Zopiclone is used for short term treatment of conditions such as insomnia (sleep problems).
It may be given to you for other reasons. Do check with your doctor what you are taking this for.
Potential side effects
All medicines may cause side effects. However, many people do not experience them.
Most of the side effects listed here will improve with time. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if they persist, become bothersome or worsen.
Do not drive or operate any machinery. You may still feel sleepy the day after you take this medication. Avoid doing tasks that call for you to be alert until you feel fully awake.
Serious side effects
Seek medical help as soon as possible if you have any of the following signs or symptoms.
Take note that the side effects listed here are not exhaustive. Do seek medical attention if you have other symptoms that you think may be related to this medicine.
What do I need to tell my doctor before I take this medicine?
This medicine may interact with a number of other medicines. This is particularly the case for medicines which may alter your mood, certain painkillers and other medicines which may cause drowsiness. Inform your doctor if you are taking or intend to take other medicines or supplements.
Avoid alcohol while taking this medicine.
Zopiclone can be taken with or without food, before your bedtime.
Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the medicine label or as advised by the pharmacist.
Long term use of this medicine, especially at high doses, may result in dependence. You may start to rely on this medicine and experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it. Repetitive use of this medicine may also result in reduced effectiveness, even at the same dose.
To prevent this from occurring
If you have been taking this medicine on a regular basis for some time, consult your doctor on the appropriate way to discontinue this medicine. Sudden discontinuation of this medicine may result in withdrawal symptoms such as increased anxiety, sleep disturbances and headache. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if such symptoms occur.
Avoid taking alcohol while you are on this medicine as it will cause excessive drowsiness.
This medicine is usually taken on an as need basis, do not take it more often than told by your doctor.
If taken on a regular basis take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one at your usual timing. Do not take more than one dose at the same time or during the same day. (Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses).
If you take more than the dose prescribed to you by your doctor, consult your doctor or health care professional immediately.
Throw away any unused or expired medicines. Consult your medical professional if you are unsure with respect to how to safely dispose of any excess medicines/expired medicines.
What are the things I need to know or look out for while on this medicine?
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