Drug: Zopiclone

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What is Zopiclone?


Zopiclone, a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic drug, is used to cure insomnia. It makes patients fall asleep quicker and stay asleep for longer time. It is known as a “Z-drug” among the medicines class and works through altering the way signals are sent in the brain hence calming it down and making one fall asleep.


Uses of Zopiclone


Zopiclone is mainly used for short-term case of insomnia. For example it has been found helpful when sleeping difficulty becomes so debilitating or distressing for the patient. This medicine will be prescribed just for some days or few weeks because of possibility of dependence and tolerance.


Potential Side Effects

Zopiclone like other drugs may cause side effects in some individuals; however, not all people will get them. Such side effects include drowsiness, dry mouth, metallic taste in mouth; less common adverse reactions incorporate giddiness, headache, gastrointestinal disturbances such as nausea.

In case you experience any negative outcomes particularly if they last long or become worse should be consulted with medical practitioner.


Dosage and Administration

The average dose for adults recommended before going to bed with 7.5mg dosage remains standard, but your doctor can also adjust this depending on age, health status and response to therapy. Do not exceed the required dosage without asking your doctor first or continue using Zopiclone for more than several days.


Important Considerations

Prior to taking Zopiclone, you should let your doctor know about your medical history, particularly if you have liver or kidney disease, breathing difficulties, and drug problems. The use of Zopiclone can lead to addiction that is why it must be supervised by healthcare professionals.

Furthermore, after long-term administration of zopiclone one must not quit using the drug abruptly to avoid withdrawal syndrome but instead have his/her dosage gradually decreased under medical supervision.



Zopiclone is an effective medication for the short-term treatment of insomnia, helping many people with their sleep patterns. However it has potential side effects and also can cause dependency like any other medication. By understanding its use in terms of treating insomnia for short periods, as well as its side effects may occur together with some important precautions serving as barriers to its safe and effective use will help patients to collaborate with their health care providers.


Please note that this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a healthcare professional before starting or changing treatment.


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