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What Is Zopiclone?

Zopiclone is a medication that is commonly used for the treatment of insomnia and similar sleeping disorders. It works by reducing the time it takes to fall asleep and also eliminates nocturnal awakening during the night. It is an effective muscle relaxant with sedative properties. Zopiclone should only be used in the short term to avoid any chance of dependence and withdrawal symptoms when use of the medication has ceased, which can start developing after 4 weeks of regular use.

What Do I Need to Know Before Consuming Zopiclone?

Zopiclone is available for purchase under various brand names, including Zimovane, Imovane, Actavis and Sanofi. While the sleeping pills are essentially the same, they are often available in varying dosage strengths, with 7.5 mg being the strongest dosage strength available. Depending on the severity of insomnia or other type of sleeping disorder, the appropriate dosage of medication should be taken accordingly. Under specific circumstances, you should practice caution before consuming zopiclone for your sleeping disorders. In fact, zopiclone may or may not be suitable for your given specific circumstances. It is recommended that you should inform your doctor if you suffer from:

  • Myasthenia Gravis – A nerve disorder that causes muscle weakness
  • Kidney or liver problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression or personality disorder
  • Breathing complications
  • Alcohol or drug abuse – whether current or in the past
  • Allergic reactions to ingredients contained in zopiclone

For senior citizens and women going through pregnancy or breastfeeding, it is highly advisable to discuss your circumstances with your doctor before consuming zopiclone. Also, for any other conditions that you may experience, please consult your doctor to determine whether zopiclone is safe for you to use or not.

How Do I Consume Zopiclone?

For adults, the usual ideal dosage is one Zopiclone 7.5 mg tablet. The tablet has to be swallowed whole before bedtime without chewing. You can either swallow the pill directly or with water. Specific instructions on the ideal dosage appropriate for your condition will be available in the instructions that come with the medication packaging. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully in order to attain effective and safe results.
Generally, zopiclone should be consumed before your normal sleeping time, after which at least 7 hours of rest is recommended to avoid drowsiness the next day. Always consume the medication in accordance with the recommended dosage and never share your medication with any third parties or recommend use to another person without them seeking medical advice. Never consume more than the recommended dosage to avoid severe side effects and dependence.

What Are Its Side Effects?

Just like other sedatives, zopiclone has its side effects, which can typically last for as long as the medication is active in the body. Common side effects of zopiclone include:

  • Disorientation
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or drowsiness – more common in senior citizens
  • Dry mouth
  • Prolonged tiredness

Severe side effects, although very rare, include:

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Chronic headaches
  • Changing libido
  • Rash development
  • Memory issues
  • Severe confusion

When under the influence of zopiclone, it is inadvisable to drive as this can pose danger to those around you. Disorientation is common with zopiclone consumption, which is why you should only consume the medication before going to sleep to avoid any mishaps.