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medical indication and effects

Zopiclone was developed in 1986 to create a less addictive alternative to benzodiazepines. It is used solely to treat insomnia as it makes the patient very drowsy within 20 minutes after intake. On this way it helps you get to sleep faster. After it's peak the drug will be reduced in the body faster than the most other sleep aids, which helps waking up in the morning. This does not comply if sleep period of the patient is shorter than 8 hours. In this case drowsiness and memory problems may occur.
The following side effects are ordered by descending occurrence.
  • confusion
  • difficulty with coordination
  • mood or mental changes
  • shortness of breath
  • drowsiness
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • tightness in chest
  • wheezing
  • skin rash


last update:10.05.2017
active agent:zopiclone
disease:sleep disorders

brands and manufacturers

imovanesanofi aventis
zophab pharma
zopiconintas pharma

dosage forms and release types

3.75mg, 5mg, 7.5mg pillstandard release

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