I received an agitated phone call early one morning from my good friend, Karen, who was attempting Lunesta withdrawal on her own. Desperate to sleep, Karen allowed herself to be persuaded to take Lunesta sleeping pills, hoping for a miracle. After only two weeks, she realized that Lunesta was not for her, primarily because she felt depressed and aggressive. So she decided to quit – and that was why she was calling in tears. She spent an entire week in bed with nausea, trembling and chills. Perhaps the stomach cramps were the worst of the Lunesta side effects, Karen informed me.
The active ingredient in Lunesta is named eszopiclone. A frightening fact that most Lunesta users don't know is that eszopiclone is a "Schedule IV Controlled Substance" under the Controlled Substances Act. Unfortunately, addiction to this frightening drug is easily acquired. Tolerance can develop after daily use of Lunesta in only a week or two.
The Miserable Symptoms Of Lunesta Withdrawal
Even those with the most to gain – the huge drug manufacturers – acknowledge that if an insomniac has swallowed eszopiclone for a mere 14 days, they should under no account not stop taking Lunesta. The only safe way to withdraw is with the help of a doctor and they counsel the user to arrange an appointment with a specialist who can help them to safely quit. Normally, this doctor will recommend a gradual step-down in the amount of medication in an attempt to reduce the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. Note: no one can prevent some symptoms from occurring – after only two weeks of usage!
Here are a few of Lunesta's withdrawal symptoms:
* Grouchiness and irritability
* Upset stomach and often vomiting
* Stomach cramps and other muscle cramps
* Panic attacks
* Exhaustion, which is especially ironic
* Unusual dreams that are often disturbing in nature
* And – can you believe it – insomnia
It's astounding, isn't it, that insomnia is a regular symptom of Lunesta. It is known as “rebound insomnia.“ To her sorrow, Karen learned the hard way about this awful condition – she tried Lunesta to reduce her insomnia symptoms, but when she stopped, her original insomnia problem was much more dreadful than before.
Why Sleeping Pills Don't Work
The chronic use of sleeping medications like Lunesta can be troublesome and ineffective for many reasons:
* For genuinely deep rest, we need dream or REM sleep and that doesn't happen with drugs.
* Even if the pills work, guess what happens when you stop? You guessed it – insomnia reigns supreme once again!
* And, naturally, many people become physically and mentally dependent on the drug, just the way Karen did. Many are persuaded that sleep isn't an option without a handy, dandy little capsule.
* Many sleepers are curious about why they feel like they have a hangover the next day – when they're had nothing at all to drink. The sleeping pill is the cause.
* The medications lose their effectiveness when used on a nightly basis–and the patient is indeed directed to take them every night. The brain receptors become less sensitive to the effects. In as little as three to four weeks, many sleeping pills become no more effective than a sugar pill.
So whenever you spy a Lunesta commercial with the lovely green butterfly floating around a person who is sleeping serenely and deeply, don't forget about the horrors of Lunesta withdrawal and resolve to end your restless nights a different way.
Lunesta Ruined My Life for Months
I've had insomnia associated with Fibromyalgia since 1990. Tried everything alternative. Read that the "butterfly" had no side effects, wasn't addictive, etc. Took it for two years with no problems except that it became ineffective. My doctor gave me a two-week tapering schedule. I went into rebound insomnia and only slept ONE HOUR a night for 8 weeks. I was agitated, manic, and could not control what came out of my mouth and got into trouble at work, with friends, etc. Felt like I was crawling out of my skin. The three doctors I went to did not believe that it was the Lunesta withdrawal because of the literature. I did not feel back to myself for 8 months. It was a horrible, horrible experience.
How I quit Lunesta
I quit taking Lunesta three weeks ago w/o any withdrawal symtoms whatsoever. I slept peacefully throughout the night and didn't suffer from any adverse conditions. Please let everyone out there know that having will power is a big plus whenever you're trying to quit on a medicine that has earned such a notorious reputation as Lunesta has. Just had to let you all know how I did it and the lack of ill effects that accompanied my quitting this particular drug. Brian Stanley