Eszopiclone is a sleep medicine that is prescribed to treat insomnia in adults. The medication, which comes in a tablet form that is taken immediately before bedtime, has proven to be effective in helping people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. The most common side effects seen in people taking it include drowsiness and headache. Since the medicine is part of a class of drugs called sedatives/hypnotics, it is considered a controlled substance and should be used with caution.

What Is Eszopiclone?

Eszopiclone (Lunesta®) is a prescription sleep medication used for insomnia treatment. It is part of a class of medications called sedatives or hypnotics.
(Click What Is Eszopiclone Used For? for more information on the drug's uses, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with eszopiclone. However, not everyone who takes it will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate the medicine well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
The most common side effects of this medication include:
  • Unpleasant taste
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness.
(Click Side Effects of Eszopiclone to learn more about specific side effects, including serious side effects to look out for.)
You can also read about other possible side effects by going to the following eMedTV articles:

Eszopiclone (Lunesta)

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