Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects of Lunesta (Eszopiclone) Abuse
- Taking it for longer than the intended time period
- Using higher doses of Lunesta
- Combining Lunesta with another substance, such as alcohol
- Taking Lunesta differently than how it’s prescribed, such as chewing it
- Taking Lunesta more frequently than as prescribed
Another symptom of Lunesta abuse is addiction, which is characterized by uncontrolled, compulsive use of a substance. People who are addicted to prescription drugs tend to start focusing their life on that drug. They may think a great deal about getting more of it or maintaining a stash. When someone is focusing that much on a substance, it can cause problems in other areas of their life. Lunesta abuse can result in declining school or work performance, and problems with relationships. There can also be more obvious outward side effects of Lunesta abuse that occur, particularly the longer someone uses the medication. These side effects may include:
- Seeming drowsy or confused -even during the day
- New or worsening psychological side effects, such as depression
- Memory problems
- Slurred speech
- Stealing or forging prescriptions
- Changes in mood or hostility
- Impaired judgment and decision-making
- Engaging in risky behaviors
- Taking larger amounts of Lunesta than intended
- Intense cravings
- Failed attempts to stop using Lunesta
- A significant amount of time and attention are dedicated to getting more Lunesta, using it or recovering from the effects
- Failure to meet other obligations because of the use of Lunesta
- Using Lunesta even when there are known negative physical effects
- Tolerance and physical dependence
Additionally, it’s very common for people who abuse Lunesta to have other substance abuse problems or addictions as well. This is called polysubstance abuse. People who abuse Lunesta may combine it with other CNS depressants like alcohol or opioids or use it to come down from the side effects of a stimulant drug like cocaine.
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