Lunesta, or eszopiclone, is used to treat short-term insomnia, generally for periods of one or two weeks. This prescription medication is classified as a sedative, as it has a calming effect on the user.
It’s recommended that users take this drug right before bed and only when seven to eight hours can be devoted to sleep as this will limit side effects such as short-term memory loss, dizziness, unpleasant taste, dry mouth or difficulties with coordination. Other rare side effects include depression, abnormal thoughts, hallucinations, aggressive behavior anxiety or thoughts of suicide. There have been cases of user’s sleep-walking while taking this medication and performing activities such as driving or eating while asleep.
Signs of Lunesta Addiction
Shortly after stopping Lunesta, it’s not uncommon to experience rebound insomnia or difficultly falling asleep. This is normal and generally only lasts one or two days; however, many take this as a sign that they still need the drug in order to sleep. As the user self-medicates, they find they require more of the drug in order to achieve the desired results.
When Lunesta is used for a prolonged period of time, it only becomes more difficult for the user to stop taking the drug. As dependence for the drug increases, so does the severity of withdrawal symptoms including:
- Increased fatigue
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Nausea and stomach cramps
- Seizures or tremors
- Sensitivity to the sun
If you or your loved one is struggling with Lunesta addiction, it’s important to seek the help of a qualified addiction recovery center.
At Talbott Recovery, our programs work to help those facing a dependence on Lunesta. With three locations located in Atlanta, Dunwoody, and Columbus, GA, we provide both day treatment and intensive outpatient options. Contact Talbott Recovery today to learn more about our treatment programs.