What is Lunesta, and What Are Its Common Uses?

Sleep problems are something many people have to deal with at some point in their life. Taking hours upon hours to fall asleep. Wake up multiple times every single night. Tossing and turning throughout the night. These things will most likely cause someone to look for help, especially because lack of proper sleep can affect other aspects of life.

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 Lunesta is a medication that is commonly prescribed to patients to help them with any major sleep problems such as insomnia.

Insomnia is a very commonly known sleep disorder in which the individual has trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep. It is considered a sedative which is also known as a hypnotic. Sedatives and hypnotics are known to help produce a hypnotic state or be sleep-inducing. This can help a person get to sleep and stay asleep for longer. This, in turn, helps treat the issue that may arise due to insomnia.

Lunesta may be used alone or in a careful combination with some other types of medications. It is not usually prescribed for more than 2-4 weeks at a time due to it being very potentially habit-forming for most people. Continue reading, and you will learn more about how Lunesta works and its side effects and withdrawal.

Lunesta binds to the GABA that is in your brain. GABA is your brain’s naturally forming amino acid neurotransmitter. When GABA is attached, it will produce a calming effect. GABA also decreases activity in your nervous system and blocks certain brain signals.

It is a very rapidly absorbed drug. It is recommended only to take it before you are about to fall asleep. It is also recommended to plan to stay asleep for around 7 hours. This medication is often misused because they have the ability to have euphoric effects when it is taken in higher doses.


Abusing Lunesta can cause your body to become dependent on it. There are common long-term effects of this medication which can include: aggressive behavior, anxiety, worsened sleep patterns, depression, agitation, amnesia, suicidal thoughts, joint swelling or pains, and kidney and/or liver damage.

Side effects and potential withdrawal symptoms

Lunesta can sometimes cause allergic reactions, in which some cases can be severe and even possibly dangerous. Lunesta can impair reaction time or your thinking capabilities. It is very important not to operate any machinery or drive any vehicle while taking this medication. There may be some side effects when taking this drug. Within an hour of taking Lunesta, you may feel side effects.

Some of these side effects may include:

  • Having drowsiness in the day-time hours
  • Dizziness
  • Unusual dreams
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pain
  • Rashes
  • Heartburn
  • Decreased desire for sex
  • Unusual taste in the mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • Cold and flu symptoms (body aches, fever, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose)

Withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking any kind of medication are very common. Lunesta withdrawal symptoms will vary between each individual. Most people will end up having some moderate or even severe difficulties sleeping when they quit taking the drug. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms of Lunesta may be similar to the regular side effects.

Some most common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Muscle spasms
  • Irritability and/or mood swings
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Loss of short term memories
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression
  • Stomach cramps
  • Panic attacks

In some more extreme cases, some users of Lunesta have experienced seizures.

Lunesta is a drug that is at risk for overdose. It is a depressant for your central nervous system. Abnormally high doses of any depressant may cause issues such as slowed or stopped breathing, extreme drowsiness, or loss of consciousness. A Lunesta overdose is not often fatal. However, if the drug is mixed with alcohol or other drugs, this can lead to a more life-threatening situation.

Certain drugs that are dangerous to take with Lunesta can be Ambien, Sonata, anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, barbiturates, and even over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen.

How Elite Home Detox can help you

Many of the harmful effects that Lunesta may cause are able to be reversed with certain treatments. Trying to do a detox from a drug like Lunesta just by yourself is not recommended. It can cause some unpleasant and even potentially dangerous side effects. There can be problems that arise, which make it important to consult with a professional if you want to detox from a drug such as Lunesta. Elite Home Detox has programs that can help you break free from addiction. We offer comprehensive programs in the most discreet way, from your own home.

If you or anyone you know is abusing Lunesta, it is important to get help right away. Contact us today!

EHD Can Help You Through The Withdrawal Process

Elite Home Detox is here for you if you need help withdrawing from Lunesta or any other addictive drug. We can provide you with the one-on-one care you need while going through detoxification and withdrawal symptoms caused by addiction. And best of all, we come to you! You can make a full and lasting recovery in the comfort of your home with the help of our expert medical team. Contact us today to learn more.

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