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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Lunesta Overview

Lunesta Addiction TreatmentLunesta is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia). Lunesta is used to treat insomnia. This medication causes relaxation to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Lunesta Signs of Abuse

There are a variety of signs that can indicate Lunesta abuse and addiction. Some may include:

  • "Doctor shopping" or visiting numerous doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions
  • Forging prescriptions for Lunesta
  • Borrowing or stealing Lunesta from friends and loved ones
  • Life begins to revolve around drug
  • Social withdrawal
  • Occupational or scholastic dysfunction
  • Tried to quit using Lunesta but failed
  • Find it impossible to get to sleep without using Lunesta
  • Experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit using

Possible Effects of Lunesta Abuse

There are a variety of symptoms that can indicate Lunesta abuse and addiction. The symptoms experienced depend upon the individual and the level of addiction. Some symptoms may include:

  • Aggression, agitation, changes in behavior;
  • Day-time drowsiness, dizziness, "hangover" feeling
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety, depression, nervous feeling
  • Nausea, stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite

Lunesta Possible Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms are one of the clearest signs of any addiction, and Lunesta is no exception. When a chronic abuser stops using the drug, there may be a number of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

  • Dizziness
  • Stomach cramps and other muscle cramps
  • Upset stomach, vomiting, fatigue
  • Anxiety; Irritability
  • Panic attacks
  • Shakiness
  • Unusual dreams that are often disturbing in nature
  • Rebound insomnia

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