Zopicon is a prescription medicine manufactured by Intas Pharmaceuticals. It is a hypnotic that can help to better regulate the body’s sleep/wake cycle, and so if often used as a sleeping pill. Zopicon can reduce REM sleep – where the brain is more active – and increase non-REM sleep which provides a deeper rest. Zopicon may produce a similar relaxation effect to Benzodiazepines, although the two are chemically different.
How Zopicon Works
Zopicon contains the active ingredient Zopiclone. Zopiclone is a cyclopyrrolone; a type of hypnosedative medicine that works in much the same way as Benzodiazepines.
Zopiclone binds to a neurotransmitter in the brain called the GABA receptor. This boosts the brain’s concentration of the GABA chemical, slowing down the function of the body’s Central Nervous System (CNS). This helps to stop the brain working in overdrive, allowing the body to relax. It creates a sedative-type effect that can facilitate sleep.
Zopicon is often prescribed to treat:
- Short term sleep disorders
- Temporary insomnia
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Poor sleep quality
Zopicon is often prescribed in 10mg doses in the form of tablets. It is important to take Zopicon as advised by the prescribing doctor because it is a habit-forming medicine.
Zopicon takes around one hour to start working, so it is best taken shortly before bed. Patients should try to take Zopicon at a similar time each evening to maintain consistent levels in the bloodstream. Don’t stop taking Zopicon until you have completed the full course, or you have been advised to by your doctor. A typical course lasts 2-4 weeks.
If a dose is missed, take Zopicon as normal the next evening. Do not take an extra dose, or more than one dose at a time as this could cause some undesirable side effects.
Zopicon is generally considered to be safe when taken as prescribed. According to a report by the NHS, around 1 in 100 people will experience mild side effects, including:
- A metallic or bitter taste in the mouth
- Dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness
Side effects at low doses are rare. The severity of side effects may be reduced by dropping the dosage. Speak to your doctor if you are experiencing side effects.
It is important for patients to read the patient information leaflet in the packaging for a full list of possible side effects from taking Zopicon. Always consult with the prescribing doctor if side effects persist. If experiencing difficulty breathing, call 999 immediately.
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