Imovane is the brand name of Zopiclone and it is a drug to treat sleeping difficulties. Zopiclone is referred to as a “Z-drug” colloquially. Zaleplon and zolpidem are other Z drugs and were primarily considered to be less addictive than benzodiazepines.
Zopiclone is a prescribed sleeping pill and is commonly used for treating patients with serious sleep disorder. It encourages you to sleep easily and encourages you either to avoid waking during the night hours, or to get up early in the morning generally.
The brain releases chemicals that helps the body to be relaxed normally. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is one of these chemicals which relaxing the body. Zopiclone functions by increasing GABA effects and this helps the brain to be relaxed and encourages you to fall asleep easily.
It takes just a few minutes to work. Once you take it you will feel sleepy, therefore, you should take it before bedtime directly.
Two strengths of Zopiclone are available: 3.75mg and 7.5mg. The doctor will determine the intensity to take based on the riskiness.
The normal dosage is one tablet of Zopiclone should be taken before sleeping. In elderly (people over 65 years old), a decreased dosage (half a tablet) is advised. Lower dose decreases the risk of excessively drowsiness states, which may cause dropping down that can lead to broken legs and thighs. A short period of time is usually recommended by the doctor for taking the drug, it can be 10 days or less.
The medication should be taken before sleeping by mouth. Typically, zopiclone is taken for just one month or less. After the fourth week of using Zopiclone would be less efficient. If the drug is used after the fourth week, there is a high chance of addiction. It can’t be used long-term because the body is facilely adapting with the drug, thus, after a period of time of using it, it will lose its potency.
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If you forget to take the dose on time, resume your day and take your usual dose in the next day. Never take 2 doses at the same time to compensate the one you missed.
Pregnant women should not buy Zopiclone and use it. Because it can affect the developing process of the baby. It may also cause some side effects for the infants and newborn babies.
Some researches indicated that taking Zopiclone during pregnancy may cause a premature birth and the baby will be underweighted as well.
Zopiclone may cause weaknesses overall health in the body in people awake at night or the next morning. Hip fractures and falling down cases which caused by dizziness are consistently reported. These impairments may be increased with consumption of alcohol. Zopiclone rises postural sway and cognitive side effects, moreover it increases the number of falls in elderly people and these falls are a major cause of death in the elderly. For that reason, elderly should not buy zopiclone and use it.
Zopiclone is removed much slower than usual in people who suffer from liver disease and also suffer from extreme pharmacological effects of the medication.
Headaches, drowsiness, sleepiness, dizziness, dry mouth, stomachaches – just in the first days as your body adapting with the medication–, bitter taste in mouth.
inform your doctor if you feel that the side effects have developed, for example, if you feel that your heart beating increased or became irregular. If you suffer from skin rash, vision changes, slurred voice, extreme sleepiness, memory loss, memory impairment, confusion, sadness, irritability or any other behavior disorders.
Severe side effects are unusual to occur, so you have to contact your doctor if you: Seeing or hearing things that is unreal (hallucinations), start losing memory (amnesia), feeling down or sad – this may be a symptom of depression, falling down – if you are elderly –, thinking things are not genuine – this is considered illusions –
It is difficult to get addicted to zopiclone if you only take it for a few weeks. If you use Zopiclone for more than 4 weeks, there is a possibility that you may become addicted to it. Seek a medical advice from your doctor or the pharmacist that you will buy Zopiclone from about stopping the drug. They will help you to get rid of the drug eventually If you are afraid of becoming Zopiclone addicted, or if you have used it for a long period of time.
You may experience withdrawal symptoms, if you stopped the drug abruptly without informing your doctor, so you have to contact your doctor first before stopping it.
Withdrawal symptoms occur when you feel that you have lack of sleep more strongly than before. You may also feel nervous, anxious, your mood get changed easily, and be sensitive toward the light. Talk to your doctor about stopping Zopiclone. They will help you to get rid of it gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms. However, if you take Zopiclone for a month or less, there is high chance of not having or experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
Do not use this drug if you: allergic to zopiclone or to any of its ingredients, have extreme breathing issues, have extreme hepatic disorder, or having sleep apnea.