Highlights for eszopiclone
eszopiclone Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- changes in vision
- depressed mood
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- problems with balance, speaking, walking
- restlessness, excitability, or feelings of agitation
- unusual activities while asleep like driving, eating, making phone calls
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dizziness, or daytime drowsiness, sometimes called a hangover effect
eszopiclone May Interact with Other Medications
- herbal medicines like kava kava, melatonin, St. John's wort and valerian
- medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole, fluconazole, or itraconazole
How to Use eszopiclone
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is better to take this medicine on an empty stomach and only when you are ready for bed. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. If you have been taking this medicine for several weeks and suddenly stop taking it, you may get unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor or health care professional may want to gradually reduce the dose. Do not stop taking this medicine on your own. Always follow your doctor or health care professional's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- history of a drug or alcohol abuse problem
- liver disease
- lung or breathing disease
- suicidal thoughts
- an unusual or allergic reaction to eszopiclone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This does not apply. This medicine should only be taken immediately before going to sleep. Do not take double or extra doses.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Keep a regular sleep schedule by going to bed at about the same time nightly. Avoid caffeine-containing drinks in the evening hours, as caffeine can cause trouble with falling asleep. Talk to your doctor if you still have trouble sleeping.
After taking this medicine for sleep, you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing. The next morning, you may have no memory of the event. Activities such as driving a car ("sleep-driving"), making and eating food, talking on the phone, sexual activity, and sleep-walking have been reported. Call your doctor right away if you find out you have done any of these activities. Do not take this medicine if you have used alcohol that evening or before bed or taken another medicine for sleep, since your risk of doing these sleep-related activities will be increased.
Do not take this medicine unless you are able to stay in bed for a full night (7 to 8 hours) before you must be active again. You may have a decrease in mental alertness the day after use, even if you feel that you are fully awake. Tell your doctor if you will need to perform activities requiring full alertness, such as driving, the next day. Do not stand or sit up quickly after taking this medicine, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
If you or your family notice any changes in your behavior, such as new or worsening depression, thoughts of harming yourself, anxiety, other unusual or disturbing thoughts, or memory loss, call your doctor right away.
After you stop taking this medicine, you may have trouble falling asleep. This is called rebound insomnia. This problem usually goes away on its own after 1 or 2 nights.
Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.
This medicine may cause accidental overdose and death if taken by other adults, children, or pets. Mix any unused medicine with a substance like cat litter or coffee grounds. Then throw the medicine away in a sealed container like a sealed bag or a coffee can with a lid. Do not use the medicine after the expiration date.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F).
What does the pill look like?
eszopiclone, West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp, a subsidiary of Hikma, 3mg
eszopiclone, West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp, a subsidiary of Hikma, 2mg
eszopiclone, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc., 1mg
eszopiclone, AvKARE, Inc., 1mg
eszopiclone, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, 1mg
eszopiclone, Mylan Institutional LLC, 2mg
eszopiclone, Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., 2mg
eszopiclone, MacLeods Pharma, 2mg
eszopiclone, Golden State Medical Supply Inc, 2mg
eszopiclone, AvKARE, Inc., 2mg
eszopiclone, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, 2mg
eszopiclone, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, 3mg
eszopiclone, AvKARE, Inc., 3mg
eszopiclone, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc., 3mg
eszopiclone, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Inc., 3mg
eszopiclone, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Inc., 1mg
Last Updated: September 8, 2015