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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
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
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
Not much: This will have the primary effect of one dose but will cause no harm or problems. Simply a wasted extra pill. ...Read more
Typical 15min to 1hr: According to the medication action it can take somewhere between 15 minute and one hour to have effect. This depends on a lot of factors but mostly your age and also gut function of how you absorb medications. ...Read more
if not prescribed-no: Lunesta (eszopiclone) comes in 3 doses. If you were on the lowest dose and your doctor okayed it, you could take two safely. You need to make sure that you have 8 hours left to sleep. If dose or medication your doctor prescribed is not working, talk to them. May not be the right medicine or dose for you. ...Read more
Serious answer it is: What exactly are you asking about Lunesta (eszopiclone)? There is no such thing as a 20mg. tablet. Anybody who prescribes 20 mg. of Lunesta (eszopiclone) is going to overdose the patient in a seriously exaggerated fashion. Lunesta (eszopiclone) comes as 1, 2, and 3 mg. tablets. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lunesta (eszopiclone) while flying: Hypnotic meds can be useful on long flights, but there are caveats 1) Never take a medication for the first time on the plane. Adverse reactions happen. Better that they happen on the ground. 2) Take a low dose. While the idea may be appealing, it is not safe to be sedated so much that emergency responses are not possible. 3mg is a high dose for Lunesta; 1mg would be a better choice. ...Read more
After you wake up!: This may make you rather sleepy but after you wake up you should be fine. While a high dose, it is not dangerous unless you are driving or doing something that requires you to be alert. ...Read more
I accidentally took 3 3mg lunesta (eszopiclone) pills and was curiousif there isanythingi shouldworry about.
Lunesta (eszopiclone) overdose: That is three times the maximum dose of this drug. Please go to the ER for evaluation. This can cause respiratory problems and hallucinations. Someone else should drive you. Not sure how you accidentally take three sleeping pills? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Because of the timed-release feature of Lunesta, (eszopiclone) is its effectiveness compromised if a tablet is cut in half and taken?
If I took a 2mg Lunesta at 11pm, but am wide awake at 3am, can I take another, even a half (1mg)? I don't need to be up for another 8 hours. Jet lag!
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