ZOPICLONE FACT SHEET
This information is not a replacement for full discussion of risks and benefits with you doctor.
Other Names: Apo-zopiclone; Imovane
Principal Uses: Short-term (2-4 weeks) for treatment of insomnia.
Cost: Apo-zopiclone is fully funded.
Dose: The recommended dose is 7.5mg (1 tablet) at night but can be commenced at 3.75mg (half tablet) or increased to 15mg (two tablets) at night.
How it works: Zopiclone works in the brain causing sedation. It aids in falling asleep and decreases waking during the night.
Possible Side Effects: Zopiclone is generally well tolerated. The most common side effects are drowsiness, bitter taste in the mouth, dry mouth and headaches.
Use in Pregnancy: Category C
To date there are not many studies of Zopiclone in pregnancy. The evidence suggests Zopiclone does not cause major abnormalities in the baby.
Use in Breast Feeding: Category L3
There are few studies on Zopiclone in breastfeeding women. One study showed only small amounts of Zopiclone in breast milk and no adverse effects on the baby.