HOW DOES THIS MEDICATION WORK? WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?
Zopiclone 7.5mg belongs to the class of medications called sedative-hypnotics. It is used for the short-term and symptomatic relief of sleep disturbances. Zopiclone can help with difficulty falling asleep, frequent wake-ups during the night, or early morning awakenings. Zopiclone 7.5mg should usually not be taken for more than 7 to 10 consecutive days.
Each white, round, biconvex, film-coated tablet, imprinted “TEC” on one side and “213C” on the other, contains 5 mg of Zopiclone 7.5mg . Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium phosphate dihydrate, cornstarch, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, maltodextrin, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, sodium croscarmellose, titanium dioxide, and triacetin.
Each oval, film-coated, blue tablet, marked “TEC 213” on one side and scored on the other, contains 7.5 mg of zopiclone. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium phosphate dihydrate, cornstarch, D&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, maltodextrin, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, sodium croscarmellose, titanium dioxide, and triacetin.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here,do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take this medication when a full night’s sleep is not possible or before you would need to be active and functional.Impaired judgement and memory lapses may occur in such situations. Your body needs time to eliminate the medication from your system. Wait at least 12 hours after taking-this medication before driving or engaging in other activities that require mental alertness.
WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE ZOPICLONE 7.5MG?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to zopiclone or any ingredients of this medication
- have myasthenia gravis
- have severe breathing difficulties
- have severe liver disease
- have sleep apnea
WHAT SIDE EFFECTS ARE POSSIBLE WITH THIS MEDICATION?
Many medications can cause side-effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side-effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side-effect listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
The following side-effect have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this-medication. Many of these side-effect can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don’t happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
- behaviour changes
- clumsiness or unsteadiness (more common for seniors)
- confusion (more common for seniors)
- daytime anxiety or restlessness
- difficult or laboured breathing
- difficulty with coordination (more commons for seniors)
- drowsiness (severe)
- memory problems (more common for-seniors)
- shortness of breath
- signs of depression (e.g., poor concentration, changes in weight, changes in sleep, decreased interest in activities, thoughts of suicide)
- withdrawal effects (e.g., abdominal cramps, vomiting, sweating, tremor, seizures)
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
- signs of a serious allergic reaction (e.g., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat)
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed.Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER PRECAUTIONS OR WARNINGS FOR THIS MEDICATION?
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Alcohol use: The use of zopiclone after consuming alcohol increases the risk of severe side effects such as breathing difficulty and performing activities while not being aware or awake. Alcohol should not be consumed if you are taking Zopiclone 7.5mg .
Anxiety or restlessness: An increase in daytime anxiety or restlessness has been observed during treatment with zopiclone.
Bad taste in mouth: Zopiclone may cause you to have a coated tongue, bad breath, or a bitter taste in your mouth. These effects often occur when this medication is being used.
Behaviour changes: This medication may worsen symptoms of depression, including thoughts of suicide or wanting to harm others. It may also cause agitated or aggressive behaviour. If you experience these symptoms or any other behaviour change while taking this-medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Family members or caregivers of people who are taking this medication should contact the person’s doctor immediately if they notice unusual behaviour changes.
Confusion: This medication affects mental efficiency (e.g., concentration, attention, and vigilance). The risk of confusion is greater for seniors and those with brain damage.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Zopiclone 7.5mg can cause excessive drowsiness and decreased mental alertness. Do not operate heavy machinery or drive after taking this medication. Wait at least 12 hours after taking this-medication before driving or engaging in other activities that require mental alertness.
Medical conditions: If you have depression, breathing problems, or liver impairment, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Performing activities while not fully awake: People taking Zopiclone 7.5mg may perform activities such as sleepwalking, driving, preparing and eating food, and making phone calls while not fully awake and unaware of their actions. The next morning, they may not remember what happened. This may be more likely to occur if you use alcohol or other sedative medications. If you discover this has happened to you, contact your doctor immediately.
Withdrawal: Zopiclone can become habit-forming. Withdrawal symptoms similar to those occurring with related substances, including alcohol, have been observed after stopping the medication suddenly (after having taken it regularly over a period of time). These symptoms include:
- abdominal cramps
- extreme anxiety
- memory impairment
- muscle pain
- sleep problems such as rebound insomnia
Pregnancy: The safety of using this medication during pregnancy has not been established. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medicatione, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: This medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Zopiclone 7.5mg , it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of Zopiclone 7.5mg have not been established for use by children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
Seniors: People over 65 years of age are more likely to experience dose-related side effects of zopiclone, such as drowsiness, dizziness, or impaired coordination. Using doses that are too high may result in accidents such as falls. Talk to your doctor if you are a senior and are experiencing any of the above side effects.
WHAT OTHER DRUGS COULD INTERACT WITH THIS MEDICATION?
There may be an interaction between Zopiclone 7.5mg and any of the following:
- anticonvulsants (medicatione used to prevent seizures; e.g., phenytoin, valproic acid, carbamazepine)
- anti-anxiety-medicatione (e.g., alprazolam, clonazepam, lorazepam)
- anticonvulsants (medicatione used to prevent seizures; e.g., phenytoin, valproic acid, carbamazepine, gabapentin)
- antihistamines (e.g., cetirizine, doxylamine, diphenhydramine, hydroxyzine, loratadine)
- antipsychotic medicatione (e.g., olanzapine, quetiapine
- “azole” antifungals (e.g., ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole)
- barbiturates (e.g., butalbital, pentobarbital, phenobarbital)
- calcium channel blockers (e.g., amlodipine, diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil)
- chloral hydrate
- grapefruit juice
- HIV non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs; e.g., delaviridine, efavirenz, etravirine, nevirapine)
- HIV protease inhibitors (e.g., darunavir, ritonavir, saquinavir)
- macrolide antibiotics (e.g., clarithromycin, erythromycin)
- magnesium sulfate
- muscle relaxants (e.g., cyclobenzaprine, methocarbamol, orphenadrine)
- narcotic or opioid-medications (e.g., codeine, fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone)
- St. John’s wort