Imovane – Zopiclone

Zopiclone is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic drug and medication that doctors prescribe for the short-term treatment of insomnia. It is not approved for use in the US by the FDA. The brand name for zopiclone is Imovane, and the drug is also known as zopiclonumRP 27267.

Zopiclone can help with frequent wake-ups during the night, difficulty falling asleep and awaking too early. This drug belongs to the group of medicines called central nervous system or CNS depressants. These are medicines that make you feel drowsy or less alert.

Zopiclone is an oral medication that should be taken just before bedtime, and should only be taken for a maximum of four weeks at a time. Taking zopiclone for any longer than this may cause a tolerance to build up, and it will no longer be effective in treating insomnia. It is important that those taking zopiclone do not increase their dosage without the advice of a doctor.

Imovane Side Effects

There are some side effects that may be noticed when taking zopiclone, including dry mouth, headache and upset stomach. Other side effects include:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Loss of memory
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech

Most of these side effects will disappear within a few days of taking zopiclone. There is a risk of Imovane addiction and withdraw. Anyone taking zopiclone who notices that these side effects are lingering, or the presence of any other side effect, should consult their doctor, who may change the dosage, or even recommend another type of sleep medication.

Generally, elderly persons are more sensitive to the effects of zopiclone, and therefore it is advisable to contact your doctor if you experience sleeping difficulties after stopping this medication.

If you are suffering from insomnia or another sleep disorder, ask your physician about taking zopiclone, or another treatment option for your condition.

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