Getting the dose accurate, includes knowledge about any treatment, understanding its function and mechanism of action.
What is Zopiclone?
Zopiclone 7.5 mg is a sleeping medication that can be taken orally and comes in the form of an oral tablet or liquid solution. It is commonly sold under the brand name Imovane.
How does Zopiclone work?
Zopiclone is used as a short-term treatment for insomnia, and through its potency, helps you fall asleep easier as well as quicker than other sleeping medications. Patients who have used this medication have reported that the therapeutic ensures peaceful and undisturbed sleep, throughout the night.
Like with all medications, it is important to follow the zopiclone dosage guidelines, enclosed in the packaging, to prevent the risk of side effects. You can refer to the recommended dosage guide on the leaflets, but it is also advisable to consult your doctor, as prescriptions may vary per individual.
This medicine is normally recommended for a period of 2 to 4 weeks. This allows your body the time it needs to get used the therapeutic and also allows the medicine the time it requires to retain its potency during that treatment period, as it may less likely have the same or similar effect if used outside this window period. This also ensures and limits product dependency, as medicines can become addictive if used for prolonged periods of time.
The recommended dosage for zopiclone sleeping tablets is 7.5 mg. A zopiclone dosage does, however, come in two different strengths, and the dosages are tailored to the patient's profile and needs. It comes in the strengths, 3.75 mg and 7.5 mg too. The most frequently used dose is 7.5 mg and this is usually taken before you go to bed. It normally takes about an hour to start working.
Dosage and strength:
Persons over the age of 65 are advised to start with a lower dosage of 3.75 mg (half of the 7.5 mg tablet). This is also the recommended dosage for persons with liver or kidney problems.
The advantages of taking a lower dosage, in this case, reduce the risk of severe side effects and also lessen the risk of excessive sleepiness as well.
The medication can be taken by swallowing the tablet whole avoid chewing or crushing it. It can be taken before or after meals. Once again, it is also advisable to ask your doctor to guide you on how to take the medication and the frequency in which you can take it too. In other cases, your doctor may advise that you take a tablet 2 to 3 nights a week, as opposed to taking it every night.
Zopiclone side effects:
This medication can cause the following side effects:
In the event that any of these side effects persist or make you uncomfortable to a point that they become unbearable, inform you doctor as soon as you can and/or seek medical attention.
This medication can be recommended for the short-term treatment of insomnia in adults. If it is needed to treat or manage insomnia, it is advised that the medicine be used in conjunction with non-pharmacological approaches. This refers to managing one's expectations about sleep duration, modifying lifestyle factors as well as psychological stress, or addressing other underlying health issues.
The long-term use of this product may cause dependence and heighten tolerance as well, which can lead to withdrawal symptoms and rebound insomnia if the medication is stopped abruptly. To avoid resurgence, it is recommended that a gradual reduction in frequency and/or dosage be followed in order to reduce the likelihood of withdrawal effects from long-term use.
The risk of rebound insomnia:
Rebound insomnia refers to what is also called a transient syndrome. This happens when the symptoms, which led to the need for the patient to take a benzodiazepine or benzodiazepine-like agent, return much stronger than they were initially, and as a result of discontinuing the therapy. This is normally accompanied by other changes in behaviour, such as restlessness, mood changes and anxiety.
Due to the high risk of rebound or withdrawal from prolonged treatment or abrupt discontinuation, reducing the dosage in a calculated manner will be a helpful means of avoiding undesirable withdrawal effects. For a successful course of treatment, the medication should be used at the lowest effective dosage, over a short period of time.
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