Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Zopiclone
Last updated on 15/07/2021.
GENERIC NAME: Zopiclone
CHINESE NAME: 佐匹克隆
BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Imovane, PMS-Zopiclone
DRUG CLASS: Hypnotics
SUB CLASS: Non-benzodiazepines
USED FOR: Insomnia
AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 3.75 mg, 7.5 mg, 10 mg (tablets)
What is Zopiclone for?
Zopiclone is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic with a similar mechanism of action, as benzodiazepines and depress the central nervous system, hence used for promoting sleep and treating insomnia.
How to use it?
Zopiclone is taken as oral tablets just before bedtime for not more than 7-10 consecutive days.
3.75 mg once daily at bedtime, and if necessary, increase to 5 mg and then 7.5 mg.
What are the side effects of Zopiclone?
Common side effects of Zopiclone include palpitations, aggressive behavior, sweating, tremor and anorexia.
Who should not take Zopiclone?
– People who are allergic to Zopiclone or any component of the formulation
– Patients with severe respiratory impairment
– Patients with myasthenia gravis
– Patients with severe hepatic insufficiency
– Patients with a history of complex sleep behaviors after taking any nonbenzodiazepine sedative
– Ensure good sleep hygiene to aid sleep like keeping your nightly routine consistent and unplug from electronics.
Common dosing schedule:
Zopiclone is to be taken once at bedtime to aid sleep.
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Zopiclone may interact with:
– Nitric oxide
Zopiclone may interact with many other medications. Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
Where to buy Zopiclone in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Zopiclone is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Zopiclone in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.