Zopiclone - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Zopiclone: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Zopiclone?

Zopiclone is a medication also known as Central Nerve System (CNS) depressant that helps people suffering from insomnia. It is a drug given for a concise period of time. This medication helps you sleep in one stretch. It is an antidepressant that works on the GABA nerves and gives the sensation of a tranquil brain. It is a pill that is available in both tablets and liquid.

What are the Uses of Zopiclone?

Zopiclone helps if you cannot sleep at night, wake up many times, or lie down in your bed for longer periods without sleep. It is used to cure short-term sleep problems.

It is mainly used to relax the nerves of your brain and provide you with a good amount of sleep. Overuse of this pill can lose its effectiveness. So your doctor will advise you to take it only 2-3 times a week.

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What are the Side Effects of Zopiclone?

Zopiclone, if taken within prescribed limits, can prove to be beneficial. Excess use, like more than 2-3 days a week, can show negative impacts on your body.


Below are some side effects that can be caused if taken in excess:

  • Feeling sleepy most of the time
  • Drowsy
  • A different taste in your mouth
  • Dizzy and tired
  • Dry mouth
  • Strange changes in your behavior

To know more about Zopiclone’s dosage, uses, side effects, and precautions, get in touch with our doctors at Yashoda Hospitals.


Frequently Asked Questions about Zopiclone

1. How long does Zopiclone take to work?

Zopiclone usually takes one hour to work after taking it. It is a medication that directly affects your brain nerves and makes you feel relaxed and sleepy. Your doctor generally advises you to take Zopiclone for only 2-4 weeks as you might get accustomed to taking this pill.

2. How strong is Zopiclone?

Zopiclone is a drug available in two different strengths: 3.75mg and 7.5 mg. Both the compositions are strong enough to treat insomnia. Usually, your doctor prescribes you a 7.5 mg tablet to relieve your sleep disorders. But if you're an older adult, you might start with a 3.75 mg tablet.

3. Is Zopiclone a controlled substance?

Zopiclone is a controlled substance in the United States, Brazil, Japan, and others. However, there is not enough information about it in India. If you wish to consume Zopiclone, it is always good to consult an expert for the correct dosage. You may experience side effects without a prescription.

4. How long does Zopiclone last?

In most cases, Zopiclone remains inside your system for 8 hours. But in some cases, it might last for 12 hours after consuming it. However, some people might feel dizzy or sleepy after this time also. So it is advised to avoid doing things such as driving, cycling, using machinery and tools, etc.

5. Which is more effective - Zolpidem or Zopiclone?

Zolpidem is a sleeping pill advised to be taken for a short period of time for not more than two weeks. Zopiclone is a drug used to help insomnia and is prescribed for not more than four weeks. A study in Japan showed that Zolpidem is as effective as Zopiclone and almost works the same.

6. Can I take Amitriptyline and Zopiclone?

Amitriptyline is an antidepressant that aids depressive illness. In contrast, Zopiclone is a sleeping pill that relaxes the nerves of your brain and gets you rid of sleepless nights. Both drugs can cause severe complications if taken together as they contain different chemical substances, and their usage is also different.

7. Can pregnant women take Zopiclone?

Taking Zopiclone during pregnancy can have various side effects on you and your baby. That is why it is advised to avoid taking this sleeping pill if you're pregnant. There are a few chances of having a premature baby (before 37 weeks with less weight).

8. Can I take Tramadol with Zopiclone?

Taking Zopiclone and Tramadol together might cause severe health problems as Tramadol is a pain reliever that helps your brain change how your body feels the pain. So it is always advised to keep your doctor informed if you're taking this kind of drug.

9. Is Zopiclone a good sleeping pill?

Yes, Zopiclone is an effective sleeping pill that helps people with insomnia. Your doctor prescribes this pill if you are short of nocturnal sleep, usually wake up at night and find it difficult to sleep back. Furthermore, it effectively induces sleepiness, relaxing muscles and releasing anxiety.

10. Does Zopiclone help with anxiety?

Consumption of Zopiclone increases the function of gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your nerve system, which is responsible for nerve transmission in your brain, inducing sleep. Thus, it calms your mind, helps relieve anxiety, and gives you proper sleep during the night.

11. Is Zopiclone an antidepressant?

Zopiclone is a Central Nerve System antidepressant. It acts as a sedative that affects the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This effect causes a sense of tranquility in the nerves of your brain. Furthermore, it helps you calm your mind and fight against depression.



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