How Long Does Lunesta (Eszopiclone) Stay in Your System?
Article at a Glance:
- Lunesta is a sleep medication that is used to treat insomnia.
- Lunesta is classified as potentially habit-forming and can result in next-morning impairment.
- A dose of Lunesta can last in a person’s body for 24 to 48 hours.
- Lunesta will often stay in an older person’s body longer than a younger person’s body.
- Lunesta does not show up on most standard drug screen tests unless it is specifically being looked for.
Lunesta is meant to be taken by mouth right before bed. Before taking Lunesta, a person should have at least seven or eight hours of available sleep time. It’s important to go straight to bed right after taking the drug. Some people report sleepwalking, sleep driving or doing other odd activities while using Lunesta. This risk is even higher when people don’t go to bed right after taking it. Some of the side effects of Lunesta include dizziness, dry mouth and coordination problems. People may also experience daytime sleepiness. Severe side effects can include memory loss, changes in thoughts or behaviors and doing dangerous activities while being unaware.
With prescription sleep aids like Lunesta or Ambien, there has been a growing concern about “next morning impairment” -which the FDA has been investigating. This refers to a situation in which the drug, and its effects, remain present in the system of a person the next day. This can make it difficult for the patient to do tasks that require them to be alert, such as driving.
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