A prescription drug, lunesta is another sedative hypnotic intended for sleeping issues. However, it’s highly addictive and can become dangerous when abused. Often, physicians prescribe lunesta strictly just for acute insomnia due its addiction potency, but it cannot be purchased over the counter. Lunesta is the brand name for a non-benzodiazepine called “eszopiclone” and is considered a z-drug, typically coming in pill-form and taken orally or snorted. Sleepeasies, sleepers and zombies are common street names for lunesta.
Effects and Abuse of Lunesta
Designed to help people fall asleep more quickly and remain in a deep sleep longer, lunesta attaches to brain receptors to reduce one’s brain function, which leads to drowsiness and sedation. Abusers start to crush the pill and snort it through their nose for a more quick and intense high, rather than taking it orally.
Effects of a lunesta overdose include:
- Breathing difficulty
- Extreme drowsiness
- Sore throat
Some mix lunesta with other drugs, and even with alcohol to increase its effects. This can lead to dizziness and impaired judgement, along with blood pressure issues.
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