Confusion: This medication affects mental efficiency (e.g., concentration, attention, and vigilance). The risk of confusion is greater for seniors and those with brain damage.
Anxiety or restlessness: An increase in daytime anxiety or restlessness has been observed during treatment with zopiclone.
If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Seniors: People over 65 years of age are more likely to experience dose-related side effects of zopiclone, such as drowsiness, dizziness, or impaired coordination. Using doses that are too high may result in accidents such as falls. Talk to your doctor if you are a senior and are experiencing any of the above side effects.
These factors may affect how you should use this medication. Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health.
l your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Also l them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Zopiclone can cause excessive drowsiness and decreased mental alertness. Do not operate heavy machinery or drive after taking this medication.
This effect is rare with zopiclone. Memory disturbance: Amnesia of varying severity has been reported following normal doses of medications like zopiclone.
Medical conditions: If you have depression, breathing problems, or liver impairment, 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 needed.
Family members or caregivers of people who are taking this medication should contact the person's doctor immediay if they notice unusual behaviour changes.
Bad taste in mouth: Zopiclone may cause you to have a coated tongue, bad breath, or a bitter taste in your mouth. These effects often occur when this medication is being used.
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Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication. Some people may experience side effects other than those listed.
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:.
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If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediay. Pregnancy: The safety of using this medication during pregnancy has not been established. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweight the risks.
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
There may be an interaction between zopiclone and any of the following:
Breast-feeding: This medication passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking zopiclone, it may affect your baby.
These symptoms include:. Withdrawal symptoms similar to those occurring with related substances, including alcohol, have been observed after stopping the medication suddenly (after having taken it regularly over a period of time). Withdrawal: Zopiclone can become habit-forming.
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Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome.
This may be more likely to occur if you use alcohol or other sedative medications. Performing activities while not fully awake: People taking zopiclone may perform activities such as sleepwalking, driving, preparing and eating food, and making phone calls while not fully awake and unaware of their actions. The next morning, they may not remember what happened. If you discover this has happened to you, contact your doctor immediay.
If you experience these symptoms or any other behaviour change while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediay. Behaviour changes: This medication may worsen symptoms of depression, including thoughts of suicide or wanting to harm others. It may also cause agitated or aggressive behaviour.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Many medications can cause side effects.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of zopiclone have not been established for use by children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
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