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What is eszopiclone (Lunesta)?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Eszopiclone (Lunesta) is FDA-approved for treating people with insomnia that involves difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or both. It works quickly to help you fall asleep and continues to work for several hours through the night.

Zolpidem, eszopiclone, and zaleplon all work in a similar but more focused way than benzodiazepines, and are less likely to cause side effects. They are also less likely to lose effectiveness when taken for many nights in a row and less likely to be habit-forming. But these problems are still concerns. They can also make insomnia worse when a person abruptly stops taking them, a condition called rebound insomnia. These drugs should be taken for as little time as possible.

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