Lunesta (eszopiclone) is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in your brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems (insomnia).
Lunesta and Ambien are two commonly prescribed drugs for short-term use for insomnia. Lunesta is a brand name for eszopiclone. Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem.
Both of these medications belong to a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. These medications are prescribed to people ages 18 years and older who have trouble sleeping.
Taking one of these drugs may be just what you need to get a good night’s sleep. Learn more about their similarities and differences, as well as how to talk to your doctor if you think one of these drugs may be a good option for you.
What is Lunesta (Eszopiclone) used for?
What are the side effects of Lunesta (Eszopiclone)?
Eszopiclone may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking eszopiclone and get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; nausea, vomiting; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity while not fully awake and later had no memory of it. This may include walking, driving, or making phone calls. If this happens to you, stop taking eszopiclone and call your doctor right away.
Serious injury or death could occur if you walk or drive while you are not fully awake.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- anxiety, depression, aggression, agitation;
- memory problems, unusual thoughts or behavior;
- thoughts of hurting yourself; or
- confusion, hallucinations (hearing or seeing things).
Common side effects may include:
- day-time drowsiness, dizziness, “hangover” feeling;
- headache, anxiety;
- dry mouth;
- unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
- rash; or
- cold or flu symptoms such as fever, body aches, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose.
Neither Lunesta or Ambien should be taken with:
- antianxiety medications
- muscle relaxants
- narcotic pain relievers
- allergy medications
- cough and cold medications that may cause drowsiness
- sodium oxybate (used to treat muscle weakness and narcolepsy)
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medications that you take, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements or herbal products.
Don’t drink alcohol while using sleeping pills.