What is Zopiclone?
Zopiclone is kind of sleeping pill which is used for the treatment of sleeping disorders such as insomnia. This drug works by helping the patient sleep faster than the usual. It also aids in providing a good night sleep with less nocturnal awakenings during the night. Aside from a sleeping pill, Zopiclone is a sedative that also aid in relaxing your muscles. Sleeping pill such as Zopiclone should not be used for a long period of time to prevent any withdrawal symptoms. At most, you can continually use Zopiclone for four weeks. Other brands of Zopiclone sold in the market include Zimovane, Datolan and Imovane.
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Things to know before taking Zopiclone
Just like for any other drugs, it is important to be cautious before purchasing and taking drugs. Even though you have insomnia and you know that Zopiclone is a sleeping pill, you should still consult your doctor regarding the use of Zopiclone. If you have any of the circumstances below, it is advised that Zopiclone may not be suitable for you. It is best to contact your doctor and ask for advice:
- have kidney and liver problems
- have muscle weakness disorder (myasthenia gravis)
- of old age
- have alcoholism issues in the past or present
- has sleep apnea
- has suffered from a personality disorder and/or depression
- has allergic reactions to any ingredients of Zopiclone
- has breathing problems
- has plans of being pregnant or is currently breastfeeding
When to take Zopiclone?
Since Zopiclone is a sleeping pill, it is advised to be taken before you sleep at night. The usual recommended dosage for Zopiclone is 7.5 mg per tablet. You should take Zopiclone as a whole with water without chewing or biting the tablet. If you are unsure about the correct dosage that is suited for you, you should consult your doctor about it. Remember to read the instructions written in the packaging to avoid any complications. Before taking the pill, you must allot at least 7 hours for the pill to be effective. Waking up before the 7 hours may result to drowsiness the following morning and may affect your day to day activities. As much as possible, avoid taking Zopiclone without the go signal from your physician. Never take more than the dosage given to you by your doctor no matter what the circumstances.
What are the side effects of Zopiclone?
There are various possible side effects of Zopiclone just like any medication. These rare side effects normally do not occur to the vast majority of Zopiclone users. Taking Zopiclone during the day may actually lead to drowsiness and some form of memory loss or confusion. You can avoid this by making sure that you only take Zopiclone during the night before you go to bed. The common side effects of Zopiclone that has a higher chance of happening to you includes drowsiness, dizziness, feeling tired, dry mouth, and change of taste. These side effects are especially common for people who are just starting the treatment with Zopiclone. Other less common side effects include anxiety, headaches, nausea and memory problems. Before continuing the treatment of Zopiclone it is important to observe how you respond to this drug. If there side effects that are uncommon, you may consult your doctor for advice.
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