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What is Zopiclone (Imovane) used for?
Zopiclone (also known by its brand names Imovane and Zimovane) is a type of drug called a sedative-hypnotic – that helps you to sleep. It’s used for the short-term relief of severe insomnia, where your insomnia is negatively affecting your daytime functioning, but is not considered safe or effective for long-term use.
It can help with various aspects of insomnia, such as difficulty falling asleep at night, waking up during the night, or waking too early in the morning. It can help with insomnia due to different causes, such as insomnia caused by mental illness, stress or specific circumstances or events. However, it doesn’t work at helping night shift workers sleep during the daytime.
What is Zopiclone 7.5mg used for?
Zopiclone 7.5mg is used for adults (though not elderly adults) as a short-term treatment for insomnia, taken once a day before bed.
However, in some countries, such as Canada, the recommended starting dose has been reduced to 3.75mg, in order to avoid the side effects of being still drowsy and impaired the following morning – see below for more details, “What are zopiclone side effects”.
Is Imovane good for anxiety, insomnia, sleep, depression, fear of flying, pain?
Imovane, or Zopiclone, is effective for treating insomnia in the very short-term, e.g., up to a week, though it’s generally not useful for long-term use – partly because your body can get used to it so it becomes less effective and also because you can become physically dependent on it – more on this below.
For anxiety, although Zopiclone (Imovane) does have anxiety-reducing effects for some, it’s not prescribed for anxiety because it makes you drowsy, so is not much use for helping anxiety when you want to be awake! If anxiety is the cause of your insomnia, it could help.
Though, again, it can only effectively and safely be used for a few days or so, due to the risk of getting used to it and being dependent on it. Also, if you take it in the long-term, if may even make you more anxious in the daytime (due to a mild withdrawal effect each day).
Zopiclone (Imovane) does not treat depression.
It’s not a good idea to take it for fear of flying because you should only take it when you can be sure to get at least 7-8 hours sleep right away after taking it. This is because it makes you drowsy and also may induce temporary memory loss, so if you’re on a flight and get woken a few hours after taking it, you may be disorientated, confused, not aware of what’s going on, etc.
Zopiclone does have muscle-relaxing effects so may help pain if it’s cause by muscle tension. However, it’s not prescribed for that and other medications are better suited to pain relief.
How does Zopiclone work?
Zopiclone works by increasing the sensitivity of nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to the neurotransmitter, gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA has an inhibitory effect on the nervous system, reducing its electrical activity. So by stimulating the GABA nerve pathways, zopiclone effectively calms and slows down the central nervous system, thus having a sedating effect.
Note that Zopiclone doesn’t treat the underlying cause of your insomnia, just its symptoms. Also bear in mind that for long-term treatment of insomnia, non-drug therapies such as cognitive-behavioural therapies have a better track record of success.
Who invented Zopiclone?
Zopiclone was first developed in 1986 by Rhône-Poulenc S.A., which is now part of Sanofi-Aventis.
Zopiclone was approved by the UK National Health Service as a treatment for insomnia in 1989.
Who makes Imovane?
Brand name Imovane is made by Sanofi-Aventis. However, there is no longer any patent on Zopiclone so many generic versions of Zopiclone are available, which may be called ‘generic Imovane’, ‘generic Zimovane’, zopiclone, or various other names.
How to take Zopiclone (Imovane)
Who can take Zopiclone?
First off, if you’re allergic to zopiclone, any other hypnotic (sleep-inducing) medicines, you shouldn’t take it. Tell your doctor if you have any other allergies as this may mean you’re more at risk of being allergic to zopiclone.
There are other medical conditions which might mean it’s not safe for you to take zopiclone. These include: severe liver problems, a muscle disease called myasthenia gravis, difficulty breathing including when asleep (sleep apnea), and also rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption.
There are other medical conditions which mean you may be able to take zopiclone, with special care. These include being unable to tolerate certain sugars, having liver or kidney disease, having a history of mental illness or alcohol or drug abuse.
In all cases, tell your doctor about any and all medical conditions you have or have had so they can assess whether zopiclone is safe for you, and what dosage is appropriate.
If you’re elderly, it may have powerful effects on you – and side effects! – so you’ll probably need a lower dosage. If you have chronic insomnia, you might also want to skip it altogether, since medical research has found that sleeping pills like zopiclone, zolpidem or benzodiazepines not only put your more at risk of unsteadiness, falls and mental impairment (including memory loss) but may not be much more effective than non-drug treatments (such as cognitive behavioural therapy) for chronic insomnia.
Also, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you shouldn’t be using it as it’s not safe for your baby – more on this below.
How much Zopiclone (Imovane) can I take?
