Brand name: Zimovane
Generic name: Zopiclone
Zimovane sleeping pills
Zimovane may cause a special type of memory loss or amnesia. When this occurs, a person does not remember what has happened during the several hours between use of Zimovane and the time when its effects wear off. This is usually not a problem since most people fall asleep after taking Zimovane. In most instances, memory problems can be avoided by taking Zimovane only when you are able to get a full night’s sleep (7 to 8 hours) before you need to be active again. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you think you are having memory problems.
In deciding to use Zimovane, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make.
Proper Use of Zimovane
Take Zimovane only as directed by your doctor . Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. If too much Zimovane is taken, it may become habit-forming (causing mental or physical dependence).
Do not take Zimovane when your schedule does not permit you to get a full night’s sleep (7 to 8 hours) .
If you must wake up before this, you may continue to feel drowsy and may experience memory problems, because the effects of Zimovane have not had time to wear off.
Precautions While Using Zimovane
If you think you need to take Zimovane for more than 7 to 10 days, be sure to discuss it with your doctor. Insomnia that lasts longer than this may be a sign of another medical problem.
Zimovane will add to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants (medicines that cause drowsiness).
Some examples of CNS depressants are antihistamines or medicine for hay fever, other allergies, or colds; sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping medicine; prescription pain medicine or narcotics; barbiturates; medicine for seizures; muscle relaxants; or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics. Check with your doctor before taking any of the above while you are using Zimovane.
Zimovane may cause some people, especially older persons, to become drowsy, dizzy, lightheaded, clumsy or unsteady,
or less alert than they are normally. Even though Zimovane is taken at bedtime, it may cause some people to feel drowsy or less alert on arising. Make sure you know how you react to Zimovane before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy, or are not alert or able to see well .
If you develop any unusual and strange thoughts or behavior while you are taking Zimovane , be sure to discuss it with your doctor. Some changes that have occurred in people taking Zimovane are like those seen in people who drink alcohol and then act in a manner that is not normal. Other changes may be more unusual and extreme, such as confusion, worsening of depression, hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there), suicidal thoughts, and unusual excitement, nervousness, or irritability.
If you will be taking Zimovane for a long time, do not stop taking it without first checking with your doctor.
Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount of Zimovane you are taking before stopping completely.
Stopping Zimovane suddenly may cause withdrawal side effects.
After taking Zimovane for insomnia, you may have difficulty sleeping (rebound insomnia) for the first few nights after you stop taking Zimovane.
If you think you or someone else may have taken an overdose of Zimovane, get emergency help at once .
Taking an overdose of Zimovane or taking alcohol or other CNS depressants with Zimovane may lead to breathing problems and unconsciousness.
Some signs of an overdose are clumsiness or unsteadiness, mental or mood changes, severe drowsiness, or unusual tiredness or weakness.
Side effects of Zimovane
Along with its needed effects, Zimovane may cause some unwanted effects.
Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
More common side effects of Zimovane
Confusion – more common in older adults; clumsiness or unsteadiness
– more common in older adults; daytime anxiety and/or restlessness;
difficulty with coordination – more common in older adults; mood or mental changes
Less common side effects of Zimovane
Drowsiness (severe); shortness of breath; difficult or labored breathing;
tightness in chest; wheezing; skin rash; aggressiveness; behavior changes
Rare side effects of Zimovane
Memory problems–more common in older patients; behavior or mental changes
Symptoms of Zimovane overdose
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Clumsiness; unsteadiness; mental or mood changes; drowsiness (severe); unusual tiredness or weakness; sluggishness; reduced physical activity; unusual sleepiness; loss of consciousness
Zimovane may cause you to have a coated tongue, bad breath, or a bitter taste. These effects are to be expected
when you are taking Zimovane.
Zimovane and other sedative hypnotic drugs are detected frequently in cases of people suspected of driving under the influence of drugs. Other drugs including the benzodiazepines and zolpidem are also found in high numbers of suspected drugged drivers. Many drivers have blood levels far exceeding the therapeutic dose range suggesting a high degree of abuse potential for benzodiazepines, zolpidem and zopiclone.
Zimovane has cross tolerance with barbiturates and is able to suppress barbiturate withdrawal signs. Zimovane is frequently self administered intravenously in studies on monkeys suggesting a high risk of abuse potential.