Is Lunesta 1mg Strong Enough To Work For Sleep?
In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses whether or not Lunesta 1mg is strong enough to be effective in treating insomnia.
Is 1mg of Lunesta enough to sleep?
Lunesta (eszopiclone) is a sedative hypnotic medication indicated for the treatment of insomnia. Lunesta has some similar properties to other sedative hypnotic medication such as benzodiazepines but has advantages over these when it comes to sleep induction.
Lunesta is much less likely to cause a next day hangover effect or cognitive/motor function impairment like some other hypnotics. This is due to the fact that the primary metabolites of Lunesta are not active so the active effects of the medication do not linger in your system.
Lunesta should be given immediately before sleep as its onset of action is very fast. Lunesta should be given at a starting dose of 1 mg, taken with at least seven to eight hours of time before planned time of awakening. The dose may be titrated (i.e. increased) up to 2mg to 3mg nightly, but these doses increase the risk of side effects. The lowest possible effective dose of Lunesta should be utilized. Lunesta should be given with a full glass of water on an empty stomach as food can decrease the rate of onset as well as overall effect of the medication.
Common drugs that can interact with Lunesta include but are not limited to:
- St. Johns Wort
- Anti-fungal medication (ketoconazole, fluconazole)
Common side effects you may experience while taking Lunesta include but are not limited to:
- Depressed mood
- Sleep walking
- Motor or cognitive impairment
- Dizziness/daytime "hangover" effect
You should let your doctor know about any side effects you may be experiencing while taking Lunesta.