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Common Lunesta Side Effects


The most commonly reported Lunesta side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Dysgeusia (2826)
Insomnia (2477)
Middle Insomnia (1065)
Initial Insomnia (769)
Somnolence (410)
Headache (369)
Nausea (303)
Dizziness (250)
Fatigue (141)
Anxiety (136)
Nightmare (124)
Dry Mouth (121)
Depression (118)
Abnormal Dreams (114)
Amnesia (104)
Feeling Abnormal (101)
Vomiting (100)
Hallucination (96)
Nervousness (81)
Diarrhoea (76)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Lunesta Side Effects Reported to FDA



Lunesta Side Effect Report#8370246-9
This is a report of a 59-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lunesta (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lunesta treatment in female patients, resulting in Death side effect.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8369545-6
Incorrect Dose Administered, Memory Impairment, Confusional State
This report suggests a potential Lunesta Incorrect Dose Administered side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 20-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: insomnia and used Lunesta (dosage: 1 Po Q D) starting NS. After starting Lunesta the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Incorrect Dose Administered, Memory Impairment, Confusional StateAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Lunesta demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Incorrect Dose Administered, may still occur.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8349691-3
Influenza Like Illness, Nausea
This Influenza Like Illness problem was reported by a physician from United States. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Mar 12, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Lunesta (dosage: 2 Mg, Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Thyrogen (0.9 Mg, Qd)
  • Estradiol (0.025 Mg, Unk)
  • Levothyroxine Sodium (125 Mg, Unk)
When using Lunesta, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Influenza Like Illness, NauseaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Influenza Like Illness, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8336190-8
Anxiety
This Anxiety side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: insomnia,anxiety,depression.The patient was prescribed Lunesta (drug dosage: Unk), which was initiated on
Jan 01, 2009. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Effexor Xr (Unk)
  • Effexor Xr
  • Alprazolam (Unk)
.After starting to take Lunesta the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: AnxietyThese side effects may potentially be related to Lunesta.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8313418-1
Adrenal Haemorrhage, Hypertension, Thrombocytopenia, Constipation, Pulmonary Embolism
This is a report of a female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lunesta (dosage: NA, start time:
Feb 14, 2012), combined with:
  • Xarelto
  • Percocet
  • Coreg
  • Nexium
  • Lisinopril
  • Co-q10
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Adrenal Haemorrhage, Hypertension, Thrombocytopenia, Constipation, Pulmonary Embolism after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lunesta treatment in female patients, resulting in Adrenal Haemorrhage side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8312574-9
Visual Impairment, Sinusitis, Bacterial Infection, Dry Mouth, Asthenia, Fear, Pain In Jaw, Unevaluable Event, Tremor
This report suggests a potential Lunesta Visual Impairment side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Lunesta (dosage: 1 At Bedtime Sleep) starting NS. After starting Lunesta the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Visual Impairment, Sinusitis, Bacterial Infection, Dry Mouth, Asthenia, Fear, Pain In Jaw, Unevaluable Event, TremorAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Zolpidem Tartrate (1 At Bedtime 30/bottle Sleep Medical)
  • Zolpidem Tartrate (1 At Bedtime 30/bottle Sleep Medical)
Although Lunesta demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Visual Impairment, may still occur.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8312570-1
Diarrhoea, Oedema Peripheral, Arthralgia, Musculoskeletal Pain, Pain In Extremity, Asthenia
This Diarrhoea problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 67-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: sleep disorder. On
Aug 30, 2010 this consumer started treatment with Lunesta (dosage: 3mg 1 Pill At Bedtime). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Lunesta, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Diarrhoea, Oedema Peripheral, Arthralgia, Musculoskeletal Pain, Pain In Extremity, AstheniaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Diarrhoea, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8311651-6
Fatigue, Heart Rate Decreased
This Fatigue side effect was reported by a physician from United States. A 55-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Lunesta (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Dec 29, 2010. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Atacand
  • Gilenya (0.5 Mg, Daily, Oral)
  • Baclofen
  • Cyclobenzaprine
  • Adderall 10
  • Nuvigil
  • Vesicare
  • Amlodipine
.After starting to take Lunesta the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Fatigue, Heart Rate DecreasedThese side effects may potentially be related to Lunesta.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8297672-0
Adrenal Haemorrhage, Thrombocytopenia, Hypertension, Constipation
This is a report of a female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lunesta (dosage: NA, start time:
