How should I take zopiclone?
Always take this medication exactly as your doctor or pharmacist tells you to. You should check with them if you are not sure. Treatment with this medication should be as short as possible because the risk of dependence increases with the duration of treatment. Swallow your tablet with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew your tablet. Take your prescribed dose just before bedtime and do not take it again during the same night. Only take this medication if you are able to get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep before you need to be active again. The usual length of treatment is 2 days to 3 weeks. Keep taking zopiclone until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop taking this medication suddenly, but tell your doctor if you want to stop. Your doctor will need to lower your dose and stop your tablets over a period of time. If you stop taking zopiclone suddenly, your sleep problems may come back and you may get a ‘withdrawal effect’. If this happens you may get some of the effects listed below. See a doctor straight away if you get any of the following effects: Feeling anxious, shaky, irritable, agitated, confused or having panic attacks Sweating Headache Faster heartbeat or uneven heartbeat (palpitations) A lower level of awareness and problems with focusing or concentrating Nightmares, seeing or hearing things that are not real (hallucinations) Being more sensitive to light, noise and touch than normal Relaxed grip on reality Numbness and tingling in your hands and feet Aching muscles Stomach problems In rare cases fits (seizures) may also occur.