The dose which is safe for you will depend on several things, including your age, size, gender, other health conditions, other medications you may be on, life circumstances, and the type and severity of symptoms you’re taking it for.
General information is provided here but don’t assume that this is what is safe or useful for you.
The British National Formulary states the usual dose is 7.5 mg at bedtime (for adults over 18 years old), and for the elderly, 3.75 mg at bedtime, which may be gradually increased if necessary. However, Health Canada has changed its usual starting dose to 3.75mg (for adults over 18) due to concerns over people still being under its effects the next morning when taking the higher dose.
Make sure that after you take it, you’re going to be able to lie down and rest. You don’t want to be active and doing things under its influence – as well as making you drowsy, it can result in temporary memory loss a few hours after taking it – so you want to be able to sleep through that!
Note: if you miss a dose by mistake, take it as soon as you remember (e.g., if you take it in the evening, and you remember by the time you go to bed). However, if it’s getting close to when you’d take your next dose, don’t take the missed dose. Just leave it and wait to take your next dose as normal. It’s really important not to double up on a dose. So if in doubt, leave it.
How much Zopiclone (Imovane) is too much?
Any more than your doctor prescribes is too much.
Signs of overdose include sleepiness, a feeling of being unable to do anything (lethargy) and not being able to co-ordinate your muscle movements. If you think you or someone else has overdosed, get medical help immediately!
There’s also the issue of how long you can safely take zopiclone for. Generally, it’s recommended to be used for not more than a week or so. At most, it can be used for up to four weeks, but it’s not recommended to be taken longer than that. That’s partly because you’re more likely to become physically dependent on it the longer you take it (details on this below, “Is Zopiclone addictive”), but also partly because it can stop being effective if you take it for a while as your body gets used to the effects, so then you need higher and higher doses to get the same initial effect.
Check both these things also mean that if you stop it suddenly, you can get withdrawal symptoms as your body struggles to adapt to its absence.
So only take it for as long as your doctor instructed and no longer. Also, you will usually be scheduled to come off it gradually, to avoid developing withdrawal symptoms.
When to take Zopiclone (Imovane)?
To take it, swallow a tablet (or half a tablet, depending on your dose) whole with a glass of water. Usually you take it once a day, before bed. Remember, only take it if you are able to sleep for 7-8 hours directly afterwards before having to get up and be active again. It’s important that its effects (drowsiness, being uncoordinated, memory loss) have had time to wear off by the time you need to get up.
Can I take Zopiclone (Imovane) with food or alcohol or coffee?
You can take it with food, though not grapefruit since it increases its effects, as does grapefruit juice.
You should definitely not take zopiclone with alcohol. This is because both zopiclone and alcohol depress your central nervous system, making you drowsy and maybe dizzy. Having alcohol with zopiclone increases these depressive and sedative effects, potentially dangerously, and also makes you more at risk of overdosing.
Coffee may counteract the effects of zopiclone and vice versa but more research is needed into this. So best not to drink coffee close to taking zopiclone, though clearly it would be a terrible idea to drink coffee before bedtime anyway if you have insomnia.
There are some medications that may interact with zopiclone, meaning it’s not safe to take them together, or that your dosage of either one might have to be adjusted. Tell your doctor all other medications you’re taking and even herbal products or dietary supplements as they may affect how zopiclone works too (e.g., St John’s Wort reduces its effects).
Here’s a list of some that may interact with Zopiclone, though it’s not a complete list (from
- Medicines for high blood pressure
- Adrenergic neurone blockers
- Medicines for depression
- Drugs for mental illness (antipsychotics)
- Medicines for anxiety
- Medications for epilepsy (fitting)
- Sleeping tablets
- Opioid or strong painkillers
- St John’s wort
It can take up to two hours for the full effects of Zopiclone to be felt.
How long does zopiclone last in the system? When does zopiclone wear off?
Zopiclones main effects wear off about about 7-8 hours. However, even after this, some of it still lingers in your system so you can still be affected by it the next morning – be drowsy or uncoordinated or otherwise impaired – which is why it’s not recommended to drive the morning after taking it. And which is also why it’s best to take the smallest dose that will work for you, as the smaller the dose, the less chance of being affected by it the next day.
How do I stop taking Zopiclone (Imovane)?
Gradually, particularly if you’ve been on it more than a couple of weeks. See your doctor about reducing your dosage gradually as if you stop suddenly you can get unpleasant withdrawal symptoms (more details below, under “side effects” and “are Zopiclone addictive”).
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Is Zopiclone safe or dangerous?
Zopiclone is considered to be safe if you take it as a short-term medicine for insomnia – for up to a week or so. However, it’s not considered to be safe for long-term use, because of the way your body gets used to it and can become physically dependent on it – more on this just below (“are Zopiclone addictive”).
