Imovane is a drug specially prescribed for persons who are suffering from insomnia. However, some take this drug as an antidepressant. Zopiclone is sedating and as such it is used as a sleeping pill. It works by causing a tranquilization of the central nervous system of the human body.
This article will answer some general questions about Imovane. It does not include all the available information and therefore it is not practical to replace your doctor or pharmacist. Since all medicines have risks and benefits, your doctor will weigh the risks of prescribing Imovane against the benefits it will have to you.
What is Imovane used for?
Imovane can be used by people who have trouble sleeping. This disorder is known as insomnia. Imovane can help you fall asleep and reduces the number of times you will wake up during the night. It is used for short term treatment of insomnia, such as 2 – 4 weeks. However, your doctor might prescribe Imovane for other purposes. Ensure to ask your doctor about the uses of Imovane if it is prescribed to you.
When not to take Imovane
Do not take Imovane if you have:
• been drinking alcohol or there is alcohol in your bloodstream
• sleep apnea
• myasthenia gravis
• severe liver problems
• acute and/or severe lung problems
• had a stroke
Moreover, it is recommended that you do not take Imovane if you are allergic to it or any of the ingredients in contains, such as; calcium hydrogen phosphate, starch-wheat, sodium starch glycollate, lactose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, and macrogol 6000.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include skin rash, itching, shortness of breath, swelling of the face, lips or tongue, which may cause difficulty swallowing or breathing. Also, do not take Imovane if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, after the expiration date printed on the pack or if the packaging is damaged or has been tampered with.
How to Take Imovane
Imovane should only be taken when you are able to get a full night’s sleep of 7 to 8 hours, before you need to be active again. The standard adult dose of Imovane is one tablet just before bed. If you are over 65 years of age, the dosage would be a half of a tablet taken before bed.
Ask your doctor about the uses Imovane if you are unsure of the correct dose you should take. He will tell you exactly how much to take, as taking the wrong dose may not work. Also, Imovane should be not be given to children or adolescents less than 18 years of age.
Lastly, Imovane tablets must be swallowed with a full glass of water.
When to Take Imovane
Take Imovane immediately before bed. It helps to put you to sleep quite quickly. Note however, if you take Imovane on an empty stomach, it might work quicker.
Side Effects of Imovane
All medicines have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but sometimes they are not. You need not be alarmed, as you may not experience any of them. The list of possible side effects includes headaches, dry mouth, a bitter taste in your mouth, drowsiness, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, change in appetite, stomach pain, rash etc. Consult with your doctor about the effects before using Imovane.
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them. If you remove the tablets from the box or blister pack, they may not keep well. Other information about Imovane storage is also printed in the package itself.