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Lunesta Side Effects, Withdrawal Symptoms, and Detox

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Lunesta is the brand name for the generic drug eszopiclone. It is a sedative and part of the non-benzodiazepine drug class. But because of its high potential for addiction, abuse, and dangerous interactions with other substances and medications, doctors only prescribe Lunesta as a short-term treatment method for insomnia. When this drug is abused in high doses for a long period of time, the user will likely experience withdrawal symptoms if they discontinue use, especially if they do so abruptly. In addition, people frequently abuse Lunesta with alcohol and opioid drugs, increasing the risk of dependence and overdose. Medically-assisted Lunesta detox and rehab can provide tools and resources to get sober.

Lunesta affects Gamma-Aminobutyric Acidreceptors (GABA). In doing so, this medication can calm neural activity and slow the central nervous system, helping people fall asleep and stay asleep. It is also referred to as a “z-drug” because it is considered to have a lower tendency for addiction. However, it can still trigger addiction after regular use or abuse. According to Women’s Health, Women may be more prone to abusing sleeping pills than men as two-thirds of the emergency department visits for the non-medical use of sleeping pills were for women in 2010.

Side Effects of Lunesta Abuse

Lunesta or sleeping pill addiction can severely disrupt someone’s life. Like other sleeping pills, people who are addicted to this drug can find themselves sleeping too much, feeling drowsy, or getting into accidents because of the drug. Additive effects occur with the accompanying use of other CNS depressants like alcohol, antidepressants, and opioids. This is according to the US Food and Drugs Administration [2]. Serious physical and psychological side effects can occur as a result of Lunesta abuse.

Short-term side effects of Lunesta abuse may include the following:

  • Coordination impairment
  • Depression
  • Memory loss

Long-term side effects of Lunesta abuse may include the following:

  • Memory loss
  • Lasting cognitive problems
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle twitching
  • Tinnitus
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Hallucinations

Common Signs of Lunesta Addiction

If a person is addicted and need to start the Lunesta detox treatment, some of the following signs may apply:

  • Taking the drug for longer than originally prescribed
  • Isolating themselves from friends and loved ones
  • Crushing and snorting Lunesta pills
  • Taking larger or more frequent doses of Lunesta than prescribed
  • Mixing Lunesta with other drugs
  • Feeling as though they can’t stop taking Lunesta
  • Having cravings for Lunesta

Common Lunesta Withdrawal Symptoms

The Lunesta Detox process brings with it withdrawal symptoms, and they may vary. Lunesta affects GABA receptors in the brain. Generally, substances that affect GABA have the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms. If someone is using Lunesta for years, they will likely have very severe withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly try to stop using it.

Some of the most common Lunesta withdrawal symptoms are called rebound symptoms. Rebound symptoms are the recurrence of symptoms the drug was originally used to treat. When someone is going through withdrawal, these symptoms may be more severe than they were original. For example, severe insomnia is a rebound withdrawal symptom of the Lunesta detox process. Other common Lunesta withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares or vivid dreams
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Problems with memory
  • Changes in mood or mood swings
  • Shakiness or weakness
  • General sleep problems
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
Lunesta Detox
A medical detox program is the best option for managing withdrawal from Lunesta

Lunesta Detox Withdrawal Timeline

The Lunesta withdrawal timeline can vary quite a bit. First, people who used Lunesta for only a short time and took small doses may not even notice withdrawal symptoms. However, people who have used the drug heavily and chronically can experience withdrawal symptoms for weeks or even months.

For most people, withdrawal symptoms begin to appear within one to two days after the last dose of Lunesta. The initial symptoms are usually anxiety and insomnia. Symptoms of Lunesta withdrawal will typically peak anywhere from three to seven days. Within about three weeks, symptoms become milder and eventually go away for most people. However, if you are among the heavily dependent upon Lunesta, ongoing withdrawal symptoms may occur for up to eight weeks after taking the last dose of the drug.

Medically Assisted Lunesta Detox

There is a huge difference between cold-turkey detox and medically-assisted Lunesta detox. With a cold-turkey detox, someone addicted to Lunesta suddenly stops taking the drug. Unfortunately, a sudden stop will trigger intense physical and emotional symptoms in the client within twelve hours after the last dose. In some instances, these symptoms can be dangerous.

Medically supervised Lunesta detox seeks to lessen these risks with a tapering off schedule and the supervision of trained, qualified medical staff. In a medically assisted detox center, clients are given decreasing doses of Lunesta or a replacement non-benzodiazepine. By tapering off the dosage, the drug can stay in the client’s system for reducing amounts over a period. This is much gentler on the body and prevents painful, intense, and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. If someone can safely detox in a controlled and supportive environment, they’re at less risk of experiencing a relapse because of the pain of withdrawal.

The FDA approves specific medications to use with some drugs during the withdrawal and detox process. However, there is not one particular Lunesta medication used during detox and withdrawal. Instead, a medical team will usually evaluate the individual and see if they are a good candidate for medicines that will keep them safer and more comfortable.

During Lunesta detox, the objective is to help the individual stop using the drug while lessening symptoms and ensuring that vitals stay at a healthy level. In addition, during Lunesta detox, a patient may be evaluated for co-occurring mental health conditions. Treatments for these conditions may start during the detox phase. Lunesta detox may take a long time. This needs to be monitored by the medical team.

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We understand how behavioral disorders and secondary co-occurring addiction diagnoses directly impact each other. We Level Up Florida can instill a support system through our mental health treatments that can make you feel valuable. Call us now for a free mental health assessment! Inpatient medical detox and residential primary addiction treatment may be available at our affiliated facility at Level Up Treatment West Palm Beach.


[1] Women’s Health – Lunesta Detox Process

[2] FDA –