Zopiclone is a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic drug that requires a prescription. It is commonly taken to tend to sore outbursts, especially for people who experience insomnia. If you happen to suffer difficulty in sleeping and don’t have a prescription, seek a doctor for help.
How does it work and how do you take it?
This sleeping tablet boosts the effectiveness of a chemical found in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA hinders transmission across nerves in the brain and induces a calming effect. By improving the efficacy of GABA, zopiclone improves sleep.
It is available in a tablet form, but it is also available in liquid form for people who find swallowing pills difficult. A tablet can be taken as a whole, followed by a glass of water. You can take it even if you haven’t eaten a meal. However, do not crush, break, or chew it.
It takes around an hour to take effect. If you fail to take your dose before bedtime, start the next night again. It is crucial not to take two doses at the same time. Don’t take an extra dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you accidentally have taken more than the prescribed dose, call your doctor right away for advice.
How strong is it?
Zopiclone varies in two strengths: 3.75 mg and 7.5 mg. The doctor will prescribe the appropriate strength, depending on the severity of your situation. If you are over the age of 65 years old or you currently suffer from kidney or liver problems, a lower dose of 3.75 mg may be recommended. In cases like this, a lower dosage can lower the possibility of uncontrolled sleepiness and other possible side effects.
To prevent your body from becoming dependent on the drug, you may be recommended only to take a tablet 2 or 3 times a week. Zopiclone is usually recommended for just 2 to 4 weeks. This is because your body can get used to, and after the prescribed weeks, it’s improbable to exhibit the same effect.