Lunesta® (eszopiclone) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of insomnia. It is used to help people fall asleep and to stay asleep longer. You should talk to your healthcare provider about the safety of Lunesta before starting the medicine.
Lunesta is considered a sedative-hypnotic type of medication. If you notice any changes in your behavior (such as anything unusual or disturbing) while taking Lunesta, notify your healthcare provider immediately. As with most sedatives or hypnotics, withdrawal symptoms are possible with Lunesta if it is stopped suddenly.
A number of other problems have also been reported with Lunesta. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this sleep medicine include:
- Unpleasant taste -- in up to 34 percent of people
- Headache -- up to 21 percent
- Drowsiness -- up to 10 percent
- Infections, such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) -- up to 10 percent.
(Click Lunesta Side Effects and Lunesta Warnings and Precautions for more safety information, including a more complete list of side effects and warnings on who should not use this particular medication.)