Feb 14, 2012), combined with:
  • Xarelto
  • Lisinopril
  • Nexium
  • Coreg
  • Percocet
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Adrenal Haemorrhage, Thrombocytopenia, Hypertension, Constipation after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lunesta treatment in female patients, resulting in Adrenal Haemorrhage side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8287280-X
Incoherent, Amnesia
This report suggests a potential Lunesta Incoherent side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 73-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Lunesta (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Lunesta the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Incoherent, AmnesiaAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Lunesta demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Incoherent, may still occur.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8286346-8
Disturbance In Attention, Skin Disorder, Abnormal Dreams, Depressed Mood, Nausea
This Disturbance In Attention problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Jan 22, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Lunesta (dosage: Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Chantix (1 Mg, 2x/day)
  • Hydrocodone (Unk)
  • Aspirin (Unk)
  • Tempra (Unk)
When using Lunesta, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Disturbance In Attention, Skin Disorder, Abnormal Dreams, Depressed Mood, NauseaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Disturbance In Attention, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8281978-5
Throat Cancer, Back Pain, Abdominal Discomfort, Lung Neoplasm Malignant
This Throat Cancer side effect was reported by a physician from United States. A 70-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: insomnia.The patient was prescribed Lunesta (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Jan 01, 2006. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Lunesta the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Throat Cancer, Back Pain, Abdominal Discomfort, Lung Neoplasm MalignantThese side effects may potentially be related to Lunesta. The patient was hospitalized.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8281481-2
Completed Suicide
This is a report of a 50-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lunesta (dosage: Unk, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Xanax (Unk)
  • Oxycontin (Unk)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Completed Suicide after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lunesta treatment in female patients, resulting in Completed Suicide side effect.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8276198-4
Incorrect Dose Administered, Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome, Convulsion
This report suggests a potential Lunesta Incorrect Dose Administered side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Lunesta (dosage: Unk) starting NS. After starting Lunesta the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Incorrect Dose Administered, Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome, ConvulsionAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Heparin (Unk)
  • Plavix
  • Ativan
  • Creon (Unk)
  • Minocin (100 Mg, Bid)
  • Erlotinib Hydrochloride (150 Mg, Every 21 Days)
  • Insulin (Unk)
  • Morphine (60 Mg, Bid)
The patient was hospitalized. Although Lunesta demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Incorrect Dose Administered, may still occur.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8273509-0
Alanine Aminotransferase Increased, Aspartate Aminotransferase Increased
This Alanine Aminotransferase Increased problem was reported by a physician from United States. A male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Jan 29, 2010 this consumer started treatment with Lunesta (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Multaq
  • Lipitor
  • Metformin Hcl
  • Clarinex
  • Multi-vitamin
  • Lasix
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Aspirin
When using Lunesta, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Alanine Aminotransferase Increased, Aspartate Aminotransferase IncreasedAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Alanine Aminotransferase Increased, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8270879-4
Abnormal Sleep-related Event, Somnambulism
This Abnormal Sleep-related Event side effect was reported by a health professional from United States. A 23-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Lunesta (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Lunesta the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Abnormal Sleep-related Event, SomnambulismThese side effects may potentially be related to Lunesta.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8268861-6
Vertigo Positional
This is a report of a male patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: insomnia, who was treated with Lunesta (dosage: 1 Tablet, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Vertigo Positional after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lunesta treatment in male patients, resulting in Vertigo Positional side effect.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8261632-6
Completed Suicide
This report suggests a potential Lunesta Completed Suicide side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 50-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Lunesta (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Lunesta the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Completed SuicideAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Xanax
