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Is lunesta (eszopiclone) a narcotic medication?

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Dr. Chetan Patel
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In brief: No, it is a sedative

Lunesta (eszopiclone) is not a narcotic but is a sedative hypnotic.
It can cause drowsiness.

In brief: No, it is a sedative

Lunesta (eszopiclone) is not a narcotic but is a sedative hypnotic.
It can cause drowsiness.
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In brief: Narcotic Misnomer

Narcotic is a legal term. It is a sedative/hypnotic that acts at the gaba receptor leading to induction of sleep/anxiolysis.
Acts at the same receptor that other sedative/hypnotics agonize such as ethyl alcohol (etoh), benzodiazepines (eg, valium), & barbiturates (eg phenobarb.). Addiction in this class is notorious for having a particularly dangerous withdrawal syndrome (in etoh can be fatal).

In brief: Narcotic Misnomer

Narcotic is a legal term. It is a sedative/hypnotic that acts at the gaba receptor leading to induction of sleep/anxiolysis.
Acts at the same receptor that other sedative/hypnotics agonize such as ethyl alcohol (etoh), benzodiazepines (eg, valium), & barbiturates (eg phenobarb.). Addiction in this class is notorious for having a particularly dangerous withdrawal syndrome (in etoh can be fatal).
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