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Zopiclone is a sedative, used to relieve sleeping problems, such as insomnia. It acts on chemicals in your brain to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
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What is Zopiclone?

Zopiclone is a hypnotic used to treat sleeping disorders such as insomnia. Insomnia means that you have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, and can be caused by a multitude of factors. Zopiclone can make it easier for you to fall asleep if you are suffering from insomnia, and can also help you to remain asleep during the night.

Zopiclone tablets are available only on prescription from a GP. Alternatively, we can prescribe it to you after an online assessment. Zopiclone comes in tablet form. It is also known under the brand name Zimovane.

For further information, please consult the patient information leaflet.

How it works

Zopiclone affects chemicals in the brain responsible for sleep. It helps release neurotransmitters that calm nerve activity in the brain, inducing sleepiness and relaxing the muscles.

Zopiclone sleeping tablets are usually prescribed in two different strengths - 3.75mg and 7.5mg. It is also available as a liquid, but this has to be specially ordered by your doctor. It usually takes around one hour to become effective.

Before you take it

Before you buy Zopiclone online, it’s usually best to speak with your doctor to discuss the most appropriate treatment for your condition.

Some people have reported sleepwalking, making telephone calls and preparing food while taking Zopiclone. Patients who experience this usually have no memory of these actions. This is very rare and most patients will not experience this. It can be made more likely if you take Zopiclone with medicines for depression and anxiety, such as Citalopram, or drinking alcohol.

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you should speak to a doctor before taking Zopiclone. This is because Zopiclone has been linked with premature birth if taken during some stages of pregnancy. It may also cause harm to an unborn baby or cause withdrawal symptoms in newborn babies.

If you have myasthenia gravis, Zopiclone may not be suitable for you. Speak with your doctor for advice.

Zopiclone may affect your ability to drive, ride a bicycle or operate heavy machinery. It’s possible during the first few days of treatment you may feel confused or have trouble concentrating. Don’t operate heavy machinery, drive or do anything that requires your full concentration until you know how Zopiclone affects you.

You may notice that after the first few weeks of treatment, Zopiclone does not work as well as it first did. If this occurs, speak with your doctor, who will adjust your dose accordingly.

It’s possible to develop a dependency or addiction to Zopiclone. Treatment should be as short as possible to treat your symptoms, and you should only take Zopiclone as prescribed. Generally treatment should be short term, and not last beyond 4 weeks.

Don’t drink caffeinated drinks such as cola or energy drinks while taking Zopiclone. They have the opposite effect, and may stop Zopiclone working properly.

Zopiclone may cause drug interactions with some other medications. Talk to your doctor before taking Zopiclone if you take any of the following:

  • Any medicine used to treat epilepsy, such as Gabapentin or Pregabalin
  • Any other sleeping pills or insomnia treatment, such as Zolpidem
  • Antihistamines that can cause drowsiness, such as promethazine or chlorphenamine
  • Ritonavir used to treat HIV
  • Painkilling medication such as codeine, tramadol or morphine

This list is not exhaustive. For a full list of the medications with which Zopiclone may interact, consult the patient information leaflet or talk to your doctor.

Dosage Instructions

You should always take Zopiclone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Taking more than this can result in physical dependency, increased side effects or an overdose.

The recommended dose in adults aged 18 or over is 7.5mg per day, around one hour before bed.

Your dose may be adjusted if you are elderly or you have kidney or liver problems. Your doctor will advise you if you need to take a lower dose.

Swallow your tablets whole, with plenty of water. Do not suck, crush or chew them.

You can take Zopiclone with or without food. Do not take Zopiclone if you wake up during the night - only take it around one hour before bed.

Common Side Effects of Zopiclone

It’s possible for Zopiclone to cause a severe allergic reaction in some patients. This is very rare, but any allergic reaction is an emergency. If you believe you are having an allergic reaction to Zopiclone, you must immediately contact your doctor, your hospital or your local A&E centre. Symptoms can include:

  • Hives
  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Wheezing
  • Swelling of the facial area - the lips, tongue, nose, mouth or thoat
  • A skin rash that can include swelling, redness, itchiness, peeling or blistering

Zopiclone may also cause serious side effects. If you experience these, you must contact your doctor as soon as possible. These include:

  • Amnesia or loss of memory
  • Disrupted speech
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Nightmares
  • Agitation or aggression
  • Depression
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscular weakness
  • Feeling faint or losing consciousness

Zopiclone also has the potential to cause more common, less serious side effects. These are mild to moderate in nature and usually go away on their own. However, if you are concerned, you should speak with your doctor who will be able to advise you. These symptoms include:

  • A metallic or bitter taste in your mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • Daytime drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Nausea or feeling sick
  • Headaches

This is not an exhaustive list of potential side effects, and for more information you should consult the patient information leaflet.

Extra Support

Zopiclone can cause dependency or addiction. It is very important you take it for as short a time as possible, and only in the quantity that has been prescribed to you. If you are struggling with an addiction to Zopiclone or any other substance, you can visit our addiction support page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Zopiclone safe for children?

No. Zopiclone is not suitable for children in any circumstances, and should only be taken by adults over the age of 18. We do not prescribe any medication to those under 18.

I’m pregnant. Can I take Zopiclone?

You should not generally take Zopiclone while pregnant, because it has been linked to an increased risk of harm to your unborn baby, as well as inducing premature labour and causing withdrawal symptoms in newborns.

Will it affect my contraception?

No. Zopiclone won’t affect any type of hormonal contraception, including intrauterine devices, the contraceptive pill or implant, or emergency contraception.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal the next night. Do not take two doses at once to make up for a missed dose, and do not take Zopiclone at any other time, for example if you wake up in the night and remember your missed dose.

What happens if I take too much?

A Zopiclone overdose can cause serious problems. If you believe you have taken too much Zopiclone, you should immediately go to your local hospital. Do not drive yourself - an overdose of Zopiclone will make you sleepy. Get someone else to drive for you or call an ambulance.

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Dosage Instructions ONE before going to bed for up to 4 weeks