A central nervous system (CNS) depressant, such as zopiclone, is a type of medication (medicines that make you drowsy or less alert). Zopiclone is used to treat insomnia (trouble in sleeping). Zopiclone tablets assist you in falling asleep quickly and staying asleep throughout the night. When sleep drugs are taken every night for a long time, their effectiveness may deteriorate. Sleep drugs should only be used for a short period of time, such as one or two days, and no longer than one or two weeks in most cases.
Before you start taking zopiclone, be sure you have a good understanding of how it works.
The risks of a medicine must be weighed against the benefits when deciding whether or not to use it. You and your doctor will make this decision together.
Sleep medications can produce amnesia, which is a sort of memory loss. When this happens, the person has no recollection of what transpired in the hours between taking the drug and its effects wearing off. Most people fall asleep shortly after taking the prescription, so this is usually not an issue. Memory issues can usually be avoided by taking zopiclone only when you have a full night’s sleep (7 to 8 hours) before you have to be active again.
If you’ve ever had an unusual or adverse reaction to Zopiclone tablets or any other medicine, tell your doctor. Also inform your doctor if you have any additional allergies, such as those to foods, colours, preservatives, or animals. Read the ingredients on the label or container of non-prescription products carefully.
Only adult patients have been studied with zopiclone, and there is no specific evidence comparing zopiclone use in children to use in other age groups.
Confusion, lack of coordination, and falling are more common in the elderly, who are more sensitive to the effects of zopiclone than younger ones.
There are no good studies in women to determine the harm to an infant if this medicine is used while breastfeeding. Before taking this drug during breastfeeding, weigh the potential advantages against the potential hazards.
Precautions While Using zopiclone
- If you think you’ll need to take Zopiclone tablets for more than 7 to 10 days, talk to your doctor about it. Insomnia that lasts longer than this could indicate the presence of another medical issue.
- Alcohol and other CNS depressants will be amplified by zopiclone (medicines that cause drowsiness). Antihistamines or allergy medicine; sedatives, tranquillizers, or sleeping medicine; prescription pain medicine or narcotics; barbiturates; seizure medicine; muscle relaxants; or anaesthetics, including some dental anaesthetics are all examples of CNS depressants.
- Some people, especially the elderly, may experience drowsy, dizzy, lightheaded, clumsy or unsteady, or less alert than usual when using Zopiclone tablets. Even if Zopiclone UK is taken before bedtime, it can make some people sluggish or less aware when they wake up. Before you drive, operate machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy, not aware, or can’t see well, be sure you know how zopiclone affects you.
- If you experience any weird or strange thoughts or behaviour while taking zopiclone, talk to your doctor about it. Some of the changes seen in people taking zopiclone are similar to those found in people who drink alcohol and subsequently act abnormally. Other changes, such as confusion, depression increasing, hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t there), suicidal thoughts, and unexpected excitement, anxiousness, or irritation, maybe rarer and more extreme.
- Do not stop taking Zopiclone tablets without first consulting your doctor if you have been taking them for a long time. Before totally discontinuing, your doctor may advise you to gradually lower the quantity you’re taking. Stopping zopiclone abruptly can result in withdrawal symptoms.
- For the first few nights after stopping zopiclone for insomnia, you may experience trouble sleeping (rebound insomnia).
- If you or someone else thinks they may have taken too many Zopiclone tablets, get immediate medical attention. Overdosing on zopiclone, as well as mixing it with alcohol or other CNS depressants, can cause respiratory issues and unconsciousness.