Eszopiclone is a prescription-only medication. It is only available as an oral tablet.
Eszopiclone is the active ingredient in the brand-name drug Lunesta. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs are often less expensive than brand-name prescriptions. In some cases, the brand-name and generic versions of the same medicine may be available in different forms and strengths.
Eszopiclone tablets are a prescription-only medication. This suggests that there is a chance that this substance will be abused and that it could lead to addiction.
What is the purpose of using it?
Insomnia is treated with eszopiclone. You can have problems getting asleep, staying asleep, or both if you have this disease.
How does it work?
Eszopiclone belongs to the sedative-hypnotic medication category. A drug class is a collection of drugs that all work in the same way. These medications are regularly used to treat similar conditions.
The specific mechanism of action of eszopiclone is unknown. However, it may increase the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the brain (GABA). This hormone promotes sleep by reducing brain activity.
What is the best way to take eszopiclone?
The amount of Eszopiclone tablets your doctor prescribes will be determined by many factors. These are some of them:
- your age
- your liver’s performance
- any other medicines you’re taking
Usually, your doctor will start you on a low dose and gradually raise it until you discover the right dose for you. They’ll eventually prescribe the minimal dose necessary to achieve the intended result.
The dosages that are commonly used or proposed are outlined in the following material. However, follow your doctor’s instructions and take the dosage that he or she recommends. Your doctor will choose the dosage that is most appropriate for you.
Take exactly as directed.
Eszopiclone is a drug that is used to treat insomnia for a brief period. Side effects may occur if you do not take it as prescribed.
If you quit taking Eszopiclone tablets or don’t take it at all, the following will happen: Even if you don’t take this medication, you’ll have difficulties sleeping. You may develop withdrawal if you suddenly stop taking it. Among the signs and symptoms are:
- Unusual dreams
- a stomachache
If you need to stop taking eszopiclone, your doctor will gradually lower your dose so you don’t have withdrawal symptoms.
If you miss a dose or don’t take the prescription on time, you may not get as good a night’s sleep as you would if you took the medication on time.
This medication should be taken right before night. If you take it too soon before bedtime, you may feel tired. You increase your chances of feeling drowsy in the morning if you take it too late.
People with particular medical conditions should be aware of the following warnings.
These Eszopiclone tablets are broken down by your liver if you have a history of liver issues. You may not be able to break down this medicine properly if you have liver problems. It may accumulate in your body, resulting in further negative effects. These symptoms include difficulty thinking or concentrating sleepiness, and coordination issues.
Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of this medication to avoid these side effects.
If you have a history of depression or suicidal thoughts, you may be at an elevated risk of suicidal thoughts while taking this medication. This drug should be given to you at a reduced dose by your doctor.
Important things to keep in mind when using eszopiclone
If your doctor prescribes eszopiclone for you, keep these things in mind.
Eszopiclone should not be taken with food. If you take this medication with meals, it will not work as well.
Just before night, take eszopiclone. Short-term memory issues, dizziness, lightheadedness, and odd thoughts may occur if you take it sooner.
Don’t modify your dose on your own if you think this drug isn’t working. Any drug modifications should be discussed with your doctor.
- Eszopiclone tablets should be kept as close to 77°F (25°C) as practicable. It can also be stored at a temperature of 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C) in a controlled environment.
- Keep this medication away from the sun.
- This drug should not be stored in damp environments, such as restrooms.
- This medication’s prescription can be renewed. This drug should be renewed without the requirement for a new prescription. The number of refills approved by your doctor will be written on your prescription.
- Your eating habits
- You should avoid eating large, high-fat meals before or after you take eszopiclone. It may impair the drug’s effectiveness.
Prior approval is required.
For this medicine, many insurance companies demand prior permission. This means that before your insurance company will pay for the medication, your doctor will need to gain approval from them.
“Typically, your doctor will begin with a low dose and gradually increase it until you find the dose that is good for you.”