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Zopicon 7.5mg (Zopiclone)

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Zopicon 7.5mg (zopiclone) x 30 $1.70 $60.00 $51.00
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Zopicon 7.5mg (zopiclone) x 180 $0.80 $279.00 $144.00
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Product Information

 

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that affects many people worldwide. This sleeping disorder make it difficult for a person to fall asleep, difficult in staying asleep, or cause one to wake up too early and won’t be able to fall back asleep again.

 

Zopicon is a medication used to help patients with insomnia. Zopicon contains 7.5mg of the active ingredient Zopiclone. Zopiclone is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic drug that actually produces similar effects as benzodiazepines. This drug causes sleepiness by acting on brain activity, suppressing excessive activity in the nerve cells. It binds to the benzodiazepine receptor complex or specifically to the alpha subunit of GABA receptor, to increase the inhibitory actions of GABA and produce its sedative, hypnotic and anxiolytic effects.

 

Through its actions, Zopicon helps to reduce the time it takes for one to fall asleep and increases the length of sleep.

 

Manufacturer

 

Zopicon is manufactured by Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

 

Dosage

 

Zopicon tablets must be taken strictly as prescribed by a physician. The dose, the frequency and duration of therapy will vary based on the medical problem being treated per individual.

 

Below are the recommended doses of Zopicon:

  • 7.5mg for adult patients
  • 3.75mg initially for elderly patients, and patients with liver and kidney disease. Dose may be increased up to 7.5mg

 

One tablet of 7.5mg Zopicon must be taken by mouth, swallowed whole with a glassful of water. It must be taken at bedtime or before going to bed for a maximum of 2 to 4 weeks.

 

Zopiclone tablets are for short-term use and should not exceed 4 weeks including period of tapering. The recommended duration of therapy are as follows:

  • transient insomnia: 2 to 5 days
  • short-term insomnia: 2 to 3 weeks

 

Zopiclone use must be stopped gradually to prevent rebound insomnia, anxiety, restlessness and mood changes. If a patient is already physically dependent on Zopiclone tablets, stopping the treatment abruptly may cause side effects such as headache, muscle pain, extreme anxiety, tension, restlessness, confusion, irritability. In severe cases, hypersensitivity to light, noise and physical contact; hallucinations; seizures; depersonalization; and derealization may occur.

 

Contraindications

 

Zopicon must not be used if allergic to the active ingredient Zopiclone or to other ingredients of the tablet.

 

Zopicon is also contraindicated to patients with the following medical problems:

  • severe liver problems
  • breathing problems while sleeping (sleep apnoea syndrome)
  • severe muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis)
  • severe breathing problems or repiratory failure

 

Zopicon must not be used by children under 18 years of age. It is also contraindicated to pregnant and lactating women.

 

Side effects

 

The most common side effects caused by Zopicon include mild bitter or metallic aftertaste in the mouth, drowsiness, and dry mouth. A healthcare provider must be notified if these symptoms worsen or persist.

 

Other side effects include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, agitation.

 

The following side effects may rarely occur while taking Zopicon:

  • confusion
  • urticaria
  • irritability or aggressiveness
  • reduced libido
  • depressed mood
  • difficult breathing
  • incoordination
  • delusions

 

The use of Zopicon must be stopped and medical help is needed right away if an allergic reaction occurs. Symptoms include rash, itching, hives, difficult swallowing or breathing, swelling of lips, face, throat or tongue.

 

Zopicon may also rarely cause the following, but a healthcare provider must be notified in case it occurs:

  • amnesia since taking Zopiclone tablets
  • hallucinations

 

There have been reports that patients taking Zopiclone tablets have done things while asleep which they do not remember upon waking up. Such activities include sleep-walking, sleep-driving or sexual intercourse. A physician must be notified if this occurs.

 

Warnings and Precautions

 

Before using Zopicon, a healthcare provider must be consulted to determine the safe use of the drug. A patient must inform a healthcare provider if any of the following medical conditions apply, before using Zopiclone:

  • pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding
  • kidney or liver problems
  • mild breathing problems
  • mental health problems
  • taking other Zopiclone or similar medications for more than 4 weeks
  • history or tendency of alcohol and drug abuse or personality disorders

 

Drug dependence may occur during using of Zopiclone. The risk is minimal if the drug is used short-term, about 4 weeks or less. The risk of drug dependence is high in patients with history of alcohol and drug abuse or with personality disorders.

 

Rebound and withdrawal effects may also occur in Zopiclone, but the risk can be reduced if the dose is gradually decreased for the discontinuation of drug use.

 

Anterograde amnesia may occur when sleep is interrupted or when sleep is delayed after taking the tablet. The risk of having this effect may be reduced by strictly taking the tablet at bedtime and able to have a full night of uninterrupted sleep. There should be 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to reduce the risk of amnesia. Elderly patients may be at higher risk of this effect.

 

Caution is advised to patients with history of violent behavior and history of unusual reaction to sedatives. Psychotic behavioral changes have been reported with use of Zopiclone.

 

Caution must be exercised to patients with signs and symptoms of depression. The risk of inflicting harm on one’s self is high in patients with depression.

 

Caution is also advised to patients on driving, operating machineries, or performing unsafe tasks because the drug can cause drowsiness and incoordination.

 

Zopiclone may interact with other medications. St. John’s may decrease levels of Zopiclone. The following medicines may also interact with Zopiclone:

  • antipsychotics
  • antidepressants
  • sleeping pills
  • drugs for anxiety
  • other tranquilizers
  • anesthetics
  • drugs for epilepsy
  • antihistamine that causes drowsiness
  • drugs that inhibit liver enzymes

 

Zopiclone is under Pregnancy Category C. Small amounts of Zopiclone are also excreted in breastmilk. This drug is not recommended for use by pregnant and lactating women.

 

Zopicon and Alcohol

 

Drinking alcohol must be avoided while taking Zopiclone (Zopicon) for it will increase the risk of side-effects such as but not limited to sedation, or doing things that can’t be remembered such as sleep-walking.

 

Zopicon and Grapefruit

 

Consuming grapefruit and grapefruit juice must be avoided as it may enhance the effects of Zopiclone (Zopicon).