• Thursday , 19 October 2017

Imovane (Zopiclone)

Imovane (Zopiclone) Dr H. Scheele
Drug Review

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Generic Name: Zopiclone (zoe-PIK-lone)
Brand Names: Imovane
Dosage: 7.5mg
Generic Imovane is a preparation with psychoactive abilities, known to have muscle relaxant, soporific, soothing, and anticonvulsive action. It is considered to be one of cyclopyrrolone class. This class of medications has several structural differences if compared to barbiturates and benzodiazepines. It is also known under the name of its active material, which is zopiclone. Generic zopiclone is responsible for:

  1. The ability to reduce the time a person needs to fall asleep
  2. Prolonging the duration of sleep
  3. Making sleep quality and waking up better
  4. Making nighttime awakenings less frequent

The soporific effect of generic Imovane without a prescription does not form a habit during a long course of treatment. Such period might last up to 17 weeks.

When doctors may prescribe Imovane

The following indispositions are known to be cured with Imovane:

  • Difficulties in falling asleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Frequent awakenings during the nighttime
  • Chronic, occasional, and temporary sleeplessness

Psychiatric disturbances might also be reasons why physicians prescribe you Imovane, in case they are responsible for secondary sleep disturbance.

Safety precautions

Although the risk is minimal, you need to remember that there is a possibility of becoming dependent on Imovane. This dependency might develop in cases of increased dosage and treatment duration, alcohol and/or drug abuse, and taking other psychotropic medication at the same time.

What is the proper dosage of generic Imovane?

Before you proceed reading, you need to understand that the following information is not a substitute for your MD’s prescription. You can acquaint yourself with it, but do not take Imovane without a consultation with a physician or pharmacist. Treat your own health with responsibility!

The following dosage of Imovane is considered to be the most common:

  • 7,5 milligrams (or 1 tablet) per one day for adults under 65
  • 3,75 milligrams (or half a tablet) per one day for adults of age 65 and older (it might be increased to one tablet per day later, though)
  • 3,75 milligrams for adults suffering from diseases like chronic pulmonary insufficiency or hepatic dysfunction

Patients usually need to take zopiclone before they are going to sleep.

Are there any adverse reactions to Imovane without a prescription?

Medics claim that dry mouth appears to be the most common side reaction to the treatment with Imovane. There might be some other negative effects as well:

  1. Allergic reactions: rush, skin itch; anaphylactic reaction and Quincke’s edema happen very seldom
  2. Alimentary system: sickness, gastric indigestion; there have also been sporadic cases of insignificant increase in hepatic transaminases activity and/or alkaline phosphatase in blood serum
  3. Central nervous system: anterograde amnesia, leftover sleepiness, headache, giddiness; rarely ― feeling of depression, inadequate behavior, dejection, disturbed coordination of movements, mental confusion, aggressiveness, irritability, hallucinations, embarrassment, nightmares

Discontinuation of taking Imovane may bring about withdrawal syndrome that is followed by symptoms like tremor, tachycardia, excessive sweating; very seldom ― seizures.

What are the symptoms of overdose with Imovane without a prescription?

An overdose with zopiclone have no threat to life unless it is combined with other preparations that have inhibitory action upon the central nervous system (including alcohol). Other risk factors, such as concomitant disease and weakened state of a patient might intensify symptoms and even (although very rarely) lead to the fatal outcome.

Here is the list of possible symptoms:

  • Depending on the quantity of Imovane taken: different degree of CNS suppression, from sleepiness to coma
  • Mild cases: apathy, mental confusion, somnolence
  • Severe cases: coma, respiratory depression, arterial hypotension, ataxy

Treatment: gastric lavage could be effective only when done soon after zopiclone has been taken. If necessary, it is recommended to conduct a symptomatic and maintenance therapy in a hospital. It is also important to support the functioning of respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

How does Imovane interact with other preparations?

It is not recommended to take zopiclone with alcohol at the same time, because there is a possibility that the sedative effect of this active material would be increased.

Inhibitory effect upon CNS might be increased when Imovane is taken with:

  • Neuroleptics
  • Hypnotic agents
  • Tranquilizers
  • Sedatives
  • Antidepressants
  • Opioid analgesics
  • Antiepileptic drugs
  • Anesthetic agents
  • Antihistamines
  • Erythromycin

Imovane intake reduces the concentration of trimipramine in plasma, as well as its effect.

How to buy Imovane online

There is quite a number of online pharmacies that offer Imovane for sale.

Nevertheless, you need to check first whether it is legal to purchase this medication without a prescription in your country. You can find that information with help of your local code of laws.

If you are sure that you are allowed to buy zopiclone legally, you can proceed on a trusted online pharmacy website and place your order there. The procedure is quite similar to an ordinary online purchase: you select the item you need, choose the amount, payment method (PayPal, etc.), and proceed to the order. Some drugstores provide you with overnight deliveries of Imovane.

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