Brand Name: Lunesta®
Eszopiclone is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia).
Eszopiclone is used to treat insomnia. This medication causes relaxation to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
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Other Known Brand Names for Lunesta
- Bexomer (Janssen-Cilag (I))
- Fulnite (Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.)
- Hypnite (Concern Pharma)
- JustSleep (Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
- Lunesta (Sepracor)
- Lunivia (GlaxoSmithKline)
- Zopipure (Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take eszopiclone only if you are able to get a full night's sleep before you must be active again. Never take this medication during your normal waking hours, unless you have at least 8 hours to dedicate to sleeping.
Take this medication with a full glass of water.
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 is for short-term use only. Tell your doctor if your insomnia symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after using this medication for 7 to 10 nights in a row. Do not take eszopiclone for longer than 2 weeks without your doctor's advice.
You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking eszopiclone after taking it over several days in a row. Do not stop taking this medication suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep track of how many capsules have been used from each new bottle of this medicine. Eszopiclone is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if any person in the household is using this medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Dosage in Adults
The dose of eszopiclone should be individualized. The recommended starting dose for eszopiclone for most non-elderly adults is 2 mg immediately before bedtime. Dosing can be initiated at or raised to 3 mg if clinically indicated, since 3 mg is more effective for sleep maintenance.
Use in Geriatric Patients
The recommended starting dose of eszopiclone for elderly patients whose primary complaint is difficulty falling asleep is 1 mg immediately before bedtime. In these patients, the dose may be increased to 2 mg if clinically indicated. For elderly patients whose primary complaint is difficulty staying asleep, the recommended dose is 2 mg immediately before bedtime.
Use in Patients with Hepatic Impairment
The starting dose of eszopiclone should be 1 mg in patients with severe hepatic impairment. Eszopiclone should be used with caution in these patients.
Use with CYP3A4 Inhibitors
The starting dose of eszopiclone should not exceed 1 mg in patients coadministered eszopiclone with potent CYP3A4 inhibitors. If needed, the dose can be raised to 2 mg.
Use with CNS Depressants
Dosage adjustments may be necessary when eszopiclone is combined with other CNS depressant drugs because of the potentially additive effects.
Administration with Food
Taking eszopiclone with or immediately after a heavy, high-fat meal results in slower absorption and would be expected to reduce the effect of eszopiclone on sleep latency.
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