Imovane (Zopiclone) is a depressant of the central nervous system (CNS) and it is used to treat sleeping problems. This medication is designed to help with short term insomnia cases, and it is used for the treatment that lasts up to 2 weeks. Imovane will help the patient to fall asleep faster and sleep without waking up through the night.
Zopiclone should not be used to treat sleeping disorders which last more than 10 days. Consult your doctor if you have long lasting insomnia, because it might point to another illness.
The treatment should be stopped if a doctor recommended so, do not try to stop the treatment instantly and by yourself. Stopping the medication instantly may lead to withdrawal symptoms.
Insomnia might return temporarily, for a night or two, after you ended the therapy. This is a normal process and you shouldn’t worry.
Do not use Imovane while driving or operating machinery. This medication is known to cause drowsiness and dizziness and you should be careful when on Imovane treatment. Elderly are especially susceptible to these CNS side effects.
Alcohol and some medication that have the same CNS depressant effects may potentiate the effects of Imovane and worsen the drowsiness, and potentially cause breathing problems and coma. Those medications include antihistamines, sleeping tablets, sedatives, tranquilizers, pain killers, barbiturates, anesthetics and muscle relaxants. Your doctor should be aware if you are using any of the above mentioned medications.
Any change of your mental status, confusion, irritability, anxiety, unusual thoughts, hallucination or even suicidal ideas should be reported to the doctor. Be aware that these changes may look like you are drunk and you will behave in such a manner.
If the medicine provoked clumsiness, mood changes, severe dizziness, weakness, abnormal sleepiness or unconsciousness the reason could be the overdosed Imovane. In those cases seek for urgent medical help.
Imovane Side Effects
The most common side effects caused by Imovane are dizziness, anxiety, clumsiness, and coordination problems. These changes are often seen in older patients. Also, patients frequently experience dry mouth, heartburn, appetite changes, digestion problems, constipation and weight loss. Some of the Imovane patients had vision problems and speaking problems.
The less common adverse effects are serious cases of drowsiness, breathing problems, chest pain, heartbeat irregularities and excess sweating. Elderly patients treated with Imovane may suffer from memory problems, agitation, increased salivation, shaking of the limbs and vomiting. Some of the patients have reported bitter taste, bad breath and coated tongue.
Also, there were cases of muscle cramps and pain, seizures and nervousness, and some patients had more problems to sleep than before the therapy.