Lunesta® (eszopiclone) is a prescription drug approved to treat insomnia in adults age 18 years old and older. This medication is part of a class of medications called sedative/hypnotics, which are known more commonly as sleep medicines. Like many other sleep medications, Lunesta is a controlled substance and may be abused.
Although most people do not have any problems while taking this medication, Lunesta is not suitable for everyone. Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medications you are taking, as well as any other medical conditions you may have.
For example, you may not be able to take Lunesta if you have certain medical conditions, such as depression, liver disease, or any sort of addiction. Possible side effects of the drug include drowsiness, headaches, and an unpleasant taste.
Lunesta comes in the form of a tablet and is taken once a day, immediately before bedtime. This sleep medication comes in three strengths -- 1 mg, 2 mg, and 3 mg tablets. The dosage your healthcare provider prescribes will vary depending on several factors, such as your age, other medical conditions you may have, and other medications you are taking.
(Click Lunesta for a complete overview of this medication. This article also discusses how it works, potential side effects, and safety concerns to be aware of before using this product.)