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Treats insomnia: Lunesta (eszopiclone) is a medication specifically intended to treat insomnia. It has a short duration of action and does not interfere with normal sleep patterns as much as medications like benadryl, trazodone, or benzodiazepines (ativan, xanax, Klonopin etc). It has an abuse and dependence potential. Patients may have withdrawal symptoms if taking for an extended period of time. ...Read more
Sleep Aid 1-3 mg : Lunesta (eszopiclone) or Eszopiclone is a short-acting nonbenzodiazepine sedative. This means that it is not as addictive as benzodiazepines, but it does carry a small risk. Side effects include metallic taste, daytime sleepiness, lightheadedness, dry mouth, upset stomach, headaches, etc. Like all sleep aids, it is useful temporarily and best with sleep hygiene. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why would md prescribe lunesta instead of rozerem (ramelteon)? Besides the mechanism of action and lunesta being a controlled drug. Which one is better per se?
Everyone is differen: Rozerem (ramelteon) is a melatonin analog and sometimes takes days to work. Lunesta works quickly, sometimes too fast. Lunesta, like Ambien can cause someone to go from awake to asleep without feeling tired btn. Therefore go to bed right after taking. Some have had sleep walking and fallen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antidepressant combination is it ok to take celaxa 20mg and 150mg of amitriptyline at a time? My doctor prescribed this and said to take the celexa in the morning and the amitriptyline at night because it will help me sleep. I also take lunesta that help
Hello. : Hello. The Amitriptyline is an older type of antidepressant called tricyclic antidepressants. Amitriptyline is not very good for depression because you would get a ton of side effects before you reached an effective dose. However, Amitriptyline has the side effect of being very sedating, so it often used for this. The Celexa (citalopram) is a newer type of antidepressant medication called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. It is used for depression, ptsd, anxiety etc. Yes, it is alright to mix Amitriptyline to celexa (citalopram). Good luck with your new regimen. ...Read more
I usually take 3 mg of lunesta (eszopiclone) and it works. I took three milligrams two hours ago and am wide awake. Can i take another 3 mg of lunesta (eszopiclone)?
Maybe yes, maybe no.: The full answer is complex and may require meeting with a sleep specialist. The short answer is that all drugs have adverse effects, some overt and other more subtle. Lunesta (eszopiclone) and its close cousins are effective for short term insomnia but have not been shown to be successful for long term management. There is also some evidence for dependence and odd overnight behaviors. ...Read more
Overdosing: Taking three times the maximum of an addictive and dangerous sleeping medication is not sane, safe, or wise. The answer is no. Overdoing it will not add to the ability of sleep or the quality of sleep and can lead to seizures and other dangerous physical results. Please stop. Please go speak to your physician and tell them you have developed tolerance to this medication. ...Read more
In some yes: Toxic for sure. First alcohol and sedatives do not mix because of the respiratory depressant effect. Also 30 of any prescribed medication or otherwise is excessive. If you or someone you know has discussed this, assess seriousness as this could be cry for help and immediate attention is needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers