Lunesta is a sedative used in treating insomnia. It affects certain chemicals in the brain that become out of balance and cause sleep issues. The drug works to help individuals relax, fall asleep and also stay asleep. However, over time it may be difficult to stop taking Lunesta and withdrawal symptoms may occur.
The Challenges of Lunesta Withdrawal
Eszopiclone is the active ingredient in Lunesta. A shocking fact of which most users of Lunesta aren’t aware is that eszopiclone is a schedule IV controlled substance listed under the official Controlled Substances Act. Sadly, addiction to Lunesta is easier than most people think. In fact, tolerance can develop after using the drug in only a few short weeks.
The Downside of Using Lunesta
Even the large drug manufacturers who have everything to gain from marketing Lunesta admit that if insomniacs take eszopiclone over the span of just two weeks, they shouldn’t under any circumstances abruptly stop taking Lunesta. The best way to safely deal with Lunesta withdrawal is under the guidance of a doctor, whereby an appointment with a trained specialist will be scheduled to help an individual safely stop taking the drug. Under normal circumstances, the doctor will suggest a gradual tapering-down of the medication amount in an attempt to decrease the onset of Lunesta withdrawal symptoms. Even with the help of an expert healthcare practitioner, it’s inevitable to prevent every symptom, which can start after only two weeks of using the medication.
Here are some of the most common Lunesta withdrawal signs and symptoms:
• Irritability and grouchiness
• Panic attacks
• Shakiness and unsteadiness
• Nausea and frequent vomiting
• Chronic fatigue
• Muscle cramps
• Stomach cramps
• Strange dreams that are generally disturbing
• Insomnia (an ironic symptom)
Shockingly, one of the main symptoms of Lunesta withdrawal is insomnia, which is sometimes referred to as “rebound insomnia.” Many users learn about this ironic symptom the hard way. Lunesta is primarily taken for the sole purpose of treating insomnia, but when stopped, the original insomnia issue is much more problematic than before.
Why Sleeping Pills May Be Unsafe and May Not Work
When people use medications like Lunesta for insomnia, they can be ineffective and risky on many levels. Following are some of the reasons why individuals should think twice about taking Lunesta or any other kind of sleeping medication.
• Over time, users will eventually become both mentally and physically dependent on Lunesta. Modern culture tends to think that by simply taking a little pill, all sleep issues will just disappear. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
• For a genuine, restful night’s sleep, people need to go into REM (dream state) each night. However, prescription drugs don’t allow this to happen.
• After a while, the pills actually cause insomnia rather than cure it.
• Many sleeping pill users wonder why they feel lousy the next day, like they have a hangover when they’ve consumed no alcohol. This is typical with sleep medication.
• When used night after night, the medication loses its overall effectiveness. The receptors in the brain eventually become much less sensitive to the effects of the drug. After only about three or four weeks, most sleeping pills are no more useful than a simple sugar pill.