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Medication type:

A non-benzodiazepine hypnotic medicine

Other names:
  • Zimovane® "ZI-mo-vayn"
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What can it be used for?

  • 18 & Over
    If you are 18 or over, the doctor can prescribe zopiclone for you as a licensed medicine if you have difficulty getting to sleep.
  • Under 18
    If you are under 18, there is less research about its use and effectiveness in young people. Even so, specialists might prescribe it off label if it is the best medicine for you.

Ways to take and what's in it?

  • Tablets

    3.75mg and 7.5mg strengths are available

  • Tablets

    The tablets may not be suitable for you if you have problems eating some sugars or dairy (milk-based) foods, as they contain lactose. Some zopiclone tablets also contain wheat starch. People with coeliac disease can take these tablets, but people who have an allergy to wheat cannot take them.

Zopiclone can help to increase the effectiveness of the chemical GABA in your brain.

You should take Zopiclone as agreed with your doctor.

Zopiclone has side effects, and if they happen they can be serious

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