Lunesta (Eszopiclone) is a hypnotic sedative (non-benzodiazepine) aiding individuals suffering from insomnia and other sleep problems. Some other other drugs to solve sleep problems are: Methaqualone, Zleplon and Zolpidem. Lunesta acts on the GABA receptors of the brain, easing the body into a full-night’s sleep for approximately 7 to 8 hours. Lunesta is fast-acting, taking effect immediately after ingestion.
Much like Ambien, Lunesta has the capability to be highly addictive if misused. Lunesta should not be taken for longer than 2 weeks at a time unless otherwise prescribed by a physician. It is important to talk to the physician if the current regiment is not producing desired results before doubling or stopping the dosage.
Side Effects of Lunesta
- Stomach pain
- Mood changes
- Thoughts of suicide
Lunesta Do’s and Don’ts
It should be taken on a short-term basis as it can be highly addictive. Its dosage should be gradually reduced unless otherwise prescribed.
It should only be taken if the individual is unable to sleep to receive a full night’s sleep.
It should not be taken with fatty foods or a heavy meal close to bedtime as it may become more difficult for the body to absorb the drug.
It should not be shared with others as the drugs affect individuals differently.
If allergic reaction to Lunesta occurs, individuals should call medical help immediately. Certain drugs, such as narcotic pain relievers and anti-anxiety, may interact negatively with Lunesta. It may affect an unborn baby during pregnancy. In order to prevent any possible side effects, it is important to consult the physician to find out if Lunesta is the right drug choice for treating sleep problems.
Addiction and Overdose
Lunesta becomes harmful if too much of the drug is ingested. Additionally, the following withdrawal symptoms may occur as a result of addiction to Lunesta:
In order to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms or other harmful side effects, Lunesta should be taken only as prescribed. If a dose is missed, it should be taken when remembered. Doubling the dosage can be extremely dangerous.
Overdose on Lunesta depends on how much of the drug was taken and whether or not it was taken with any medications. It can be extremely dangerous when it is taken with central nervous system depressants or other drugs that slow down the body as these drugs can double the effects of Lunesta. Any possible symptoms of overdose should not be taken lightly. The following symptoms of overdose may include:
- Slow, labored breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Central nervous system depression
In the case of overdose, call 911 immediately.
Treatment for addiction to Lunesta may be best treated in a drug rehabilitation center that deals with overdose on sleep medication or other types of benzodiazepines. Physicians and therapists work with individuals to help them realize that the addiction to Lunesta is causing the habit-seeking behavior and addiction. Different rehabilitation centers utilize different methods of treatment, so it is important to contact the preferred drug treatment facility to see about their options for drug addiction treatment.