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What should I know before taking eszopiclone (Lunesta)?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you are over age 65, eszopiclone may not be a good option for you.

If you have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a depressive disorder, impaired liver function, or sleep apnea, eszopiclone may not be a good option for you.

Because of its potential for abuse, eszopiclone may not be a good option for people who have had a substance use problem.

If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or may be pregnany, eszopiclone may not be a good option for you. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women.

It is not known if eszopiclone is safe or effective for children and teens under 18 years of age.

If you are breastfeeding, eszopiclone may not be a good option for you. It is not known if this drug can be passed into breast milk.

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