User Reviews for Eszopiclone to treat Insomnia
Brand names: Lunesta
Eszopiclone has an average rating of 5.6 out of 10 from a total of 377 reviews for the treatment of Insomnia. 42% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 39% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Eszopiclone
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "I have taken so many medications including SSRI'S, BENZODIAZEPINES, etc. I couldn't sleep because of severe anxiety. I tried Lunesta for the first time last night. I wish my doctors had started me on this medication before they tried every mental repair medication on the market. I couldn't sleep because of my anxiety. I have noticed that since I took the Lunesta last night and actually slept without my normal 1 to 2 hour wake up cycle, I was refreshed this morning. Actually, my problems haven't gone away or changed, but after my first full night of sleep in years, my problems don't seem as bad. My tired mind magnified any little issues I had. I have taken xanax for anxiety in the past when all I really needed was good, sound interrupted sleep. Good night BENZODIAZEPINES and SSRI'S. If you sleep sound at night, the next day isn't really that bad."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "Ten years ago I developed terrible insomnia. I am a lawyer, and getting 2-3 hours of restless sleep a night nearly ruined me. I was first on Ambien, which never gave me real rest. Eight years late, I am still taking 3 mg of Lunesta every night. I sleep 7-8 hours every night. I have never developed a tolerance to it, never had sleepwalking or other issues. In fact, on Lunesta, I dream! My sleep cycle is pretty much normal. This has given me ten years of steady sleep, with no real side-effects. When I go off it for a night or two, I have no major rebound issues. Lunesta has literally given me my life back, and the confidence I will sleep every night."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "Normally take Ambien and I am out cold in 30-60 minutes. Could not stay awake if I wanted to. Hospital dr decided I should take Lunesta instead. Finding it to be completely useless as I am typing this 4 hours later because I can’t sleep. Might as well have given me a placebo. Rating it 1 because 0 is not an option"
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Lunesta (eszopiclone) "I was diagnosed with insomnia at a very young age. I've been on many medications over the years. I would also take 10 mg melatonin along with .5 mg Xanax PLUS whatever med I was on that time. My neurologist decided it would be a great idea to switch me from the combo that was working for me and was actually affordable (trazodone, Xanax and melatonin) to 1mg lunesta. I had to take out a 2nd mortgage to pay for it. It has not made me remotely drowsy. In fact, it's had the opposite effect on me, I took it at 10:15 pm and it's now 2:44 am. I'm literally laying here like a sugared up 6 year old. It's been 3 days without sleep, I'm broke, mouth tastes like I licked my cats litter box, cranky and disappointed that I didn't get the hallucinations they say you get when you take it and stay awake. Definitely wouldn't recommend."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "When I take Lunesta, it makes me sleepy and I am able to fall asleep pretty fast. However, I wake up about 2 hours later and then pretty much every hour on the hour after that. I feel like I'm in and out of it the rest of the night and can't tell when I'm really asleep or awake except when I roll over and look at the clock every hour or so and wonder if I will ever get any sleep. I feel exhausted all of the time........."
