Sleep. For some people, falling asleep and staying asleep can be difficult. Add moderate pain to the mix, and getting a good night’s rest may not happen. For those who struggle with pain and sleep-related problems, taking Lunesta when on tramadol might seem like the best way to get some sleep.
While there are always cautions about taking any sleep medication, there are specifics about each drug that you might want to know before taking either pill before bed.
The brand name for eszopiclone is Lunesta. It is one of the three main drugs prescribed to treat moderate to severe insomnia. Lunesta, like other sleeping pills, starts working right away by hurrying the onset of sleep. The person who took the sleeping pill will start to fall asleep right away, rather than lying awake.
It should be noted that regular use of Lunesta can cause withdrawal symptoms when someone stops taking the medicine suddenly. Lunesta affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems (insomnia). It falls under the drug category of central nervous system depressant.
Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever.
This means it is not a narcotic, but it acts like one.
It works in the brain to change how your body feels and reacts to pain. It is used to treat moderate-to-severe pain in adults.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it is an opioid.
It is prescribed in immediate and extended-release forms as tablets or capsules. Tramadol can cause drowsiness and dizziness, which are two of its side effects.
Tramadol works like the natural endorphins in the brain by sticking to the receptors.
The receptors then decrease the pain messages that the body sends to the brain. Tramadol works to decrease the amount of pain your brain thinks you’re feeling.
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Both Lunesta and tramadol need to be prescribed by a doctor. If either drug is given to someone without a prescription, such as given by a friend or relative, it is considered abusing the drug. However, this does occur. Always take the smallest dose possible. Lunesta is meant to be taken for a few days and a week or two at the longest. Immediate relief tramadol can be taken regularly and for a longer time.
It is generally not a good idea to take these two drugs at the same time. As noted from the well-respected Prescriber’s Digital Reference, a guide for the medical profession, the journal notes that, “GENERALLY AVOID: Concomitant use of opioid agonists with eszopiclone may cause excessive sedation, somnolence, and complex sleep-related behaviors (e.g., driving, talking, eating, or performing other activities while not fully awake).”
Drugs.com, another reliable medical source, puts the interaction of these two drugs in their major category of drug interactions, although it is noted in the general sense.
So, can you mix Lunesta with tramadol? It is best to consult with your doctor before taking either drug if on the other.
Both Lunesta and tramadol can create tolerance of either drug, which can lead to becoming dependent on it, and later, addiction.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a chronic brain disease with the inability to consistently abstain from using it. Using it impairs your behavioral control and causes intense cravings.
If you or you think someone you know might be addicted to Lunesta or tramadol, reach out to find help today.
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