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Published: 4/2012

The information on this sheet is based on approvals granted by the Japanese regulatory authority. Approval details may vary by country. Medicines have adverse reactions (risks) as well as efficacies (benefits). It is important to minimize adverse reactions and maximize efficacy. To obtain a better therapeutic response, patients should understand their medication and cooperate with the treatment.
Brand name :
Lunesta Tablets 3mg
 Active ingredient:
Eszopiclon
 Dosage form:
pale red tablet, diameter: 6.45 mm, thickness: 3.2 mm
 Print on wrapping:
ルネスタ錠3mg, E313, Lunesta

Effects of this medicine

This medicine acts on GABA receptors which are deeply involved in sleeping and helps you fall asleep easily. It also has an action to maintain sleep.
It is usually used in the treatment of insomnia.

Before using this medicine, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist

  • If you have previously experienced any allergic reactions (itch, rash, etc.) to any medicines.
    If you have: myasthenia gravis, acute narrow-angle glaucoma or respiratory dysfunction (cor pulmonale, emphysema, bronchial asthma or acute phase of cerebrovascular disorder).
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are taking any other medicinal products. (Some medicines may interact to enhance or diminish medicinal effects. Beware of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements as well as other prescription medicines.)

Dosing schedule (How to take this medicine)

  • Your dosing schedule prescribed by your doctor is ((        to be written by a healthcare professional))
  • In general, for adults, take 2 mg of the active ingredient at a time; and for elderly patients, take 1 mg of the active ingredient at a time; once daily, before going to bed. The dosage may be adjusted according to the symptoms, however, it is restricted to 3 mg of the active ingredient for adults, and 2 mg of the active ingredient for elderly patients. This tablet contains 3 mg of the active ingrdient. Strictly follow the instructions.
  • Take the medicine just before going to bed. Do not take the medicine if you need to get up to do some work after sleeping for a few hours.
  • Do not take the medicine with food or immediately after meal.
  • If you missed a dose, take a dose when you have plenty of time until getting up on the next morning. You should never take two doses at one time.
  • If you accidentally took more than your prescribed dose, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Do not stop taking this medicine unless your doctor instructs you to do so.

Precautions while taking this medicine

  • You may experience sleepiness or loss of concentration on the next morning due to the effect of the medicine. Do not operate dangerous machinery such as a car.
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol because it intensifies the effects of the medicine and may cause adverse effects.

Possible adverse reactions to this medicine

The most commonly reported adverse reactions include taste abnormality, sleepiness, headache, dry mouth, dizziness, pruritus and rash. If any of these symptoms occur, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
The symptoms described below are rarely seen as initial symptoms of the adverse reactions indicated in brackets. If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking this medicine and see your doctor immediately.
  • hives, swelling of eyes and around lips and mouth, breathing difficulty  [shock, anaphylactoid symptoms]
  • being unable to stand without taking the medicine; anxiety, abnormal dream, nausea, insomnia (due to withdrawal of the medicine)  [dependence]
  • difficult to breathe, shortness of breath  [respiratory depression]
  • yellowing in skin and white of eyes, general malaise, loss of appetite  [hepatic dysfunction]
  • nightmare, depressed level of consciousness, excitement, confusion, hallucination, abnormal behavior during sleep  [mental disorder, disturbed conscious]
  • temporal memory loss, memory loss until falling asleep, being unable to remember events that occurred when you awake during sleep, twilight  [transient anterograde amnesia, twilight state]
The above symptoms do not describe all the adverse reactions to this medicine. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any symptoms of concern other than those listed above.

Storage conditions and other information

  • Keep out of the reach of children. Store away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture.
  • Discard the remainder. Do not store them.

For healthcare professional use only : Day Month Year

For further information, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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