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 280 128
Difficulty staying asleep 109 59
Insomnia 78 41
Fibromyalgia 22 5
Fatigue 16 6

Show all 46 reasons taken


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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 18
Moderate 32
Mild 77
None 96

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Eszopiclone

Side effect Patients
Bad taste in mouth 31
Metallic taste in mouth 10
Hangover effect 8
Waking up during the night 7
Weird or strange dreams 7
Grogginess 6

Show all 61 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Eszopiclone

Dosage Patients
3 mg daily 29
2 mg daily 8
3mg as needed 6
1 mg daily 5
1mg as needed 3
2 mg m,w,f 1
1.5 mg daily 1
3 mg every other day 1
4 mg daily 1
1 mg every 8 months 1

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Why patients stopped taking Eszopiclone

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 107
Side effects too severe 42
Doctor's advice 35
Expense 35
Other 32
Course of treatment ended 18
Change in health plan coverage 12
Personal research 12
See all 217 patients who've stopped taking Eszopiclone

Duration

Currently taking Eszopiclone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Eszopiclone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 57
1 - 6 months 64
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 146
Usually 39
Sometimes 27
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 34
Not at all hard to take 171
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 4
$50-99 20
$25-49 37
< $25 84
Not specified 74

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Eszopiclone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Zolpidem (Ambien) 28
Trazodone (Desyrel) 10
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 2
Alprazolam (Xanax) 1
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Eszopiclone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Zolpidem (Ambien) 11
Trazodone (Desyrel) 3
Prazosin (Minipress) 2
suvorexant (Belsomra) 2
Temazepam (Restoril) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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29 patient evaluations for Eszopiclone

May 1, 2018 (Started Apr 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (grogginess)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I ended up having to stop taking the Lunesta because it made me too tired in the mornings. I would wake up and get up but then as soon as I would sit down somewhere, I would be back to sleep. That was no good. Also, when I moved back on Grace Ann Trail by myself I was afraid of taking the Lunesta and watching the woodstove by myself. I didn´t think that having the woodstove and taking sleeping pills was a good combination. My insomnia is so bad that I finally had to talk to the doctor again and tell him about my terrible sleeping. I told him that the 3mg Lunesta was too strong for me so we decided that maybe 1mg Lunesta would be just right for me but it is not strong enough. I have been taking 2 of them when I need to take them. I can not take the sleeping pill unless I have at least 7 hours in bed so I can lay in bed not sleeping and then decide that I want to take a sleeping pill. I have to decide right away. Some nights I take 2 of them to fall asleep. That works. I never get out of bed to take them.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 28, 2010 (Started Apr 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I have started to take the Lunesta again. I only take it occasionally. I know the nights that I need it before I ever go to bed. Whenever I know that I MUST get up in the morning then I take my Lunesta so that I can fall asleep and wake up feeling refreshed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 1, 2009 (Started Apr 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: When you see the Lunesta butterfly on the TV that is exactly how you feel when you take the Lunesta. You just gently fall asleep. The reason I stopped taking the Lunesta was my PCP increased my Lortab to 3 per day so now I am able to fall asleep. My pain is no longer keeping me awake at bedtime and my mind no longer races at bedtime. It is like the sleeping pills have retrained my mind to sleep
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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

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Feb 8, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty staying asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • 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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