Imovane is a drug that helps you and relieves you from sleep disturbances.
How it works
Imovane (Zopiclone) is a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic agent that is commonly used to treat insomnia. It is a cyclopyrrolone. Zopiclone belongs to the group of medicines called the Central Nervous System depressants.
The properties of Imovane include inducing anxiolytic, hypnotic, anticonvulsant and myorelaxant properties.
This medication is used for the short term treatment of sleeping disorders such as insomnia and helps the patient sleep easily, without any trouble. Long term treatment is not recommended as dependence on the drug could arise.
Imovane comes in two forms, a 5 mg tablet and a 7.5 mg tablet.
The standard adult dosage of Imovane is one tablet before you go to bed.
Imovane is mostly used for the short term treatment of insomnia, ranging from 2-4 weeks, and is not recommended for long term use.
Imovane has to be administered only if you are able to take a full night’s sleep, before you need to wake up again. It’s to be taken in a single intake.
If the patient is over the years of 65, half a tablet is recommended.
Some of the very common side effects of taking this medication are;
Bitter taste in your mouth
The less common side effects are;
Change in appetite
Vomiting and nausea
Other behaviours while asleep
Consuming alcohol while you are taking this medication can cause the increased risk of sleep walking. The risks are greater if you take more than the recommended dose.
Some of this medication might cause memory loss, this is usually not a problem is a person falls asleep right after taking the medication.
If any of the following occur, immediately consult a doctor;
Swelling of the face
Swelling of the lips and mouth
Difficulty in breathing
Because this medication makes you sleepy, do not administer imovane if you are about to do an activity that requires alertness and a lot of energy.
Do not drive for 12 hours after you take this medication.
Do not take this medication if you;
Have severe liver diseases
Have sleep apnea
Have breathing difficulties
Have myasthenia gravis
Let your doctor or pharmacist know if you are allergic to zopclone or any other ingredient that is found in this medication.
Do not take this medication when a full night’s sleep is not possible, as your body needs time to eliminate the medication from your system.
Do not exceed the duration of time you are supposed to administer this medication as this could be habit forming and you can become extremely dependent on it.
It’s alright to administer Imovane while you are pregnant, however, not for longer than you are supposed to. Stick to the duration your doctor has given you.
Adminstration of this medication during pregnancy is not recommended as it could pass onto breast milk and affect the infant.