Lunesta is a sedative and a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic agent. It works by increasing the normal transmission of the neurotransmitter GABA in the central nervous system.
Lunesta is used for long-term treatment of insomnia and sleep maintenance. It is prescribed to the
patients who experience difficulty in sleeping or the people who are unable to sleep throughout the night
(sleep maintenance difficulty).
Dosage and administration
Take the tablet as a whole as per your health care professional advice.
The recommended initial dose is 2 mg in adults before bed time. Dose can be increased 3 mg if needed but
on doctor advice.
For elderly patients who face problems in falling asleep, recommended dose is 1 mg.
For non- elderly patients who face difficulty in sleep maintenance, 2 mg is recommended before bed time.
Don’t increase your dose voluntarily without doctor advice.
Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical conditions or other medications you are taking and
response to treatment.
Don’t forget to discuss with your doctor about your medical history of liver or kidney disease, respiratory
problems, mental illness, suicidal thoughts, drug abuse or if you have been taking any other medication.
During pregnancy this medicine can be used only when clearly needed. Infants born to mothers who have
taken this tablet near the time of delivery may have breathing problems or withdrawal symptoms.
The medication passed into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
You may suffer from rebound insomnia when stop taking Lunesta. Rebound insomnia is a condition of
trouble sleeping few nights after stopping the tablet.
It may be habit forming. Consistent use of Lunesta may lead to addiction.
This medicine may result in withdrawal symptoms if it has been used regularly for a long time. To reduce
such reactions, your doctor may gradually decrease the dose.
If it is taken for longer, it may stop working.
Avoid alcoholic beverages while taking Lunesta as it can worsen the effect of Alcohol.
Adverse side effects associated with Lunesta are viral infection, drowsiness, rash, unpleasant taste,
hallucination, dizziness, dry mouth, and infection. Rare effects include heartburn, constipation, nausea,
diarrhea, loss of appetite, dehydration dyspepsia, depression, sleepwalk, euphoria, lack of coordination,
speech disorder or memory loss. You must check with your health care professional expert if any side
effect persist or worsen.