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Lunesta vs. Rozerem

Are Lunesta and Rozerem the Same Thing?

Lunesta (eszopiclone) and Rozerem (ramelteon) are sedative hypnotics used to treat insomnia.

Unlike some other sleep medications, Rozerem is not known to be habit-forming.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Lunesta?

Common side effects of Lunesta include:

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Lunesta including:

  • memory loss, or
  • mental/mood/behavior changes (such as new or worsening depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior, or anxiety).

Rarely, after taking Lunesta, people have gotten out of bed and driven vehicles while not fully awake ("sleep-driving"). People have also sleepwalked, prepared/eaten food, made phone calls, or had sex while not fully awake. Often, these people do not remember these events. This problem can be dangerous to you or to others. If you find out that you have done any of these activities after taking Lunesta, tell your doctor right away.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Rozerem?

Common side effects of Rozerem include:

  • dizziness,
  • tiredness,
  • daytime drowsiness,
  • nausea, or
  • worsening sleep problems.

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Rozerem including:

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What Is Lunesta?

Lunesta (eszopiclone) is a sedative hypnotic used to treat insomnia.

What Is Rozerem?

Rozerem (ramelteon) is a hypnotic type sedative used to treat insomnia that is associated with having trouble falling asleep. Unlike some other sleep medications, Rozerem is not known to be habit-forming.

What Drugs Interact With Lunesta?

Lunesta may interact with alcohol, other medicines that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (such as cold medicines, pain medications, muscle relaxants, and medicines for depression, anxiety, or seizures), ketoconazole, rifampin, or antidepressants.

What Drugs Interact With Rozerem?

Rozerem may interact with rifampin, or antifungal medications.

Rozerem may also interact with primaquine, thabendazole, antibiotics, or heart rhythm medications.

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How Should Lunesta Be Taken?

The recommended starting dose of Lunesta is 1 mg, taken with a full glass of water. Avoid taking Lunesta within 1 hour after eating a high-fat or heavy meal, because this will make it harder for your body to absorb the medication.

How Should Rozerem Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Rozerem is 8 mg taken within 30 minutes of going to bed.

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References
SOURCE: Sunovion. Lunesta Product Information. http://www.lunesta.com Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.v b. Rozerem Product Information. www.rozerem.com/info?
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