What is Eszopiclone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lunesta

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Eszopiclone is an hypnotic and nonbenzodiazepine used for the treatment of insomnia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Insomnia 258 119
Difficulty sleeping through night 93 50
Insomnia 65 34
Fibromyalgia 21 5
Sleep problems 21 10
Fatigue 16 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 15
Moderate 31
Mild 67
None 89

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Eszopiclone

Side effect Patients
Bad taste in mouth 24
Metallic taste in mouth 10
Hangover effect 7
Waking up during the night 7
Weird or strange dreams 7
Insomnia 6

Show all 60 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Eszopiclone

Dosage Patients
3 mg daily 15
2 mg daily 5
1 mg daily 3
2mg as needed 2
3mg as needed 2
2 mg weekly 1
2 mg m,w,f 1

Why patients stopped taking Eszopiclone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 100
Side effects too severe 38
Expense 35
Doctor's advice 34
Other 30
Course of treatment ended 16
Change in health plan coverage 12
Personal research 10
See all 200 patients who’ve stopped taking Eszopiclone

Duration

Currently taking Eszopiclone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Eszopiclone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 48
1 - 6 months 64
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 137
Usually 30
Sometimes 26
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 156
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 4
$50-99 19
$25-49 36
< $25 71
Not specified 68

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Eszopiclone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Zolpidem (Ambien) 14
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 1
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 1
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 1

Patients stopped taking Eszopiclone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Zolpidem (Ambien) 5
Trazodone (Desyrel) 2
Doxepin (Sinequan) 1
Haloperidol (Haldol) 1
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching to

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29 patient evaluations for Eszopiclone

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The-Gig
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The-Gig
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
Description:M59y
FM:20y Dx
CFS:12y Dx
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See The-Gig's full Eszopiclone history

Feb 8, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lunesta was part of the best "cocktail" of meds & the most effective. Had to stop taking it because Iowa Medicaid changed companies they used for prescription coverage.

  • 0 helpful marks
rodolptte24
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rodolptte24
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 4
Mania: 0
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
38 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar II

See rodolptte24's full Eszopiclone history

Aug 14, 2015 (Started Aug 11, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Bitter taste)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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Towanda
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Towanda
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
63 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

See Towanda's full Eszopiclone history

Oct 15, 2014 (Started Jan 20, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Watch out for excessive sleepiness or not remembering what you are doing after taking this medication
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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