Lunesta Withdrawal and Tapering Help

Lunesta (Eszopiclone) is marketed by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and considered a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic, but carries the same side effects and withdrawal profile as benzodiazepines. Lunesta is considered a Z-drug as all the sleeping pills in this class start with the letter Z.  Zopiclone (Imovane) was the first Z-Drug released in 1989, and Eszopiclone is a sample of Zopiclone and is not marketed in the European Union following a 2009 decision denying it contained a new active substance and was too similar to Zopiclone to be patented.

Lunesta was approved by the FDA in 2005 and became available in generic form in 20014.  It was found to be only slightly effective in the treatment of insomnia and statistical methods found the benefit over placebo to be of questionable clinical significance.

Lunesta binds to a subtype of the GABA receptor. GABA is a neurotransmitter that primarily works to inhibit the activity of neurons and calm nerves. It basically counters too much stimulation on the nervous system. When Lunesta binds to the GABA receptor, it slows and stops activity in certain parts of the brain thus its classification as a hypnotic. Lunesta diminishes activity in parts of the brain that are responsible for processing thoughts. As tolerance to the drug occurs the nervous system become hyper-stimulated, increasing anxiety, insomnia, pain, cognitive impairment, and other symptoms.

Lunesta and Eszopiclone should only be used short term due to the risk of drug dependence, tolerance, rebound insomnia and central nervous system related adverse effects. Once tolerance to the sleeping pill has occurred it is recommended to do a gradual dose reduction to minimize symptoms that resemble benzodiazepine withdrawal.  For many, even a gradual dose reduction is too challenging due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms.

This is why our nonprofit has an in-home program that utilizes slow titration schedules and calming nutraceuticals (all-natural) that will not interact with the medication but provide needed relief to taper.

We have helped people in 73 countries over the last 11 years and we can also help you.

If you'd like our assistance to taper Lunesta please send our nonprofit a confidential inquiry, telephone tollfree 866.605.2333 or get started on our program today.

How Point of Return can Help You

The Point of Return Program is an in-home tapering program that allows you to gradually lessen the amount of Lunesta while also implementing the use of all-natural, calming nutraceuticals to ease symptoms.  Lunesta is dangerous to abruptly or rapidly stop and our program is a proven, viable, low-cost option to continue living your life while tapering.

We are prescription drug experts that specialize in Benzodiazepine withdrawals.

How Our Lunesta Withdrawal Program Works:


  • Our non-profit team guides you every step of the way through your Lunesta taper.
  • The Point of Return program includes nutraceuticals to help minimize Lunesta withdrawal symptoms.
  • We eliminate possible interaction items so your Lunesta withdrawal is more comfortable.
  • Instead of adding in other medications in an attempt to reduce Lunesta withdrawal, we take an all-natural, non-drugging approach to addiction.
  • Begin our withdrawal program and start the process of escaping Lunesta addiction.

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*nutraceuticals are used throughout the taper

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DISCLAIMER: *Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and must be done with their consent and support. More...

Lunesta Withdrawal Symptoms May Include:

abdominal pains, aching, agoraphobia, anxiety, blurred vision, body vibrations, changes in perception, diarrhea, distended abdomen, feeling of unreality, flu-like symptoms, flatulence, food cravings, hair loss, heart palpitations, heavy limbs, increased allergies, increased sense of smell, insomnia, lethargy, loss of balance, metallic taste, muscle spasms, nightmares, panic attacks, paranoia, persistent & unpleasant memories, severe headaches, shaking, short term memory loss, sore mouth and tongue, sound & light sensitivity, speech difficulties, sweating, suicidal thoughts, tinnitus, unusually sensitive, fear

Lunesta Abrubt Discontinuation Symptoms May Include:

abdominal & muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, shakiness, & rarely, seizures may occur & finally rebound insomnia

Lunesta Side Effects May Include:

drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, difficulty with coordination, memory loss or amnesia, tolerance, dependence, changes in behavior and thinking; such as more outgoing or aggressive behavior than normal, confusion, strange behavior, agitation, hallucinations, worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts

Other Names for Lunesta: (Eszopiclone)

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People We've Helped

I am now sleeping GREAT and the nutrients has helped me with that!! It really, truly works!

"Now I am pill free and sleeping great! I know, with out a doubt, that had I not found Point of Return, I would still be struggling and desperate."-Rita M., (Canada) Eszopiclone (Zopiclone, Lunesta)

I am once again feeling creative and purposeful in my life

"If you feel trapped by pharmaceuticals like SSRI's and Benzodiazepines please know that there is hope. I am now free of the grip of Ativan and Klonopin. The Point of Return products and staff are the key to reclaiming your life! You can do this. I know because I've been there".
-Paul M., (California) Ativan, Klonopin

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