Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Zopiclone?
Zopiclone is known, in the medical field, as a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic. Because this drug is sedating, it is sold as a sleeping pill, which also falls under the Z-drugs class. The reason why this medication is known, to most people, as Z-drug is because there are quite a few medicines for sleep that start with the letter “Z.”
What Is Treated with Zopiclone?
- Waking up at night (one time or more than once)
- Having trouble falling and staying asleep
- Waking up early (morning hours)
- Patients who experience severe distress (due to the lack of proper sleep)
- Stimulus-control therapy
- Patients with particular psychiatric disorders (due to the lack of sleep)
When Taking Zopiclone?
This medication is prescribed to reduce the number of times a patient wakes up during the night or just has a difficult time falling asleep. Zopiclone increases the number of hours of sleep; thus, allowing a user to get a proper night of sleep.
How Does It Work?
Zopiclone activates a neurotransmitter called Gamma – Aminobutyric Acid, which is located in the Central Nervous System (CNS) by modulating the benzodiazepine receptors.
Before Purchasing Zopiclone Online
One thing that people take for granted is talking to their doctor before purchasing any medication. The reason why it is of vital importance to have such consultations with a professional in the medical field is the variety of health conditions that can make a patient worse. Below is a list of some of the health problems that can prevent you from using Zopiclone.
Consult with your doctor, especially if you have any of the following problems:
- Drug and alcohol abuse (or history of such) because Dependence may develop
- Mental depression
- Lung problems such as Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, or other chronic problems related to the lungs
- Sleep apnea. When taking Zopiclone with this type of medical condition, the drug can make a patient worse
- Myasthenia gravis
- Liver disease. When this health problem is severe, higher blood levels of the sleeping pill may increase the chances of unpleasant reactions
- Kidney disease
- If you know that you are allergic to Zopiclone or any of its ingredients, you must seek the opinion of a doctor. Tell your GP if you had or currently have allergies to certain food, preservatives, dyes, or even animals. If you are taking medications over the counter, always read the ingredients.
Allergic reactions may lead to the following symptoms:
- Trouble talking or even breathing
- Skin rash – may include blistered or peeling skin, redness, swollenness, itchiness
- Swelling of the face – may include tongue, mouth, or throat
- Tightness in the throat (due to swelling) or chest
No case study was done for children. Zopiclone is usually prescribed to patients who are 18 years old and above.
Elderly people are more likely to respond to the side effects of Zopiclone because they are more sensitive than younger adults. The following unpleasant reactions may appear – lack of coordination, falling, and confusion.
Although there was a case study done on pregnant women while taking Zopiclone, there were no signs of dangers to the mother or unborn. Nonetheless, it is still important to talk to a medical professional before the use of the sleeping pills.
Studies have shown that there are no risks when an infant is exposed to the medicine. However, the benefits and potential risks have to be discussed with a doctor before Zopiclone is prescribed.
Zopiclone Tablets and Interactions with Medications
The use of the sleeping pills in combination with other drugs could potentially lead to mild or severe interactions. Before buying Zopiclone in the UK, consult with a healthcare professional and provide a list with all medications (whether prescribed or over the counter) that you have taken in the past or are currently taking. Below is a list of other medicines that interact with Zopiclone, but the list does not include all of the drugs.
In some cases, your doctor may allow you to take the current medications you are taking along with Zopiclone but he or she may adjust (reduce) the dose or the frequency of use of the sleeping pill in order to avoid potential problems.
- Morphine Sulfate Liposome
- Sodium Oxybate
- Antibiotics prescribed to treat infections such as Erythromycin or Clarithromycin
- Drugs that treat fungal infections such as Itraconazole, or Ketoconazole
- Medications that treat HIV such as Ritonavir
Other Medications include:
- Drugs prescribed for Schizophrenia
- Bipolar disorder
- Anesthetics (drugs used during surgeries)
- Medications for sleeping problems
- Rashes, hay fever
- Other drugs or sedatives for sleeping problems
Zopiclone and Interactions with Tobacco, Food, and Alcohol
Although it may be surprising, certain medications do interact with alcohol, food, and even tobacco. When taking particular drugs, you need to inform your doctor first (before taking any drugs) because interactions may occur. So, to be on the safe side, make sure that you discuss everything with your healthcare provider first!
Is It Safe to Take Zopiclone?
