Lunesta Information

November 25, 2008

in Lunesta, Sleeping Pills

I had a bunch of people email me about Lunesta! Remember I am not a doctor, I just do research on topics people want to know about and display it here. With that said, please follow the medical advice of your doctor!

Lunesta is a non-narcotic sleep medicine for adults that aids in falling asleep. It is made especially for persons suffering from insomnia, helping them stay asleep for up to 7-8 hours.

How it Works

Lunesta helps the body fall asleep and stay asleep by enhancing the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is a chemical in the brain that controls sleep. It induces sleep by relaxing the body and the mind.

Benefits

Good thing about Lunesta is that it does not create drug tolerance, which means that it can be taken either in a short term or long term without losing its effectiveness and as well as without having to depend on the drug.

Some sleep medications will create rebound insomnia once the person stops taking the medication. That means that the person will experience a more severe case of insomnia compared to what he or she experienced before taking a medication. People taking Lunesta will have a low risk of developing rebound insomnia.

Possible Side Effects

The most common side effects of this drug are drowsiness, headache, dizziness, common cold-like symptoms, dry mouth and unpleasant taste in the mouth.

There are also possible serious side effects such as memory loss and anxiety. The person may also experience and manifest abnormal thoughts and behaviors such as agitation, confusion, hallucination, aggressiveness, suicidal attempts and depression. Severe allergic reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat or tongue and nausea and vomiting.

Risks of Lunesta

Lunesta is not indicated for everyone. Persons that are contraindicated in taking Lunesta are those having health conditions like liver diseases. Persons with history of addiction, drug abuse, drug abuse, mental illness, suicidal attempts and depression are also contraindicated from taking Lunesta. Women who are pregnant, breast-feeding and planning to become pregnant are also not allowed to take the medication.

Availability

Lunesta is available in a tablet form that comes in 1-, 2- and 3-mg.

When to use it

It is necessary to take Lunesta exactly as prescribed by the doctor. It should be taken with a glass of water right before going to bed. It should not be taken during a meal or right after a meal. It is not advisable to take Lunesta together with alcoholic beverages or with medications that can make you drowsy or sleepy.

What Lunesta-users Need to Know

* It is necessary to inform your doctor about all medications (vitamins, herbal supplements, prescription and nonprescription medicines) that you are currently taking because Lunesta may create interactions with some medications that can cause serious side effects.

* Lunesta may cause drowsiness that may last until the following day. It is necessary that you should avoid activities such as driving until you feel fully awake.

* If you still continue to experience insomnia or if it worsens within 7-10 days despite taking the medication on time, you need to call your doctor.

* If overdose occurs, it is necessary to call a poison control center or your doctor for an emergency treatment.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

jhellie_baby November 28, 2008 at 5:04 am

I have a friend who is suffering from insomnia. She can hardly fall asleep until around 4 in the morning. I’ll tell her about this kind of sleeping pill. Maybe this can help her fall asleep.

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julia jimmysdevoted) December 4, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Lunesta warnings. Theer are some very serious side effects from lunesta. similar to the side effects of Ambien.
Lunesta is a CNS depressant and can compromise normal autonomic nervous systems functions. If a patient suffers even from mild depression serious side effects can be shown to be exacerbated.
Somnabulism occurs in 1 out of 12 patients( sleep walking,sleep eating) and there have been incidences of psychosis even after 1 dose.

In my opinion its not really worth it. This drug can become habit forming.

julie

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Jen_13_13 December 8, 2008 at 2:42 am

In my personal opinion as someone who’s taken Lunesta (and virtually everything else on the market for sleep), don’t take this one. I must be that 1 in 12, but I was sleep eating as a side effect of this one and I’ve NEVER done anything like that before.

Also, with both Lunesta and Ambien there would be mornings when I’d look around about 10 or 10:30 and have absolutely no memory of how I got to the office. That scared me into stopping right then and there.

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Olechka-persik December 9, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Thanks for post. Nice to see such good ideas.

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Wildwoman December 15, 2008 at 9:18 am

I had heard about this medicine before but was reluctant to speak with my doctor about it as medicines tend to bother me to aid in sleep. But now after reading this article I am seriously considering it now,thanks!

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butterfly_kiss May 21, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I have tried EVERY SINGLE over-the-counter sleep aid,Ambien, Restoril & Lunesta. With Ambien,i forgot taking my kids to school,so I stopped taking it. it helped me sleep solid for 4 hrs. Restoril helps better,if taken on empty stomach. Lunesta,by far,has been the best. I get an after-taste that lasts into the next day. i’d take the after-taste ANY DAY,if I can get a TRULY RESTFUL night of sleep.

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lin July 17, 2009 at 11:12 pm

I have taken Lunesta just 3 times. I really thought it worked pretty good as far as sleeping.
Then I went to fix my lunch which was to be left overs andthey were gone.
Yes I guess I heated them because there was a dirty plate in the sink, added salsa as the bottle was in the trash and cheddar cheese. Found a bag of chips opened and some gone to go with my tasty mexican food.
I live alone and had I not found the evidence I would not have believed it.
I have no memory of doing any of this.
I do not know where I ate the food.
I also found the front door unlocked and have no idea if I went anywhere.

If you live alone you might want to think about taking this sleeping pill.
Darn!!

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