Generic Name: Eszopiclone (es zoe PIK lone)
Brand Name: Lunesta
Medically reviewed on May 2, 2018.
Uses of Lunesta:
- It is used to treat sleep problems.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Lunesta?
- If you have an allergy to eszopiclone or any other part of Lunesta (eszopiclone).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Breathing problems or sleep apnea.
- If you have myasthenia gravis.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
- If you are taking any other drugs that can make you sleepy. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Lunesta (eszopiclone).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Lunesta (eszopiclone) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Lunesta?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Lunesta (eszopiclone). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
- When sleep drugs are used nightly for more than a few weeks, they may not work as well to help sleep problems. This is known as tolerance. Only use sleep drugs for a short time. If sleep problems last, call the doctor.
- If you have been taking Lunesta (eszopiclone) for more than 10 days, talk with your doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop Lunesta (eszopiclone).
- Do not take naps.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert after you take Lunesta (eszopiclone). You may still feel sleepy the day after you take Lunesta (eszopiclone). Avoid these tasks or actions until you feel fully awake.
- If your dose is 3 mg, avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert the day after you take Lunesta (eszopiclone). Do this even if you feel fully awake.
- To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- Avoid alcohol while taking Lunesta (eszopiclone). Do not take Lunesta (eszopiclone) if you drank alcohol that evening or before bed.
- Some people have done certain tasks or actions while they were not fully awake like driving, making and eating food, and having sex. Most of the time, people do not remember doing these things. Tell your doctor if this happens to you.
- Do not take Lunesta (eszopiclone) unless you can get a full night's sleep (at least 7 to 8 hours) before you need to be active again.
- If you are 65 or older, use Lunesta (eszopiclone) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Lunesta (eszopiclone) while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Lunesta) best taken?
Use Lunesta (eszopiclone) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take Lunesta (eszopiclone) at bedtime.
- Take Lunesta (eszopiclone) right before you get into bed.
- Do not take with or right after a meal.
- Use Lunesta (eszopiclone) only for short periods of time (7 to 10 days).
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- This medicine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than every 24 hours unless told to do so by your doctor.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
- Change in the way you act.
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
- Memory problems or loss.
- Very bad dizziness.
- Change in balance.
- Feeling confused.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
What are some other side effects of Lunesta?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Bad taste in your mouth.
- Dry mouth.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Signs of a common cold.
- Feeling sleepy the next day.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Lunesta?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time Lunesta (eszopiclone) is refilled. If you have any questions about Lunesta (eszopiclone), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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