What is Lunesta 3mg (Eszopiclone) ?
Lunesta 3mg (Eszopiclone) is a non-benzodiazepine, oral, sedative drug (“sleeping pill”) that is used for treating insomnia.
The clinical trials performed in support of efficacy were up to 6 months in duration. The final formal assessments of sleep latency and maintenance were performed at 4 weeks in the 6-week study (adults only), at the end of both 2-week studies (elderly only) and at the end of the 6-month study (adults only).
What is the dosage for Lunesta?
The usual dose to improve or maintain sleep in most adults is 2 or 3 mg before bedtime. Persons over the age of 65 years usually are treated with 1 or 2 mg. Lunesta should be taken immediately before going to bed since the onset of sedation may occur as rapidly as 10 minutes. It should be taken only by individuals who intend to sleep for at least 8 hours since its effects may last up to six hours. A high fat meal reduces the absorption of eszopiclone and may reduce its effect.
What are the side effects of Lunesta 3mg?
The most common side effects of Lunesta are:
- dry mouth,
- unpleasant taste,
- stomach upset, and
- loss of coordination.
Lunesta 3mg is a controlled substance. Patients taking eszopiclone or any other sedative drug may become dependent on the drug for sleep and experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug is discontinued.
- Store eszopiclone as close to 77°F (25°C) as possible. It may also be kept at a controlled room temperature between 59°F and 86°F (15°C and 30°C).
- Keep this drug away from light.
- Don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas, such as bathrooms.
Lunesta 3mg oral tablet can interact with several other medications. Different interactions can cause different effects. For instance, some can interfere with how well a drug works, while others can cause increased side effects.
Below is a list of medications that can interact with Lunesta. This list does not contain all drugs that may interact with eszopiclone.
Before taking eszopiclone, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription, over-the-counter, and other drugs you take. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbs, and supplements you use. Sharing this information can help you avoid potential interactions.