If you used Zopiclone exactly as prescribed by your doctor, it’s probably not dangerous. However, if you use it without consulting a medical professional, then it could be dangerous for several reasons – firstly, because you may have a health condition that makes Zopiclone dangerous for you, secondly because you may be taking other medicines or supplements which Zopiclone could dangerously interact with, and thirdly because you may not be taking the dosage appropriate for you and your specific needs and circumstances. Taking too much Zopiclone can be dangerous and the risk of addiction is real.
The other way Zopiclone can be dangerous is if you come off it suddenly, as it can cause withdrawal symptoms which can be severe if you’ve been taking it for a while (e.g., seizures and delirium) – more on this just below (under “side effects”).
And of course, some of the side effects may be harmful to you, depending on how you react to it. For example, elderly people are more at risk of becoming unsteady and falling and breaking bones after taking Zopiclone.
What are the side effects of Zopiclone?
One of the main side effects of Zopiclone is that it can make you drowsy. No surprise there, since that’s what it’s supposed to do. However, it can actually make you drowsy even the next day (after taking it the night before). This is why some health authorities have lowered the recommended dose (see above, “How much Zopiclone to take”), to try to minimise this next day ‘hangover’ effect.
This means that after you’ve taken Zopiclone, and even the next day, you may be too dozy or uncoordinated to safely drive, use tools or operate machinery or do anything else that needs your full alertness. So you need to make absolutely sure Zopiclone is not having these effects on you before you do these things. Medical studies have been done to test driving abilities the morning after taking Zopiclone (7.5mg) the previous bedtime and found that most people were impaired and were not safe to drive.
Also, Zopiclone can also give you temporary memory loss, which is why it’s important to only take it if you can be assured of being able to sleep for 7-8 hours afterwards, long enough to sleep off most of its effects.
This means that if you wake up in the night, having taken Zopiclone before bed, you can expect to be drowsy and possibly uncoordinated, and may have memory loss, so take care. The elderly are more prone to these effects, and thus are more at risk of falls and hip fractures etc.
Another very common side effect is having a bitter or metallic taste in your mouth.
Less common side effects of Zopiclone (Imovane) include:
- feeling or being sick,
- vomiting, dizziness,
- dry mouth,
Rarer side effects of Zopiclone include:
- amnesia (memory loss),
- itchy rashes,
Other potentially serious side-effects are doing things whilst asleep or half-asleep but having no awareness of doing them and/or no memory of doing them, such as walking, talking, phoning people, eating and even driving – obviously a bit dodgy!
These are more likely if you’ve had any alcohol or taken higher-than-prescribed doses of Zopiclone. See your doctor right away if this happens to you as you’ll probably need to stop taking it.
The other issue with Zopiclone is the withdrawal symptoms you can get if you stop taking it suddenly, especially if you’ve been taking it for more than a few weeks. This is due to your body having become dependent on it (discussed below, “is Zopiclone addictive”).
Withdrawal symptoms can be quite serious and can include headaches, muscle pain, extreme anxiety, tension, restlessness, confusion and irritability, palpitations, and sweating..
The more severe symptoms include de-realisation, depersonalisation, numbness and tingling in your hands or feet, hypersensitivity to light, noise or physical contact, hallucinations or epileptic seizures.
These can be avoided or reduced by by reducing your dosage gradually when you need to stop. See your doctor about this.
Is Zopiclone addictive?
Potentially, yes. Ironically, when z-drugs like Zopiclone were first available, they were promoted as a great alternative to benzodiazepine drugs – with similar benefits but without the addictive potential. However, this has proven not to be the case and Zopiclone in particular is thought to be as least as addictive as benzodiazepines and possibly more so.
It goes like this: if you keep taking Zopiclone, your body gets used to its effects (this is called “tolerance”) so then you need a higher dose to get the same effects, and you also need to have some of it in your system to function properly at all (this is physical “dependence”), which means if you stop taking it suddenly you get withdrawal symptoms.
Once you’re physically dependent on a drug, then it’s a short step to becoming fully addicted, and that’s even before you consider the possibility of psychological dependence – becoming mentally reliant on the drug to help you sleep.
This is the reason that Zopiclone is recommended only as a short-term treatment for insomnia, or for very occasional use in the long-term. You’re more at risk of becoming dependent on, or addicted to Zopiclone the longer you take it.
However, even after three weeks of taking it, you could develop dependence and be at risk of withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop taking it. So if you’ve been taking it a few weeks, your doctor will probably recommend you come off it gradually, reducing your dose slowly, to minimise withdrawal effects.
Other factors also make you more likely to find it addictive, such as if you’ve been addicted to alcohol or other drugs or medicines before, or have mental health problems.
