Lunesta is the trade name for Eszopiclone, a prescription hypnotic medication used to treat insomnia. Hypnotic medications help you to fall asleep by slowing your brain's activity, allowing you to relax and slowly drift off to sleep. Lunesta is one of the most marketed medications for this purpose, and it is commonly asked for by patients that have difficulty sleeping and want to try a prescription medication to help.
Unfortunately, it is important to consider that this type of activity can be perceived as the potential for abuse because people should not seek medications unless they actually have a legitimate reason to take them.
Lunesta is available in tablet form to be taken by mouth. Typically, Lunesta is taken daily immediately prior to going to bed. Refrain from eating fatty foods within two hours of taking Lunesta. Foods high in fat prevent the proper breakdown and metabolism of Lunesta, thereby rendering it less effective. After taking Lunesta for seven to ten days you should notice a dramatic improvement in the duration and quality of your sleep.
Lunesta is designed only to be taken for a short period of time. As such, one of the most common ways that people abuse this medication is by taking it for longer than the physician prescribes it. There are other ways that people may abuse Lunesta, including taking more of the medication than they are meant to, or taking more frequent dosages than a physician has recommended. Most people that abuse Lunesta actually begin taking it normally as prescribed and for a legitimate reason, but over time they develop a physical dependency and this makes it so they have a perceived need for more of the drug in order to get the same results that they had received in the past.
If you are beginning to feel as if you need to take more Lunesta than you had to in the past in order to get the same results, then the odds are good that you are developing a tolerance to the drug and a physical dependency as a result. If this is the case, speak to your physician before you modify your own dosage of the medication, because self-medicating in any form can be severely dangerous and a physician should always be consulted to help you with the process.