A single tablet of Zoplicone’s active
ingredient is zoplicone itself. There are other ingredients found in it and
these are: lactose, wheat starch- with 0,1 mg of gluten, calcium hydrogen
phosphate, magnesium stearate and sodium carboxymethyl starch. It also has a
titanium oxide and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose external film coating.
1. UNDERSTANDING ZOPICLONE
Zopiclone, medically known as Zimovane–Datolan,
is well known as a sleep inducing medication. This medicine reduces period in
which one takes to fall asleep and also lowers the possibilities of a patient
waking in the middle of their sleep at night. This way, sleep is enhanced and
one can rest well and uninterrupted till morning. This medication is also
considered as a sedative, muscle relaxant, anxiolytic and anti convenient as it
contains most of these properties in it. This medication is majorly prescribed
by doctors in the treatment of insomnia and a host of other sleep disorders that
different individuals may experience. The use of Zopiclone is mostly short term;
this is majorly within one to two weeks and should be used only when necessarily
needed. When starting on Zimovane–Datolan dosages, you are advised to start on
the minimum dosage recommended by a physician; under no circumstance should you
exceed the max. Dosage as prescribed.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE
Before starting on the sleep disorder
medication, you need to carefully go through the set of instructions that come
with it. Section 3 is where it gives information on how takeZopiclone; it states
that the medication is not to be taken if:
One is allergic to any of the active
ingredients contained in the tablets and, or general benzodiazepines.
Has a respiratory disorder whether related to
sleep or not, has a severe hepatic deficiency or general muscular problems.
If one is an alcoholic or alcohol dependent,
they should refrain from using Zipoclone unless prescribed to do so by a
physician or doctor.
This medication is not to be used by
children under the age of 18. Before using Zimovane–Datolan (Zopiclone),
consult your doctor first. If you have any of the following issues, it will be
essential to do this.
Suffer from kidney or liver issues
Have myasthenia Gravis
Suffer from any other form of illness
Continued use of the medication (Zopiclone)
can lead to dependence. This happens with prolonged use of the medication
without taking a break. To avoid dependence on Zimovane–Datolan, you need to
take some precautions.
Use Zopiclone only if prescribed by your
doctor; do not take it as you have heard success stories from other
patients, nor should you recommend it to others.
Take dosage as prescribed; do not take more
doses than prescribed and do not prolong usage past the set time for taking
Keep in constant consultation with your doctor;
this way your doctor can monitor your progress and prescribe whether you
need to go on with treatment or not.
When planning to take Zimovane-Datolan,
ensure that you are going to enjoy over 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep. This
medication is rather strong and can adversely affect elderly persons. If you
are an individual well into pension years, there are higher chances you may be
prescribed lower dosages than younger Zimovane - Datolan users. It is in your
best interest that you keenly follow your physician's instructions to the
letter; especially if you suffer from myasthenia gravis or have poor kidney and
Zopiclone and the expectant mother
As a woman, before you start taking
Zimovane-Datolan, you need to consult your doctor or physician. If you suspect
that you may be pregnant or are pregnant or are planning to be, consulting your
doctor is best advised. This way, your doctor will properly guide you on when
and whether it is safe to take the medication or not.
Zopiclone and the lactating mother
Before taking any form of medication,
especially Zopiclone, make sure to consult your physician or doctor first. As
the medication can be released through breast milk, it is essential that you let
your doctor take you through on how to conveniently use the medication while
Zopiclone usage while operating
As a Zopiclone is a sedative and muscle
relaxant among many other effects it can cause on you, the ability to properly
drive and or operate machinery is greatly affected. You are requested to ensure
that before taking up any of these tasks that you are fully alert and capable.
If you have just taken Zimovane-Datolan, you are advised to stay clear of any
machinery and not to operate any machine or vehicle.
Information about some ingredients
found in Zopiclone
Wheat starch is one of the ingredients
found in this medication. If you suffer from celiac disease, you have to consult
your doctor before using the medication. Are you planning to take, taking or
about to take other medications? Consulting your doctor before you commence is
quite essentially and very much necessary. Some of the medications that you may
be taking at the same time with Zopiclone may adversely affect the effectiveness
of the medication positively or negatively. Therefore, before administering the
medication with other drugs, you need to find out which drugs are better suited
with your dosage; and only your doctor can properly prescribe this.
For instance, some of the medications
and drugs that affect Zimovane-Datolan are like:
Sleep inducing medications,
tranquilizers and the likes affect the brain and nerves. Such drugs may increase
the effect of Zimovane-Datolan on you the patient.
Alcohol should be avoided when under
this medication. As the beverage or drink is a mild sedative, it may increase
the effects of the medication therefore reducing response time and such when
3. HOW TO USE ZIMOVANE-DATOLAN (ZOPICLONE)
When you are prescribed to use Zopiclone,
it is essential to follow the instructions as given by your doctor. A doctor
best prescribes a dosage of the medication according to your age, weight and
level of illness. You are advised to take Zopiclone right before your sleeping
time. Swallow the tablet without chewing by using some beverage (non-alcoholic)
or water. The medication usually takes effect within 20 minutes of swallowing.
As mentioned earlier, it is important that once you have taken the medication,
to have continuous sleep, uninterrupted for 7 hours and over. If woken, there
are chances that you won’t remember a thing of what happened for the brief
moment you were awake- quite a rare occasion.
As a precaution, if you have been using
zopiclone for a prolonged period, you are advised not to abruptly quit its
usage. This may lead to withdrawal as a result of over dependence on the
medication for sleep. Make sure that you take your medication as prescribed by a
medical professional. Do not exceed the total dose set for usage on any given
dosage unless authorized to do so by a medical doctor.
Dosages are mostly taken as follows:
1 tablet of 7,5 mg Zopiclone for an adult
the elderly, kidney & liver problem patients and respiratory afflicted
individuals, a 3,75 mg zopiclone dosage is initially recommended. This can
be increased to one tablet. Never prescribe the dosage yourself, if it is
very strong on you or less effective, discuss the issue with your doctor and
let him make the prescription change accordingly.
If Zopiclone is accidentally overdosed,
you are advised to call a doctor, nearest hospital or pharmacist as early as
possible. If a dosage is missed, do not take double the dose to cover for the
missed one; simply take the standard dosage intake at the prescribed time.
Some of the effects brought about by
the cessation of Zopiclone medication usage:
Effects vary , but the common effects
The best way to cease the use of
Zimovane-Datolan is through the gradual lessening of the dosage as prescribed by
your doctor. Abrupt cessation is highly discouraged.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Just as it has beneficial aspects to all
that are in need of it, Zopiclone comes with its own negative perks and side
effects. Even with proper use, there are chances that one may develop a bitter
taste in the mouth with the use of the medication. While many patient bodies
tolerate Zimovane-Datolan (Zopiclone), some may experience tiredness and
sleepiness during waking hours; this is most oftenly seen at the beginning of
medication. Which is why it's essential to ensure that your 7 hours of sleep are
not interrupted. In rare cases, Zopiclone has led to sudden excitations,
anxiety, sleep disorders and hallucinations. If you experience either one of
these phenomena while taking Zimovane-Datolan, get in touch with your doctor as
soon as possible; if you experience anything more of these mentioned, do not
hesitate in seeking medical attention.
5. HOW TO STORE ZOPICLONE
There is no specific instruction or
precaution on how to store the medication.
Once expired, do not take this
MEDICINES SHOULD BE STORED IN SAFE PLACES FAR FROM A CHILD’S REACH