Lunesta Sleeping Pill, Prescription Sleep Aid
Drug Class & Mechanism
Eszopiclone is the generic name of the medication commonly known as Lunesta, a non-benzodiazepine, oral, sedative drug that acts as sleeping pill, and is used for treating insomnia. As per the data available with National Institutes of Health, more than 50 million Americans suffer from insomnia.
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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. Eszopiclone is unique as is the only drug used for insomnia that has been shown to be safe and effective for six months. Generally this medication is stored at room temperature, 15-30 °C (59-86 °F).
Dosage Info for Lunesta
The usual dose to improve or maintain sleep in most adults is 2 or 3 mg. Persons over the age of 65 years usually are treated with 1 or 2 mg. Lunesta Sleeping Pill 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.
Drug Interactions: Alcohol (which causes sedation) and drugs that have sedating effects should not be used with lunesta since their sedating effects, when added to those of lunesta, may cause excessive sedation. Lunesta prescription should not be used during pregnancy.
Nursing Mothers should avoid this medication use as it is not known whether lunesta is excreted in human breast milk. Because many medicines are excreted in breast milk and because the effect of lunesta on infants has not been studied, women should not breast feed while taking lunesta.
Side Effects of Lunesta
Patients taking Lunesta or any other sedative drug may develop dependence on the drug for sleep and experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug is discontinued. The most common side effects of Lunesta are dizziness and loss of coordination.
Lunesta Is Meant For
This medication is used for the treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulty falling asleep and/or difficulty maintaining sleep during the night and early morning.