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 271 127
Difficulty sleeping through night 103 54
insomnia 71 38
fibromyalgia 21 5
Sleep problems 20 10
Fatigue 16 6

Show all 32 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 16
Moderate 32
Mild 74
None 94

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Eszopiclone

Side effect Patients
Bad taste in mouth 29
Metallic taste in mouth 10
Hangover effect 7
Waking up during the night 7
Weird or strange dreams 7
Drowsiness 5

Show all 59 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Eszopiclone

Dosage Patients
3 mg daily 24
2 mg daily 8
3mg as needed 5
1 mg daily 4
1mg as needed 4
2 mg weekly 1
2 mg m,w,f 1
2 3mg as needed 1
2mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Eszopiclone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 102
Side effects too severe 38
Expense 35
Doctor's advice 34
Other 33
Course of treatment ended 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
Personal research 10
See all 207 patients who've stopped taking Eszopiclone

Duration

Currently taking Eszopiclone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Eszopiclone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 49
1 - 6 months 65
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 146
Usually 34
Sometimes 26
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 30
Not at all hard to take 168
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 4
$50-99 20
$25-49 38
< $25 78
Not specified 72

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Eszopiclone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Zolpidem (Ambien) 21
Trazodone (Desyrel) 7
Alprazolam (Xanax) 1
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 1
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Eszopiclone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Zolpidem (Ambien) 7
suvorexant (Belsomra) 2
Trazodone (Desyrel) 2
Doxepin (Sinequan) 1
Haloperidol (Haldol) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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29 patient evaluations for Eszopiclone

Mar 15, 2017 (Started May 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Drowsiness

Feb 4, 2011 (Started May 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I got a card from my Dr. that let me sign up for $0 copay for 1 year.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Drowsiness

  • 0 helpful marks

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.

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
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