Lunesta, which is also known as Eszopiclone, is a sedative that is prescribed to patients who suffer from insomnia. Lunesta is slightly different from other sleep-inducing medications, as it contains zopiclone, a strong hypnotic agent.
Lunesta is effective and safe, but health experts don’t recommend it for long-term use, because patients can become addicted or dependent on it.
In this article, we will look at the symptoms of Lunesta abuse and the best ways to treat addiction to this medication.
What Is Lunesta
Lunesta (Eszopiclone) is a medication that is used for the short-term treatment of chronic insomnia. Lunesta is part of a group of sleep-inducing medications known as Z-drugs. It works by binding with gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain.
While Eszopiclone is designed to be taken orally, some people choose to inhale the drug to increase its effects. Currently, Eszopiclone is highly regulated and cannot be bought over the counter.
Indications for Use
Lunesta is a non-benzodiazepine sedative hypnotic used to treat insomnia. Lunesta pills, which are either blue or white in color, are available in these strengths: 3 mg, 2 mg, and 1 mg.
The Effects of Lunesta Abuse
Lunesta is usually recommended for short-term use because it can be highly addictive. Taking the medication for more than the recommended period or taking it with alcohol and other drugs can lead to Lunesta dependency.
Symptoms and Signs of Lunesta Use
Using Lunesta recreationally or taking more than the recommended dose can lead to dependency on the medication. Lunesta addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life and can cause a series of disturbing symptoms.
- Weight loss
- Nausea, dizziness, and vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Mood swings and anxiety
- Rebound insomnia
- Flushed skin
- Stomach cramps
- Liver and kidney damage
- Muscle twitching
- Memory loss
- Depression and confusion
- Hallucinations and memory impairment
- Cognitive issues
- Using the medication for more than the recommended period
- Mixing the medication with other drugs or alcohol
- Isolation from friends and family
- Inhaling the drug
- Sleep walking
- Increasing the dose of the medication without consulting a medical practitioner
- Becoming more aggressive
- Feeling like you can’t stop taking the medication
- Strong cravings for the medication
Lunesta Addiction Treatment Options
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, you must seek medical help. Lunesta addiction treatment can help patients overcome their dependency on Lunesta and improve their physical and mental health.
Medical Treatment for Lunesta Addiction
People who are addicted to Lunesta can experience serious withdrawal symptoms which can be treated with medications to reduce the symptoms. The treatment also involves monitoring the patient’s sleeping patterns. If there is a need, health experts may add detoxification to the treatment program. The aim of the detox program is to flush the drug out of the patient’s body.
Inpatient Treatment vs. Outpatient Treatment for Lunesta Addiction
After diagnosing a patient, doctors will determine if an inpatient or outpatient program will be suitable for them. While both programs can help them overcome their addiction, inpatient treatment usually has the best outcome. Outpatient treatment is usually recommended for patients who have only been abusing the medication for a short time and experience mild withdrawal symptoms.
Process and stages of Lunesta Addiction Treatment at Dr.Vorobjev Clinic
Lunesta addiction is treated in stages. Below is a breakdown of what happens during each stage of the treatment.
Diagnosis of Lunesta Addiction
Doctors will evaluate the Lunesta overdose or withdrawal symptoms a patient experiences. They may also carry out urine tests and a few other tests to determine the severity of their addiction to the medication.
Lunesta Detoxification Treatment
The goal of the detox treatment is to flush the medication from a patient’s body with the least amount of withdrawal symptoms.
After the detox process, doctors may recommend therapy to help patients narrow down the root cause of their addiction and build support systems.
The Average Length of Lunesta Addiction Treatment
The length of the treatment is determined by factors such as the treatment plan recommended by doctors and the patient’s symptoms. Treatment can take several weeks or months.
Effectiveness of Treatment for Lunesta Addiction
Our inpatient and outpatient treatment for Lunesta addiction is very effective and can help patients with mild to severe addiction get their life back.
Cost of Lunesta Addiction Treatment
The cost of treatment in our clinic starts from 2,700 €. The amount depends on the severity of the symptoms and the chosen treatment.
Our doctors have many years of experience to help address the unique needs of patients. Our clinic team includes professional addiction specialists, psychotherapists, general practitioners and intensive care specialists.
Patents and Certificates
We are a certified addiction clinic and our treatment meets international standards. Our certificates and awards are available in the corresponding section of our website.