How does this drug function? How would it benefit me?
Sedative hypnotics are a class of drugs that includes Zopisign. Zopiclone is the active ingredient in Zopisign 7.5mg tablet. It is used to treat sleep problems temporarily and symptomatically. With difficulties going asleep, frequent nighttime awakenings, or early morning awakenings, Zopisign may be helpful. Generally, using Zopisign for more than 7 to 10 days straight is not advised. Only those who struggle to function during the day due to sleep disruption should use it.
How exactly should I take this medicine?
3.75 mg administered right before the night is the typical initial dose when used to treat insomnia. 3.75 mg to 7.5 mg of Zopisign are the suggested dosages for adults. For the elderly, those with impaired liver or kidney function, and those on certain drugs, the daily maximum dosage is 5 mg. Since this drug has the potential to become habit-forming, it must be taken exactly as your doctor has advised. Generally, you shouldn’t take Zopisign for longer than 7 to 10 days straight.
Do not abruptly cease taking this medicine if you have been doing so for a while without first consulting your doctor.
What negative effects may this medicine have?
There are negative effects to several drugs. When a prescription is administered as prescribed, a side effect is an undesired reaction. Side effects might be minor or severe, fleeting or long-lasting.
Not everyone who uses this medicine has the adverse effects described below. Talk to your doctor about the risks and advantages of this drug if you are worried about side effects.
At least 1% of those using this drug have complained of one or more of the negative effects listed below. Some of these side effects could disappear on their own over time, and many of them are manageable.
Even though the majority of the adverse effects described below don’t occur frequently, they might have significant consequences if you don’t get medical help.
If any of the following adverse effects manifest, see your doctor as soon as possible:
- alterations in behaviour (e.g., excitement, hyperactivity, violent behaviour)
- Unsteadiness or clumsiness (more common for seniors)
- bewilderment (more prevalent among elders) (more common for seniors)
- anxiousness or restlessness during the day
- breathing that is laboured or difficult
- inability to coordinate (more common for seniors)
- sleepiness (severe) (severe)
- Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there are known as hallucinations.
- memory issues (more common for seniors)
- breathing difficulty
- indications of depression (e.g., poor concentration, changes in weight, changes in sleep, decreased interest in activities, thoughts of suicide)
- withdrawal symptoms (e.g., abdominal cramps, vomiting, sweating, tremor, seizures)
Are any further directions or cautions for using this medication?
Be careful to tell your doctor about any allergies or illnesses you may have, any drugs you are taking, whether you are pregnant or nursing, and any other important health information before you start taking a medication. These elements might influence how you ought to take this medication.
Alcohol and other sedatives that make you sleepy: People using this drug shouldn’t take it with alcohol, and they should also avoid taking it with other sedatives such narcotic painkillers. Additional sleepiness, difficulty breathing, and other side effects that may be harmful and even fatal may result from doing so.
An increase in daytime anxiety or restlessness has been seen while taking Zopisign as a medication.
Bad breath, a coated tongue, and a bitter taste in the mouth are all potential side effects of Zopisign. The usage of this drug frequently results in these side effects.
Changes in behaviour: This medicine may make depressive symptoms worse, including suicidal or violent thoughts. Additionally, it could lead to irritated or violent behaviour.
Breathing: Sedatives may make it difficult to breathe. 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 necessary if you have asthma or another lung disease that increases your risk for breathing difficulties, such as sleep apnea.
Confusion: This drug impairs cognitive function (e.g., concentration, attention, and vigilance). Seniors and those with brain injury are more likely to become confused.
Abuse and dependence have been reported with Zopisign usage. As Zopisign is taken for a longer time and at larger doses, there is an increased chance of dependency forming. While using this drug, those who have a history of misuse or addiction may be more susceptible to acquiring these conditions. You can have withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, agitation, diarrhoea, and hallucinations if you stop using this drug abruptly. If you have been taking this drug for a while, your doctor may advise that you gradually cease using it.
Depression: Mood swings and other signs of depression have been linked to sedative drugs. Discuss with your doctor how this medication may influence your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dose and efficacy of this medication, and whether any additional monitoring is required if you suffer from depression or have a history of depression or suicidal thoughts. Contact your doctor as soon as you can if you have depressive symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, weight changes, sleep problems, or a loss of interest in activities, or if you observe them in a family member who is taking this medicine.
Drowsiness/decreased mental alertness: Zopisign has the potential to make users excessively sleepy and less mentally aware. After taking this drug, avoid using heavy machinery or operating a vehicle. Do not drive or perform any other tasks that call for mental alertness for at least 12 hours after taking this drug.
Renal function: This medicine may build up in the body as a result of kidney disease or impaired kidney function, which may result in adverse effects. You might need to take this drug in smaller amounts if you have renal issues.
Liver function: This medicine may build up in the body and result in negative effects if there is liver disease or impaired liver function. You might need to take this medicine in smaller amounts if you have liver issues.
Memory disturbance: Following standard dosages of drugs like Zopisign, amnesia of different degrees has been described. With Zopisign, this effect is uncommon.