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- What is eszopiclone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for eszopiclone?
- Do I need a prescription for eszopiclone?
- What are the side effects of eszopiclone?
- What is the dosage for eszopiclone?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with eszopiclone?
- Is eszopiclone safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about eszopiclone?
What is eszopiclone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Eszopiclone is a non-benzodiazepine, oral, sedative drug ("sleeping pill") that is used for treating insomnia. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 50 million Americans suffer from insomnia. Symptoms of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep, awakening frequently during the night, waking up too early, an inability to fall back to sleep, or awakening in the morning not feeling refreshed. Most drugs that have been used to treat insomnia are benzodiazepines, for example, flurazepam (Dalmane), lorazepam (Ativan), triazolam (Halcion), and temazepam (Restoril). Zolpidem (Ambien) was the first non-benzodiazepine approved for insomnia in over 20 years. Eszopiclone was approved by the FDA in December 2004.
What brand names are available for eszopiclone?
Lunesta (formerly known as Estorra)
Do I need a prescription for eszopiclone?
What are the side effects of eszopiclone?
The most common side effects of eszopiclone are:
- dry mouth,
- unpleasant taste,
- stomach upset, and
- loss of coordination.
Eszopiclone 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.
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