Safety Alerts – Eszopiclone Containing Sleep Aids Can Cause Next-Day Impairment

Safety Alerts for Human Medical Products > Eszopiclone Containing Sleep Aids: Drug Safety Communication – Can Cause Next-Day Impairment.

A study of Lunesta found that the previously recommended dose of 3 mg can cause impairment to driving skills, memory, and coordination that can last more than 11 hours after receiving an evening dose (see Data Summary). Despite these driving and other problems, patients were often unaware they were impaired.  The new lower recommended starting dose of 1 mg at bedtime will result in less drug in the blood the next day. 

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