Brand Names: Lunesta
Generic Name: eszopiclone
- What is eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
- What are the possible side effects of eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
- What is the most important information I should know about eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
- How should I take eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Lunesta)?
- What happens if I overdose (Lunesta)?
- What should I avoid while taking eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
- What other drugs will affect eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
- Where can I get more information (Lunesta)?
What is eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
Eszopiclone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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What are the possible side effects of eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
Eszopiclone may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking eszopiclone and get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; nausea, vomiting; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- anxiety, depression, aggression, agitation;
- memory problems, unusual thoughts or behavior;
- thoughts of hurting yourself; or
- confusion, hallucinations (hearing or seeing things).
Common side effects may include:
- day-time drowsiness, dizziness, "hangover" feeling;
- unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth; or
- cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
Eszopiclone will make you fall asleep. Never take this medicine during your normal waking hours, unless you have at least 7 to 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.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to eszopiclone.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- liver disease;
- a breathing disorder;
- depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts; or
- drug or alcohol addiction.
The sedative effects of eszopiclone may be stronger in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take sedatives. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking eszopiclone.
How should I take eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Eszopiclone is for short-term use only.
Eszopiclone may be habit-forming. Misuse can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
Take eszopiclone only if you are able to get a full night's sleep before you must be active again. Never take this medicine during your normal waking hours, unless you have at least 7 to 8 hours to dedicate to sleeping.
Avoid taking eszopiclone during travel, such as to sleep on an airplane. You may be awakened before the effects of the medication have worn off. Amnesia (forgetfulness) is more common if you do not get at least 8 hours of sleep after taking eszopiclone.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 to 10 days of treatment, or if they get worse.
Do not stop using eszopiclone suddenly after taking it over several days in a row, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
Store eszopiclone at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of your medicine. You should be aware if anyone is using it improperly or without a prescription.
What happens if I miss a dose (Lunesta)?
Since eszopiclone is taken only at bedtime, you will not be on a frequent dosing schedule. Never take this medicine if you do not have at least 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again.
Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose (Lunesta)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
Avoid drinking alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death could occur.
Avoid taking eszopiclone within 1 hour after eating a high-fat or heavy meal. This will make it harder for your body to absorb the medication.
Eszopiclone can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. You may still feel sleepy the morning after taking this medicine. Until you know how this medicine 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.
What other drugs will affect eszopiclone (Lunesta)?
Using eszopiclone with other drugs that make you drowsy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your doctor before using opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.
Other drugs may affect eszopiclone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
Where can I get more information (Lunesta)?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about eszopiclone.
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