Generally, Zopiclone is safe to take. There were even successful reports of studies where pregnant women were taking the medication. However, the pregnant women were under medical supervision while taking Zopiclone. This sleeping pill is not for everyone though. That is why a patient must consult with their doctor first because certain health conditions can lead to risks as well as the use of other medications because Zopiclone does interact with other drugs, which should not be combined.
The information presented here might appear alarming but the side effects listed here do not occur with every patient. In fact, only 1 in 100 people experience or face negative reactions to the medication! Usually, the side effects listed below do happen mainly with seniors, when the medication is not taken as instructed by their doctor, when Zopiclone is mixed with other drugs, or when the sleeping pills are taken while a patient has certain medical conditions. That is why it is imperative to consult with a healthcare provider who can properly determine if Zopiclone is the right medication for you!
NOTE: While taking the Zopiclone tablets, do not drink alcohol of any kind because the risk of eating, sleepwalking, and even driving (while asleep) will significantly increase. The same effects may also occur if a patient takes more than the recommended dose!
Common and Less Common Side Effects:
|v Agitation||v Weight loss||v Vomiting (common for seniors||v Upset stomach|
|v Constipation||v Impaired vision||v Difficulty speaking||v Appetite changes (increased or reduced)|
|v Dry mouth||v Dizziness||v Sweating (common for seniors)||v Increased saliva (common for seniors)|
|v Irregular, fast or pounding heartbeat (common for seniors)||v Burning, tingling or prickly sensation||v Shaking and trembling of legs, feet, arms, and fingers (common for seniors)||v A feeling of heavy legs or arms (or both)|
|v Bitter taste in mouth||v Indigestion||v heartburn|
Most of the side effects appear when Zopiclone is prescribed to elderly. Thus, a consultation is a must. Also, most of the unpleasant reactions (listed above) that people experience do happen very rarely.
If one or more of the rare side effects listed below occur, you need to inform your doctor right away:
- Changes in the behavior
- Confusion (common for seniors)
- Shortness of breath and labored breathing, or difficulty breathing
- Severe drowsiness
- Anxiety or restlessness during the day
- Improper coordination (common for seniors)
- Unsteadiness or clumsiness (common for seniors)
- Withdrawal effects such as vomiting, sweating, seizures, abdominal cramps, tremors (shaking)
- Memory problems (more common for seniors)
- Any signs of depression such as changes and weight sleep, poor concentration, thoughts of suicide, reduced interest in activities.
Serious Side Effects Include:
- Amnesia – loss of memory
- Hallucinations – hearing or seeing things that are not real
- Delusions -thinking of things that are not true
- Falling – especially elderly
- Depression – feeling sad or low.
If any of these side effects happen, contact your doctor! Although these situations are less likely to occur, a patient must be aware in order to take the necessary action.
How to Take Zopiclone?
The information presented below is general, and you must take the drug as directed by your healthcare provider! If your doctor has told you to take a different dose and the number of times you can take it, do not follow the recommended dose described below!!!
Usually, the starting dose is 3.75 mg, which is taken before going to bed – allowing the medication to work. The recommended doses are either 3.75 mg or 7.5 mg. The maximum dose prescribed to seniors is 5 mg daily or to patients who have kidney or liver problems or are taking certain medications. Zopiclone should not be taken more than a period of 7 to 10 days unless your doctor has told you otherwise.
It is very important that patients who are taking Zopiclone do not stop the medication suddenly without talking to their doctor first. In some cases, your GP may prescribe another drug that will help you slowly get off from the sleeping pill.
Do not take Zopiclone if:
- You need to be functional or active
- You need to drive or when mental alertness is required
Also, do not take more than the recommended dose because ti takes about 12 hours for the medication to clear out of your system. Otherwise, memory lapses or impaired judgment may occur in these situations.
How to Store Zopiclone
Keep the sleeping pills out of the reach of children! Store at room temperature and away from moisture and light.
How to Dispose of the Sleeping Pills
Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have already expired.
DO NOT DISPOSE OF ANY MEDICATIONS:
- In wastewater such as toilet or sink
- In household garbage.
Medications should be properly disposed of because children and even pets may accidentally become in contact with them, and that, of course, can result in very unpleasant situations. Therefore, make sure that you speak with a professional in the medical field of how to properly dispose of any medications you might have at home.
DISCLAIMER: all of the information above is provided to the best of our knowledge. Before making any purchases, clients are responsible to talk to their doctors first! All customers must be at least 18 years old or more in order to make a purchase. Existing and potential clients should not use the information above to make a decision of whether or not they should buy Zopiclone!