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Lunesta Oral Uses and How to Use


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Generic Name: ESZOPICLONE - ORAL
Pronounced: (es-zoe-PIK-lone)

Lunesta Oral Uses

This medication is used to treat sleep problems (insomnia). It may help you fall asleep faster, sleep better during the night, and stay asleep longer. Eszopiclone belongs to a class of drugs known as hypnotics.

How To Use Lunesta Oral

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using eszopiclone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth usually once nightly, immediately before going to bed, or as directed by your doctor. Do not take it with or immediately after a high-fat or heavy meal.

Although unlikely, this drug can infrequently cause temporary memory loss. To avoid this effect, do not take a dose of this drug unless you have time for a full night's sleep that lasts at least 7-8 hours. For example, do not take this drug during an overnight plane flight of less than 8 hours.

Dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to therapy. Take the exact dose for the duration prescribed by your doctor. Do not change your dose without talking to your doctor. The manufacturer does not recommend doses above 2 milligrams if you have severe liver disease. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about your treatment.

This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time or in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (such as anxiety, abdominal cramps, vomiting, sweating, or shakiness) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions immediately.

Though it is very unlikely to occur, this medication can also result in abnormal drug-seeking behavior (addiction/habit-forming). Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed. This will lessen the chances of becoming addicted.

You may have trouble falling asleep the first few nights after you stop taking the drug. This is called rebound insomnia. It is normal and usually goes away after 1-2 nights. If this effect continues, contact your doctor.

Inform your doctor if your sleep problems persist or worsen after 7 to 10 days.



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