Although Zopiclone can make you feel relaxed, and may even give brief feelings of euphoria, being addicted to it is less pleasant, and you can feel depressed, dissatisfied, hopeless, worried, and even lose your ability to experience pleasure during orgasm!
Can I take Zopiclone when pregnant or breastfeeding?
Generally, no. It’s not safe to take Zopiclone when you’re pregnant as it can harm your baby. For example, in late pregnancy or during labour, your baby could develop hypothermia, hypotonia (floppy baby syndrome), or breathing problems and, once born, it can suffer withdrawal symptoms.
It’s also not safe to take when you’re breastfeeding as it can pass into your breast milk. However, in both cases, talk to your doctor, as in some cases, the benefits of your taking Zopiclone might outweigh the risks to your child.
Zopiclone (Imovane) compared with other similar drugs
Are Zopiclone and Imovane, Ambien, Lunesta, Valium, Zimovane, Zolpidem the same?
Imovane, Zimovane and zopiclone are the same, as Imovane and Zimovane are brand names for the drug Zopiclone.
Ambien is a brand name for Zolpidem, which is a different drug, though similar in that both Zopiclone and zolpidem are ‘z-drugs’ – drugs which are not benzodiazepines but which have similar effects as benzodiazepines, and are used to treat insomnia.
Z-drugs were originally thought to be better than benzodiazepines, since they were believed to be less habit-forming and potentially addictive. But now they’ve been around longer, they’re found to be very similar to benzodiazepine drugs in their effectiveness in treating insomnia and in their potential addictiveness.
Lunesta is a brand name for eszopiclone and, as you may guess from the name, it’s almost identical to zopiclone. Technically, the two are different drugs, but pharmacologically they are extremely similar, though there’s not research yet comparing their effects directly.
Zopiclone is sold in Canada and Europe, while eszopiclone (Lunesta) is sold in the USA.
If you want technical, pharmacological details, these are the three types of z-drugs, along with their most common brand names.
Cyclopyrrolones: Zopiclone (Imovane, Zimovane, Imrest), eszopiclone (Lunesta)
Imidazopyridines: Zolpidem (Stilnoct, Ambien, Ambien CR, Intermezzo, Stilnox)
Pyrazolopyrimidines: zaleplon (Sonata, Starnoc, Andante)
Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine, also sometimes used to treat insomnia, although it has a wider range of licensed uses, including anxiety and panic attacks.
Is Zopiclone like Valium?
Zopiclone is a like Valium in many of its effects, in that both can be prescribed to alleviate insomnia. However, chemically, Imovane (zopiclone) is different type of drug – as explained directly above.
What are alternatives to Zopiclone (Imovane)?
Other medications which can treat insomnia include Ambien (zolpidem) and benzodiazepines such as Valium (diazepam) and Restoril (temazepam). There are also newer insomnia drugs being developed, such as those using melatonin.
However, for long-term insomnia, the best treatments have been found to be non-drug therapies, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, so if you have chronic insomnia, this is probably your best alternative to Imovane.
Which is better – Zopiclone versus Ambien, Diazepam, Stilnox, Sublinox or Temazepam, Zolpidem?
Ambien, Stilnox and Sublinox are all brand names for Zolpidem. This is very similar to Zopiclone. However, Zopiclone seems to work better at keeping you asleep than zolpidem (unless you take a controlled-release form of Zolpidem), if your problem is that you wake up in the night too much.
There is a debate on whether z-drugs, such as Zopiclone and Zolpidem, are better than benzodiazepine drugs, such as Diazepam and Temazepam. They all work in a similar way. Initially it was thought z-drugs were better since they were less addictive.
However, that’s been shown not to be the case and some studies have found that there are no major differences between z-drugs like Zopiclone and benzodiazepines when it comes to short-term treatment of insomnia.
However, to figure out which one is best for you, talk with your doctor. Things like your age, other health conditions you have or other medications or supplements you take, your life circumstances and the nature of your symptoms may mean that one drug is better for you than another.
Everyone’s different so what works well for some may not be the best for you.
Buying Zopiclone online
Where to buy Imovane or Zimovane or zopiclone?
You can’t buy it in the United States since it is no longer commercially available there, though it is available – as brand name Imovane or Zimovane – or as a generic – in most other countries, including Canada and the UK.
Is Zopiclone illegal to buy online?
Zopiclone is a controlled substance in the United States, Japan, Brazil, and some European countries, where it may be illegal to possess it without having a prescription for it. Zopiclone can be legally purchased online in the UK provided a prescription (or online consultation by a medical professional) is provided.
Why is Zopiclone a controlled drug?
Zopiclone is a controlled drug because of its potential to be addictive, and to be abused.
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