Zopiclone tablets are sleeping pills that are used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. They may be used for short term treatment for people who face difficulty in falling asleep, or it can be used to treat sleeping problems where patient awakes in the mid of the night and not able to sleep after that. Zopiclone is also used to treat mental illness or distress, because of which you are experiencing difficulty in sleeping.
Zopiclone belongs to a group of medicine known as CNS (central nervous system) depressants. It is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic agent with IUPAC name (RS)-6-(5-chloropyridin-2-yl)-7-oxo-6,7-dihydro-5H-pyrrolo[3,4-b]pyrazin-5-yl 4-methylpiperazine-1-carboxylate and chemical formula C17H17ClN6O3
Zopiclone is swiftly absorbed and distributed from the vascular compartment. Maximum plasma concentrations are achieved after approximately 2 hours after administration of 3.75mg and 7.5mg respectively. Absorption is seen the same in both men and women and is not affected by simultaneous ingestion of food or repetition of doses.
It can be stored in blister for 3 years, 24 months in a glass jar and no shelf life after first opening. It must be kept in mind that the pills should be stored in a dry place and below 25 degree celsius.
When you are taking zopiclone, you should take proper advice from your doctor and he should be well aware about the medicines you are taking apart from zopiclone because other medicines can change their property and may behave in different way while taking along with zopiclone. Your doctor may decide that he wants to change some of the other medicines you take or not to treat you with this medication.
These medicines are listed below:
- Sodium oxybate
- Morphine sulphate liposome
Using any of these medicines with zopiclone may cause an increased risk of certain side effects. But, in some cases using a combination of medicines might be proved good for you. If both the medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose on the basis of how often you use one or both the medicines. But, this decision will be your doctor’s.
Sedative effect of zopiclone may be increased when taken with alcohol. It then can cause some serious health problems. This is why it is avoided with alcohol and other drugs.