A Lunesta high can feel like you are extremely drowsy, unable to process your surroundings, and experiencing sensations that are not there. Taking Lunesta to get high is a form of drug abuse.
Lunesta, a brand name prescription drug for eszopiclone, is a sedative-hypnotic sleep aid that can treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Lunesta has been marketed as a non-benzodiazepine with a lower abuse potential compared to traditional benzodiazepine drugs.
While some studies support these claims, Lunesta is still a Schedule IV controlled substance in the United States. Its potential for substance abuse is recognized by healthcare organizations. Taking Lunesta to get high can be a health risk in both the short-term and long-term.
How Lunesta Causes A High
Experts believe eszopiclone works by interacting with gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA receptors in the central nervous system (CNS).
GABA is a neurotransmitter that can act as an inhibitor in the brain, slowing down activity. This mechanism of action can be similar to benzodiazepine drugs.
A Lunesta high can be achieved by taking high doses of the drug, taking Lunesta without a prescription, or taking Lunesta in a manner it was not designed for.
Effects Of A Lunesta High
Getting high on eszopiclone can subject you to the side effects of Lunesta, such as:
- unpleasant taste in the mouth
- excessive drowsiness
- dry mouth
- increased risk of injury
- back and chest pain
- next-day impairment
Risks Of Getting High On Lunesta
Getting high on Lunesta can place you in dangerous situations without you knowing. It can also be harmful to your physical and mental health in the long-term.
Behavioral Changes & Memory Issues
Many studies have reported patients performing complex actions after taking a dose of Lunesta and falling asleep.
Reported actions have included:
- driving vehicles
- preparing food
Patients have reported short-term memory loss when regarding these events. Unusual behaviors while sleeping may be more likely if Lunesta is abused.
Lunesta Addiction & Withdrawal
Lunesta may not cause serious withdrawal symptoms when long-term use stops.
Studies show a lack of rebound insomnia, worsening of sleeping problems, or other serious withdrawal symptoms that accompany other sedative-hypnotics, as long as the recommended dose was followed.
If Lunesta is taken in higher doses than prescribed, or if it is abused, the potential for serious side effects such as weight loss, neuropathy, and stomach ulcers may increase. Lunesta can also cause serious side effects when mixed with other illicit or prescription drugs.
A substance use disorder involving Lunesta can still occur despite the drug’s apparent lack of withdrawal symptoms.
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