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Lunesta (eszopiclone) "To those that get the bad taste. My doc recommended putting water in mouth without swallowing and insert the pill then swallow. Don’t allow the pill to touch your mouth and you won’t get the horrible taste."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "This sleeping medication seems to be working so far. I had that bad taste in the mouth that everyone has been talking about. I solved the taste problem by taking a mini marshmellow (also tried with big marshmellow and broke into a little piece) and put the pill inside of it and molded it around it (a little water helps it get sticky). Voila! No more bad taste."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "I take 3mg at 9 pm and go to bed at 11 and fall directly to sleep and sleep straight through the night. It does have an odd taste. If I take it at 11 I won't go to sleep til 1. It takes 2 hours to kick in. I have had no side effects like I had with ambien, which were rapid heart rate and hallucinations. I've been taking lunesta for a few years ."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "I have taken Lunesta 3mg for around 6-7 years. It takes about 45 minutes to make me start nodding off. I had the metal taste when I first started using it but don't have any problem with that for years. I got insomnia when I had a hysterectomy years back. I use to take Trazodone and it worked great but gave me a headache every morning. Be sure not to eat any snack near the time you take you take Lunesta that interferes with absorption and falling asleep time. I think it might make me a little more depressed. However, if i don't sleep I would be a raving loon! Nothing worse then laying awake and you head won't shut-up. I would like to be able to fall asleep without medication but it just doesn't happen without Lunesta."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "I have been taking this Lunesta for about ten years. The only reason I stay on it is because to go off of it is pretty ugly. It gives me two hours sleep - that's it. But if I go off, I'll get nothing. I take one 3 mg at bedtime, wake up in two hours, then take another 3 mg tablet with 1 mg clonazepam and that works moderately well most of the time. I am not impaired in the morning and have zero side effects unless I quit. I metabolize things very quickly, I know this. There has to be a better way. Also, don't use your insurance! It costs $300 month with insurance, and without it costs about $40."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "Ahhh LUNESTA! I absolutely love this stuff. I started taking it when I was put on an anti depressant that gave me severe insomnia as a side effect. That went away as my body got used to the AD, but I do get insomnia here and there and Lunesta is my drug of choice. I used to use either Benadryl or Melatonin for my occasional insomnia, however, I find Lunesta is the best at putting you in a nice peaceful sleep, and not make you too groggy in the morning. Most people criticize Lunesta for it's "metallic" taste, but I have a ridiculously simple solution: Don't let the pill touch your tongue! I fill my mouth with water first, push the pill through my closed lips, and then swallow. Never had the bad taste since doing that! Try it out!!"
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "My adult son took Lunesta for insomnia. One year ago today, he took his medication as indicated and then 2 hours later, began sleep walking, tried to light a candle; and caught himself on fire. He was burned over 55% of his body. He is now missing most of his left hand, has limited use of his left arm and is permanently disabled. Our biggest caution to everyone was he had no reaction to being on fire. He never said a word and we did not find him until the fire alarms went off. Although we knew there was a risk of sleep walking we never expected the inability to react at all."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "I have taken Lunesta 3mg for 4 yrs and haven't had any problems with it. No side effects, no funny tastes, I just pop it in my mouth with a big drink and wala! I take it and in about 30 min I'm asleep and don't wake up until the next morning with no hang over feeling, no headaches or anything. I have tried them all, I used to go for days and days without sleep so when I tried this and it worked it was like a whole new world opened up. This may just work different on some people as I was reading, but in my case IT WORKED!"
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "It does it’s purpose. It’s not the most restful sleep you’ll ever get but it’s sleep. They say don’t eat on it, I haven’t and I take it right before bed and close my eyes. I fall asleep pretty quickly with no drowsiness (a trick I picked up is to try and focus on staying awake instead of trying to fall asleep and you’ll fall asleep. When you’re trying to fall asleep and can’t you get anxiety that keeps you up.) Anyways no weird metal taste like everyone said but I don’t stay up on it. I do toss and turn out the light but can fall back asleep if I don’t check the time or anything. Wake up early and it’s not like I feel very rested but I don’t feel like I was up all night. All in all any true insomniac wouldn’t hate this. Also no next days daze which I like. I’m fairly surprised I have had zero side effects from it. I would recommend for a short period of time but this isn’t something I would bank on using to treat insomnia long term."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "After taking 2mg Lunesta for a year it is still effective for me. To be sure I do not become acclimated I take it no more than 3x a week. Without it I max at 4 hours sleep, with it over 6 hours. I have no hangover or metallic taste in the morning."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "I have been taking 3 mg Lunesta for about a year now. It is AMAZING!! I can function after taking it, but when I go to bed--I am out! I don't sleepwalk or hallucinate. I am not hungover the next day. I love Lunesta!"