  • Oxycontin
Although Lunesta demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Completed Suicide, may still occur.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8258747-5
Loss Of Libido
This Loss Of Libido problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 26-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: sleep disorder. On
Jun 01, 2010 this consumer started treatment with Lunesta (dosage: 1 Tablet). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Lunesta, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Loss Of LibidoAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Loss Of Libido, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8246789-5
Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, Bronchitis, Stress, Abnormal Dreams, Emphysema, Uterine Disorder, Nightmare
This Headache side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: insomnia,pain,dyspnoea.The patient was prescribed Lunesta (drug dosage: Unk), which was initiated on
Jan 01, 2005. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Oxycodone (5 Mg, 2x/day As Needed)
  • Proventil-hfa (Two Puffs, Unk)
  • Duragesic-100 (Unk)
  • Chantix (0.5 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Diazepam (10 Mg, 2x/day)
  • Chantix (0.5 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Chantix (Unk)
  • Effexor (Unk)
.After starting to take Lunesta the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, Bronchitis, Stress, Abnormal Dreams, Emphysema, Uterine Disorder, NightmareThese side effects may potentially be related to Lunesta.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8243724-0
Insomnia, Decreased Appetite
This is a report of a 61-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: insomnia,depression, who was treated with Lunesta (dosage: NA, start time:
Feb 01, 2011), combined with:
  • Emsam (Changed Q24h)
  • Lorazepam
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Insomnia, Decreased Appetite after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lunesta treatment in female patients, resulting in Insomnia side effect.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8217590-3
Middle Insomnia, Somnambulism
This report suggests a potential Lunesta Middle Insomnia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 58-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: insomnia and used Lunesta (dosage: 3 Mg At Bedtime) starting
Jan 02, 2012. After starting Lunesta the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Middle Insomnia, SomnambulismAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Lunesta demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Middle Insomnia, may still occur.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8211592-9
Screaming, Mood Swings, Insomnia, Psychotic Disorder, Hallucination, Visual, Dementia
This Screaming problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 70-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: insomnia. On
Nov 01, 2011 this consumer started treatment with Lunesta (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Acetaminophen
When using Lunesta, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Screaming, Mood Swings, Insomnia, Psychotic Disorder, Hallucination, Visual, DementiaThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Screaming, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8190894-9
Dyspnoea, Injury, Pulmonary Embolism, Anxiety, Back Pain, Pain, Emotional Distress
This Dyspnoea side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 37-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Lunesta (drug dosage: Unk), which was initiated on
Mar 14, 2010. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Topiramate (Unk)
  • Fluoxetine Hcl (Unk)
  • Yaz
  • Vitamin Tab (Unk)
  • Yaz
.After starting to take Lunesta the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Dyspnoea, Injury, Pulmonary Embolism, Anxiety, Back Pain, Pain, Emotional DistressThese side effects may potentially be related to Lunesta. The patient was hospitalized.
Lunesta Side Effect Report#8173686-6
This is a report of a 48-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lunesta (dosage: NA, start time:
Aug 10, 2010), combined with:
  • Lovaza
  • Ampyra (10 Mg, Bid, Oral)
  • Vitamin D
  • Savella
  • Spironolactone
  • Pyridium (phenazopyridine Hydrochloride)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lunesta treatment in female patients, resulting in Death side effect.


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The appearance of Lunesta on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

What are common Lunesta Side Effects for Women?

Women Side EffectsReports
Dysgeusia 1988
Insomnia 1550
Middle Insomnia 611
Initial Insomnia 483
Headache 274
Nausea 238
Somnolence 238
Dizziness 167
Anxiety 93
Fatigue 90

What are common Lunesta Side Effects for Men?

Men Side EffectsReports
Insomnia 916
Dysgeusia 815
Middle Insomnia 447
Initial Insomnia 283
Somnolence 171
Headache 93
Dizziness 82
Nausea 65
Fatigue 50
Abnormal Dreams 48

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    Lunesta Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC21695-225
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameLunesta
    Nameeszopiclone
    Dosage FormTABLET, COATED
    RouteORAL
    On market since20090101
    LabelerRebel Distributors Corp
    Active Ingredient(s)ESZOPICLONE
    Strength(s)2
    Unit(s)mg/1
    Pharma Class

    Lunesta Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 7656

    Lunesta safety alerts: 2007

    Reported deaths: 85

    Reported hospitalizations: 271

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