Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Take this medicine 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 is taken, it may become habit-forming (causing mental or physical dependence).

Take eszopiclone just before going to bed, when you are ready to go to sleep. This medicine works very quickly to put you to sleep.

This medicine should come with a medication guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Do not take this medicine when your schedule does not permit you to get a full night's sleep (8 hours). If you must wake up before this, you may continue to feel drowsy and may experience memory problems, because the effects of the medicine have not had time to wear off.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not break, crush, or chew it.

You should not take eszopiclone with or immediately after a high-fat meal or a heavy meal.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For insomnia (trouble in sleeping):
      • Adults—At first, 2 milligrams (mg) at bedtime. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed.
      • Older adults—At first, 1 milligram (mg) at bedtime. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.