Getting a Prescription

When you and your healthcare professional have decided that LUNESTA® (eszopiclone) may be right for you, you may need to talk to your health insurance company and pharmacist to find out what your plan covers and if you need to meet any requirements. Your healthcare professional will guide you through the approval process.

Partnering with Your Insurance Company

Make sure LUNESTA is covered by your plan by finding out the following:

  • Does your health plan have a prescription medication policy?
  • What does your plan cover?
  • Are prescription medicines divided into tiers that regulate your co-pay amount?
  • Do you need to meet any requirements?

Common requirements for branded medications

Prior approval
Before prescribing a particular medicine, your healthcare professional may be required to get advance approval from your health insurance company by submitting a special form.

Step therapy
Before approving LUNESTA for you, your health plan may require you to try an alternative medicine, usually a generic, before moving on to LUNESTA. This is called step therapy.

If you've already tried a generic sleep aid, you may have met the criteria for step therapy and you can get your prescription for LUNESTA filled immediately.

Talking to Your Pharmacist

When you talk with your pharmacist, it may help to explain that:

  • You and your physician have decided LUNESTA is the right medication for you.
  • LUNESTA has been prescribed based on your symptoms, type of insomnia and medical history.

Do not take more LUNESTA than prescribed. LUNESTA acts quickly, so take it right before bed, and only if you have 7-8 hours to devote to sleep. Do not take LUNESTA if you are allergic to anything in it. LUNESTA should not be taken together with alcohol or other sedative hypnotics. The morning after you take LUNESTA your ability to drive safely and think clearly may be decreased. Until you know how you will react to LUNESTA, you should not drive or perform other activities that require complete mental alertness the day after use. Call your doctor if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problems. LUNESTA may cause serious side effects that you may not know are happening to you including daytime sleepiness, not thinking clearly, acting strangely, confused or upset, or walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities while asleep. Other abnormal behaviors include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations and confusion. In depressed patients, worsening of depression including risk of suicide may occur. These risks may increase if you drink alcohol. Severe allergic reactions such as swelling of the tongue and throat occur rarely and may be fatal. Call your doctor if you experience these or any effects or reactions that concern you. LUNESTA, like most sleep medicines, carries some risk of dependency. Side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache, morning drowsiness and dizziness.

Lunesta® (eszopiclone) is a prescription sleep medicine used in adults for the treatment of a sleep problem called insomnia. Symptoms of insomnia include trouble falling asleep and waking up often during the night.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088. For more information, please see the LUNESTA Medication Guide and Full Prescribing Information.

The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider. The products discussed herein may have different product labeling in different countries. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare professional, considering the unique characteristics of the patient. Remember that no medicine is for everyone. Only your healthcare professional can prescribe LUNESTA for you.

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