Lunesta (brand name) is a sedative drug, used for the treatment of insomnia. The generic of this drug is called Eszopiclone.
In patients with insomnia, it affects the brain chemicals that can be unbalanced, allowing them to fall asleep very quickly.
Lunesta is used for the treatment of sleep disturbance (especially insomnia). The drug helps the patient with sleep disorders to reduce the time necessary to fall asleep, increase the duration of sleep and minimizes the frequency of the night wake-ups. In total, this drug promotes a good night rest.
The drug belongs to the group of sedatives and calms your mind. Usually, the treatment should last no more than a week.
In case of insomnia, take 1mg of drug a day; the maintenance dose is 1 to 3 mg before bed. Follow the dosage prescribed by your doctor.
Start taking Lunesta only after defining the effectiveness of this drug in your body type. Avoid sharing Lunesta with people with the same health problems.
Overdose can result in such adverse effects as sleepiness, shortness of breath, etc. In case of overdose, seek emergency medical attention. Never exceed the dosage of Lunesta. Don’t take this medicine if you don’t have at least seven-eight hours to sleep.
The initial drug dosage is 1mg orally before sleep. It is extremely important to maintain the necessary dosage. Never exceed the maximum dosage of 3 mg.
Common adverse effects
- bad taste in mouth,
- pain in the throat,
- nasal congestion.
Serious adverse effects
- memory impairment,
- suicidal tendencies.
This drug may cause serious allergic response. If you note any signs of allergic response (vomiting, face swelling, urticaria and breathing difficulty), stop the treatment and seek immediate medical assistance.
People with the following diseases must avoid taking Lunesta without consulting the doctor.
Drug and alcohol addiction
Depression, suicidal tendencies and other mental diseases
Pregnancy or breastfeeding
Lunesta is contraindicated for the patients who suffered from alcohol intoxication.
As already mentioned, alcohol addiction in history is enough to impede the intake of Lunesta. There are also people who engage in complex activities in a sleepy condition regarded as normal while the patient is awake and fully conscious.
Such type of behavior is another reason to refuse from the intake of this drug. People with low immunity can’t take this medicine.
Other important contraindications are the nervous system disorders that impact the mental activity of the patient.