Lunesta Addiction Signs and Symptoms: Stay Awake

Last Updated: December 18, 2019

Authored by Olivier George, Ph.D.

Lunesta Addiction Signs & Symptoms: Don’t Sleep It Off

Sometimes it’s hard to admit that drug abuse take place. Even so, sometimes it’s even harder to recognize the fact that someone might have an addiction to legally prescribed drug.

Lunesta, or Eszopiclone, is a powerful non-benzodiazepine hypnotic-sedative used to treat insomnia. Lunesta acts as a central nervous system depressant. Thus, it helps many people lead a better life and makes them forget about their sleepless nights. Though, as a trade off it improves their cognitive performance the day after taking the drug.
When used for an extended period, however, users can quickly become addicted. Some symptoms are vivid hallucinations and feelings of relaxation. Not surprisingly, Lunesta is a Schedule IV Controlled Substance.

In case if someone might have an addiction to Lunesta, here some of the most common signs and symptoms of addiction:

  • Increase the prescribed dosage (even beyond 3mg)
  • Prolong the course of treatment
  • Never decide on quitting
  • Plan doctor shopping
  • Purchase illegally
  • Crave the drug
  • Mix substances
  • Seek recreational effects

Recognizing Lunesta Addiction Signs: Time to Act

Being realistic about the condition and cravings can save one’s life. Apart from the list given above, some of the warning symptoms that indicate addiction connect to the psychological and emotional well-being of the user. They are as follows:

  • Feeling isolated
  • Neglecting appearance
  • Ignoring loved ones
  • Feeling meaningless and painful without the drug

Then one should admit that there is a possibility of having a drug problem and seek help.
In addition, side effects like vomiting, body aches, hiccups, headaches, sweating and high blood pressure can also be Lunesta addiction signs that require treatment.

The Dangers of Lunesta Addiction: Why Is It Important to Identify It ASAP?

If one continues using Lunesta for an extended period, it might be harder to quit. That’s why it’s important to recognize Lunesta addiction as soon as possible.

Metallic taste and drowsiness, on the other hand, are common Lunesta side effects, which can affect the everyday life.
Impaired judgment and sleepwalking can lead to risky behavior that can be dangerous to the user and the people around them. Always go to bed and dedicate at least 7 hours to sleeping after Lunesta.pills near bed of a woman
One of the biggest dangers of Lunesta addiction consists in the fact that sleeping pills can be lethal. Overdosing on sedatives can happen by accident, especially when mixed with alcohol. Difficulties breathing, coma, and extreme sleepiness can be fatal. Note that Flumazenil is used in the case of an overdose to counteract the effects of Lunesta. So always mind that Lunesta can even put one to sleep forever.
In addition, many people use Lunesta to commit suicide. A study shows that out of 15,213 patients on Lunesta, 71 committed suicide. The scary fact is that more than 9 million Americans use prescription sleeping pills.

Lunesta Addiction Signs: How to tell that a loved one is addicted to Lunesta and needs help?

If a loved one uses Lunesta and there is an addiction concern, here are some more signs that indicate Lunesta addiction:

  • Isolation
  • Financial problems
  • Difference in appearance
  • Sluggishness
  • Insomnia
  • Sleepiness
  • Mental confusion
  • Depression
  • Disinterest in everyday life
  • Unusual and risky behavior
  • Compulsive drug-seek behavior

For teens, drop in grades, mood swings and low interest in appearance and social activities might be a sign of addiction. Sometimes finding many pills or prescriptions indicates abuse, which can easily lead to addiction.

Lunesta Addiction: What’s Next?

The first step towards a clean life is detox. Tapering off is recommend instead of going cold turkey as rebound symptoms won’t kick too hard.
Inpatient Rehabs are an excellent option as experts will monitor a patient 24/7. Also, there are many outpatient and individual programs that are beneficial.
Behavioral therapy, support groups, family counseling, and aftercare should also be provided for the addict to restore their social, work and family life.
Also, as Lunesta affects the processes in the brain, some holistic methods might be applied to regulate the normal sleeping patterns of the user. Yoga, regular exercising, healthy diet and moderate caffeine intake are helpful for people who suffer from insomnia. Users report that meditation is very useful when it comes to sleep regulation.
Sometimes during detox, anxiety can become a problem and some experts might use medications to control the stress and anxiety levels of the patient. Also, other comorbid disorders should also become a primary focus of treatment.
Even when prescribed by a health expert, Lunesta can lead to addiction. In the end, pharmacology nowadays is more about money, not remedies. Note that since 2004, there were 31 million prescriptions written. There’s no need to sleep off the problems.

Page Sources

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  2. Benjamin D. Brielmaier. Eszopiclone (Lunesta): a new nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic agent. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2006 Jan; 19(1): 54–59.

Published on: May 3rd, 2017

Updated on: December 18th, 2019

About Author

Olivier George, Ph.D.

Olivier George is a medical writer and head manager of the rehab center in California. He spends a lot of time in collecting and analyzing the traditional approaches for substance abuse treatment and assessing their efficiency.


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