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "After taking the pill I get into bed expecting to be awake forever, however before I know it I am sound asleep. Usually sleep through the night, but not always. Interestingly the next day I am much calmer then usual. Not sure if it is because I finally got a good night sleep or if it is a side effect."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "Here's a trick to help my fellow insomniac's sleep. I have 3 very painful forms of Arthritis in my upper and lower back, neck, knees, feet, hands, exc. I have insomnia from chronic pain, and severe PTSD. 2mg Lunesta got me 4hrs rest. 3mg got me 6hrs sleep. I finally got 8 hours sleep by raising my dose to 2-2mg pills per night. I didn't get 4, 6, or, 8 hrs sleep until I changed eating habits. Plan your evening like so: eat a small portion of healthy foods. Wait 20-30 minutes, and then take your Lunesta. Wait 20-30 minutes, and eat another small portion of healthy food, and head to bed. The food keeps the medicine in your system longer. Also for those paying cash like me, use blinkhealth.com. I get my 60-2mg pills for $53.16 a month."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "I have been taking 1mg Lunesta for years. As in the ad, " ... works like a dream" for me. Went from 2-4 hours sleep a night to a solid 7-8hrs and it helped me retrain my sleep cycle. Lunesta seems to allow me to relax and fall asleep with no side effects. After about 6-8 years, slightly less, but still effective for me."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "Extremely effective until I developed a tolerance. The unpleasant aftertaste is due to an increase in the pH of the saliva/mouth environment. I found that taking Lunesta with an acidic drink such as orange juice prevented the aftertaste. Chocolate, the darker the better, will reduce the taste if it occurs."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "Has been working great for me, I am currently taking this with Klonopin and have been getting the best nights of sleep I've had in years! I have tried them all to, Ambien CR, Sonata, Rozeram, Restoril and lorazapram to help calm me down before sleep. For some reason with everything but Lunesta, I would always end up waking up in the middle of the night and never be able to fall back asleep. I don't wake up groggy with this medicine either, am literally feeling the most rested and energetic during the day that I can remember filling since I was a kid."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "I have to be in bed by 8 pm to get a full nights sleep for work early the next morning. I've never been able to fall asleep that early on my own, but Lunesta has been awesome. It does not make me sleepy, but 15 minutes after taking it I lay down and just go to sleep. At first I found I would wake up 4 or 5 hours later, but my doctor recommended taking melatonin with Lunesta. Doing this (I take the 10mg time release melatonin) I sleep all night, easily wake up with the alarm clock, have no bad taste in my mouth, and am not groggy at all. I do not take it on nights where I do not have to get up early the next day."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "My first taste of Lunesta was as part of a study to see if "sleep enhancements" lowered blood glucose levels. I don't know about that BUT, I immediately found that my former energy level was back and with that my high spirits as well. It was as though I had, for years, been sleep-walking through life and have been throughly awakened. My problem was not insomnia, rather poor quality of sleep. Like another commenter, my dreams are back and not just the ones that I have while I'm sleeping!"
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "I am a senior so I paid one hundred dollars for a one month supply of lunesta, doctor gave me 1 mg. The first night I was awake all night. Waited a couple days, tried again and I was awake all night again. I used 3 mg of melatonin with Gabapentin that Schiff used to make, Costco sold it they no longer make. It worked really well for me for several years. I recently had a widowmaker heart attack and need sleep. I am out of options despite a rigid sleep schedule. My mother brother and son have same issues. Help ."
Lunesta (eszopiclone) "I suffer from spinal pain in the lumbar region. I receive Lumbar ESIs from my pain management doctor, but I never can get to sleep even with a good bed and pain medication. So he gave me some Lunesta samples and I finally slept like a baby in spite of my back pain. I still have a bulging disc and receive injections, but the best thing in the world is 3 mg of Lunesta for a great nights sleep! He wrote me a script and I take it every night now."
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