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June 20 2013 5 20 /06 /June /2013 20:10




Insomnia, or poor sleep, is a fairly common problem.


There may be difficulty in falling asleep, waking during the night, or waking early in the morning.


Zimovane or Imovane (zopiclone) is a medication that doctors prescribe to treat sleeping problems. Zopiclone can help with frequent wake-ups during the night, difficulty falling asleep and awaking too early. It helps you get to sleep faster and sleep through the night.


This drug belongs to the group of medicines called central nervous system or CNS depressants. These are medicines that make you feel drowsy or less alert. Take Zopiclone only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. If too much is taken, it may become habit-forming (causing mental or physical dependence).


Do not take Zopiclone when your schedule does not permit you to get a full night's sleep (7 to 8 hours). If you must wake up before this, you may continue to feel drowsy and may experience memory problems, because the effects of the medicine have not had time to wear off.


There are some side effects that may be noticed when taking Zopiclone, including: dry mouth, headache and upset stomach. Zopiclone may cause you to have a coated tongue, bad breath, or a bitter taste. These effects are to be expected when you are taking zopiclone.


Zopiclone may cause some people, especially older persons, to become drowsy, dizzy, lightheaded, clumsy or unsteady, or less alert than they are normally. Even though zopiclone is taken at bedtime, it may cause some people to feel drowsy or less alert on arising.


Make sure you know how you react to Zopiclone before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy, or are not alert or able to see well.  


If you think you need to take Zopiclone for more than 7 to 10 days, be sure to discuss it with your doctor. Insomnia that lasts longer than this may be a sign of another medical problem.


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