Lunesta for Insomnia
A healthcare provider may prescribe Lunesta® (eszopiclone) for insomnia treatment. This prescription medication is a type of sedative/hypnotic and is approved for use in adults age 18 years old and older. It is typically taken once a day, immediately before bedtime.
Lunesta has been evaluated in several clinical studies for insomnia. Lunesta was shown to help people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer than people who did not take Lunesta. Also, studies have shown that the medication can cause mild rebound insomnia (worsening of insomnia after stopping a medication). Rebound insomnia symptoms usually occurred for only one night after the drug was stopped, after which people returned to their normal sleeping patterns.
Although most people tolerate Lunesta well, it is not suitable for everyone. Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and non-prescription medicines), as well as any other medical conditions you may have. As a type of sleep medicine, Lunesta is classified as a controlled substance and may be abused. Do not take Lunesta without your healthcare provider's approval and supervision.
(Click Lunesta for a complete overview of using this medicine for insomnia treatment. This article also discusses how Lunesta works, potential side effects, and safety concerns to be aware of before using this medication.)