What is Zopiclone?
Zopiclone belongs to a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics primarily used in the short-term treatment of insomnia. It may be long-term or short-term pain in nature due to various complications like anxiety, breathing problems, and stress. It works by increasing GABA activity which is a chemical messenger in the brain acting as a natural nerve-calming agent. Thus, ZOPICLONE helps to fall asleep, reduces anxiety, and relaxes muscles.
It also has a hypnotic and anxiolytic property that works by regulating the GABA receptor and relaxes the nerves and brain. Zopiclone comes in the form of liquids and tablets for people who find it very hard to swallow the tablets but both forms have the same chemical formulation.
How and when to take zopiclone?
Usually, you should take 1 dose, which is one 7.5mg tablet. Do not try to take more doses than your prescribed dose. You should take zopiclone with or without food just before you go to bed. It starts to function almost immediately after you take it and you might feel sleepy or confused in the first few days after taking zopiclone. Never use tools or machines, drive a car, or ride a bike, until you know how zopiclone affects your ability to do these activities. Consult your pharmacist if you are unsure if it is safe for you to drive while taking zopiclone.
Is zopiclone an antidepressant?
Zopiclone is a sleeping pills that may be prescribed to help ease short-term insomnia. There are two main groups of sleeping medicines, Benzodiazepines which include loprazolam and temazepam, and non-benzodiazepine hypnotics which include zopliclone, zolpidem, and zaleplon. This antidepressant medicine can help ease the symptoms of anxiety but is only recommended for short-term relief when someone is experiencing extreme distress. It can become addictive if used for longer than four weeks. This medicine is only prescribed to help people cope during a particularly severe period of anxiety.
Zopiclone is a benzodiazepine hypnotic that works on the brain and increases GABA activity between nerve cells. It relaxes the body to produce good sleep and reduces the time taken to fall asleep and increases the length of deep sleep. It is indicated for the treatment of insomnia and is used in treating short-term trouble in falling asleep, waking up at night, or morning, or difficulty sleeping caused by accident or any mental illness that causes tension.
Warning and Precautions
Never take zopiclone medicine if you are pregnant, as it may harm your baby. Consult your physician if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are trying for a baby if you are taking zopiclone. It can make you sleep very deeply while taking zopiclone. If you are known to be allergic to ZOPICLONE or any other medicines then consult your doctor. Never drink alcohol because you might not breathe properly and can have difficulty waking up. If you are missing a dose of Zopiclone then skip the missed dose and get back to your regular dosing schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time and do not take any extra dose to make up for a missed dose.