Lunesta Addiction & Abuse
Lunesta, and another brand-name sleep aid, Ambien, are the most commonly prescribed short-term treatment medications for insomnia. These drugs aren’t intended to be long-term sleep aids. Long-term use of drugs like Lunesta and Ambien can cause negative side effects, as well as addiction and dependence. Other side effects of Lunesta can include changes in thinking or behavior, memory issues, depression and coordination impairment. There are around nine million people who use prescription sleep aids in the U.S. Of those, it’s estimated at least 30 percent of these patients are dependent upon the drugs -including Lunesta.
In addition to Lunesta addiction on its own, it is very common for people to abuse drugs like Lunesta with other substances. People often might mix Lunesta with alcohol or opioid pain relievers. This can increase the chances of addiction, as well as an overdose. Dependency is another risk associated with Lunesta. If someone develops a physical dependence, they will go through withdrawal when they suddenly try to stop using Lunesta. Anyone who uses Lunesta for more than ten days is at risk of physical dependency. Lunesta withdrawal symptoms can include nausea, vomiting and shakiness. For long-term, chronic Lunesta abuse, withdrawal symptoms can be severe.
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