|Also Called||Zopiclone Actavis, Imovane|
|Type of medicine||Hypnotic|
|Belongs to||Class of Z-drugs|
|Used for||Treating sleeping problems (insomnia)|
|Available as||Sleeping tablet|
Insomnia affects a significant proportion of people across the globe with the possibility of severe health complications. If you have insomnia, you find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep at night, affecting your quality of life. People with insomnia also experience daytime sleepiness during their working hours. Only a few patients with insomnia are able to get the right treatment.
Besides affecting physical, emotional, and social domains and daytime functioning, your cognitive functioning is greatly affected by chronic insomnia. According to many studies, 40% of people who have insomnia also have depression and anxiety. (1,2)
If you’re tired of staying up all night due to insomnia, Zopiclone is the RIGHT option for you. Let's discuss the benefits and efficacy of Zopiclone.
The last resort and ultimate solution to all your sleeping problems is Zopiclone, which is a hypnotic drug belonging to the class of Z-drugs. Zopiclone is prescribed by doctors to manage and treat insomnia for the short term. Zopiclone is prescribed in combination with other treatment options like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to achieve better outcomes. (3)
If you wake up too early, have difficulty falling asleep, and lie awake for prolonged hours, Zopiclone can make you relax and sleepy by working on chemicals in your brain.
When your body does not respond to non-medication treatments, then Zopiclone is prescribed. It should never be used for more than four weeks because your body can get used to it or dependent on it.
How Zopiclone Helps You Fall Asleep?
How you fall asleep and stay asleep after taking Zopiclone is by the binding of Zopiclone GABABZ receptor chloride channel macromolecular complex – a benzodiazepine receptor. In combination with other benzodiazepines, Zopiclone increases the inhibitory effect of GABA receptors to exert their anxiolytic and hypnotic effects. (4)
Only adults over the age of 18 can take Zopiclone prescribed by the doctor. However, you must speak with your pharmacist if you:
As Zopiclone relaxes you and helps you fall asleep, you should be more concerned while taking Zopiclone. You feel sleepy and drowsy the very next day, which makes it hard for you to concentrate. Zopiclone can cause drowsiness for up to 11 hours. The following table contains some precautions and their description. (7)
When you start taking Zopiclone, your ability to concentrate and drive is very affected.
|Stopping Zopiclone Suddenly|
|Taking Other Medicines||Your inability to concentrate and more sleepiness can worsen if you take Zopiclone in combination with other medications like antidepressants, antihistamines, or herbal products.|
|Drinking Alcohol||If you have just started taking Zopiclone, you should avoid alcohol consumption because it can cause more drowsiness and impaired concentration.|