Most people start with a Lunesta dosage of 2 mg daily for the treatment of insomnia. For those who have trouble staying asleep, a starting dose of 3 mg may also be used. Elderly adults who have trouble falling asleep generally start with Lunesta 1 mg, but this amount can be increased to 2 mg if they have trouble staying asleep.
The dosage of Lunesta your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended starting Lunesta dosage for most young or middle-age adults with insomnia is Lunesta 2 mg, taken right before bedtime. In some people (especially those who have trouble staying asleep), a starting dose of 3 mg right before bedtime may also be appropriate. For people who start at lower doses, the amount can be increased to Lunesta 3 mg if needed.
For elderly people, the starting dosage of Lunesta depends on what type of insomnia is occurring. For elderly people who have trouble falling asleep, the starting dose is Lunesta 1 mg, taken right before bedtime, but for elderly people who have trouble staying asleep, the starting amount is higher (Lunesta 2 mg, taken right before bedtime).
Some considerations for people taking Lunesta include the following:
- The medication should be taken right before you go to bed.
- Your dose of Lunesta should not be taken with food or right after eating a meal.
- Lunesta works quickly; make sure you are ready for sleep before taking it. Do not take the medication before driving or performing any tasks that require concentration.
- For Lunesta to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medicine will not work if you take it differently than how your healthcare provider has prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Lunesta dosing, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.