Information about the drug:
Zopiclone is a sedative for the prevention of severe sleep disorders. The drug belongs to the class of new generation non-benzodiazepines, which are intended solely to facilitate falling asleep and have minimal effect on sleep structure.
The half-life of Zopiclone is about 3 hours. Among the advantages of this drug, it can be distinguished that it does not cause a feeling of weakness and drowsiness on the next day morning, and repeated doses are not accompanied by the accumulation of the active substance in the organism. According to athletes, Zopiclone causes significantly fewer side effects compared with similar sleeping pills.
However, before taking Zopiclone and similar drugs, it is worth considering that researches show, compared with placebo, sedative hypnotics increase the risk of developing depression by more than two times.
This medicine is only available on prescription. In pharmacies, it can be found under other names: Imovan, Somnol or Piklodorm.
At the moment, non-benzodiazepine sleeping pills are an excellent solution for unsystematic prevention of insomnia. For example, if sleep disturbance is temporary and due to external factors, sleeping pills will help restore the regime of the day and get rid of anxious thoughts. In any other case, the treatment should be prescribed by a specialist, and the use of sleeping pills is likely to be unjustified.
The fact is that the real reason for the occurrence of insomnia is still not reliably known, therefore it cannot be said which treatment methods are effective.
Sleeping pills do not cure sleep disorders, but help to temporarily get rid of the problem. In turn, the abolition of pharmacology can exacerbate the symptoms of sleep disturbance.
For unsystematic prevention of sleep problems, an average therapeutic dose of 7.5 mg is used. You need to take the drug at night, immediately before the bedtime.
In cases of severe insomnia, the dosage can be increased to 15 mg. The drug will begin to act in about 20-30 minutes.
Note that the dosage for the elderly people and in case of impaired liver function should be half as much and is 3.75 mg.
The official instruction for the drug says that you can take Zopiclone no longer than 45 days. However, experts do not recommend using this sleeping pill for longer than 7-10 days. The drug may be addictive, withdrawal syndrome, or worsening insomnia.
As already mentioned, Zopiclone is a benzodiazepine-like drug and was originally introduced as a drug with a reduced risk of developing dependence and withdrawal syndrome compared to traditional benzodiazepine substances. In fact, Zopiclone may have even greater potential for developing addiction than benzodiazepines.
In fact, taking this drug, physical dependence is not a rare occurrence. The main symptoms of withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, tachycardia, tremors, sweating, hot flashes, palpitations and, as a result, insomnia. In certain cases, a sharp cessation of this medicine may cause disturbances in the structure of sleep or even convulsions and delirium, especially with prolonged use of high doses of the drug.
To avoid such side effect as drug dependence, prolonged use of the drug should be avoided. The optimal duration of the course of Zopiclone is 1 week and should not exceed 10 days. Although the risk of developing of addiction in the case of taking Zopiclone for less than 2 weeks is actually very low.
Discontinuation of the drug should occur sequentially. The dosage should be gradually reduced to avoid the development of extremely severe and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These include internal anxiety, psychomotor agitation, abdominal pain, hypertension, hallucinations, cramps, anxiety, depression, psychosis. Keep in mind that these symptoms can last up to 2 years if you stop taking the drug too abruptly.
We list the most common side effects of consuming large doses of Zopiclone:
- bitter taste in the mouth;
- dizziness, headache, residual drowsiness after waking up; in rare cases – nightmares, irritability and aggressiveness, hallucinations, blurred consciousness, depressed mood or even the depression, impaired coordination of movements, inappropriate behavior and the development of amnesia;
- nausea, dry mouth;
- allergic reactions, skin itching, acne;
- withdrawal syndrome after discontinuation of treatment.
Attention! After taking Zopiclone, you should avoid driving and occupations that require increased attention and quick response. Refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages and medicines containing alcohol during the treatment with Zopiclone.
You must consult with your attending physician before you first start applying this drug.
We also ask you to take into account that this medicine may cause some side effects. If you notice any disturbing symptoms, you have to contact your doctor.
In some cases, it is necessary to stop taking the drug for a while. You must also tell the doctor if you apply Androgenic Anabolic Steroids with other medicines. So physician can prescribe treatment and help to relieve unpleasant side effects.