Zopiclone is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic drug, which is used for the treatment of insomnia. It influences the amount of GABA inside the human body and increases the activity of the neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.
Zopiclone tablets have a sedating effect. The main action of the drug is to decrease the overall functions of the central nervous system. This lack of ‘wakefulness’ induces a state of rest and relaxation in the brain, resulting in sleep. It is not recommended to stop taking Zopiclone abruptly, as it may cause withdrawal symptoms. However, these side effects are minor and subside with the correct usage of medication.
Zopiclone is available in different doses, they can be prescribed as 3.75 mg, 5 mg and 7.5 mg tablets. Popularly known as the ‘Z’ drug, this medicine has no habit forming properties.
The Medicinal Advantages
This medicine is safe to use for the following:
- Sleep initiation
- Sleep maintenance
Specific benefits for the elderly
Zopiclone is generally tolerated well by the elderly. It ensures a prompt onset of sleep and reduces the number of sleep disturbances throughout the night. Taking Zopiclone allows the elderly population to get plenty of rest. Side effects are minor and subside with the correct usage of medication.
Prolonged sleep is one of the main advantages of the drug, allowing the older generation to sleep well throughout the night. It also increases alertness in the day, encouraging independence, which can also prevents falls and other risks.
There is an overall decrease in the appearance of ulcers in the elderly after taking Zopiclone regularly. Lack of sleep leads to increased levels of stress hormones which can cause ulcerative lesions inside the mucosal lining of the stomach.
The effects on EEG
There are many immediate, positive, physical effects that can be observed when taking Zopiclone. It causes a decline in the body’s core temperature and decreases sleep latency. EEG findings taken from patients who regularly take Zopiclone reveal encouraging results. The effects of the drug on overall sleep showed to be very healthy with no side effects or any allergic reactions. It significantly reduces the appearance and quantity of high amplitude delta waves and regular delta waves. It also increases the number of low amplitude delta waves, which results in peaceful sleep for the entire night.
As with all sedative hypnotics, patients are advised not to drive or operate heavy machinery while under the treatment of Zopiclone tablets.