2 mg or 3 mg if clinically indicated. In some patients, the higher morning blood levels of LUNESTA following use of the 2 mg or 3 mg dose increase the risk of next day impairment of driving and other activities that require full alertness. The total dose of LUNESTA should not exceed 3 mg, once daily immediately before bedtime.
Geriatric Or Debilitated Patients:
The total dose of LUNESTA should not exceed 2 mg in elderly or debilitated patients.
Patients With Severe Hepatic Impairment:
In patients with severe hepatic impairment the total dose of LUNESTA should not exceed 2 mg.
Use With CNS Depressants:
Dosage adjustments may be necessary when LUNESTA is combined with other CNS depressant drugs because of the potentially additive effects.
Administration With Food:
Taking LUNESTA with or immediately after a heavy, high-fat meal results in slower absorption and would be expected to reduce the effect of LUNESTA on sleep latency
Eszopiclone may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking eszopiclone and get emergency medical help if you have any of thesesigns of an allergic reaction:
- difficulty breathing;
- swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using eszopiclone and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- aggression, agitation, changes in behavior;
- thoughts of hurting yourself; or
- hallucinations (hearing or seeing things).
Less serious side effects may include:
- day-time drowsiness, dizziness, "hangover" feeling;
- problems with memory or concentration;
- anxiety, depression, nervous feeling;
- nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, constipation;
- dry mouth;
- unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth; or
- mild skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.
Eszopiclone will make you fall asleep. Never take this medication during your normal waking hours, unless you have at least 8 hours to dedicate to sleeping.
Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, or making phone calls and later having no memory of the activity.
If this happens to you, stop taking eszopiclone and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder.
Eszopiclone can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. You may still feel sleepy the morning after taking the medication. Until you know how this medication will affect you during waking hours, be careful if you drive, operate machinery, pilot an airplane, or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking eszopiclone. It can increase some of the side effects of eszopiclone, including drowsiness.
Eszopiclone may be habit-forming andshould be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Eszopiclone should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking eszopiclone after taking it over several days in a row.
Do not stop taking eszopiclone suddenlywithout first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.