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Imovane is a brand name for the generic drug zopiclone. It is prescribed as a treatment for chronic insomnia, in order to improve sleep maintenance and to decrease the inability to sleep.

Frequent side effects of Imovane include chest pain, migraine, and swelling in the hands or feet. Less frequent reactions include loss of appetite or increased appetite, swelling of the face, fever, bad breath, heat stroke, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, skin infections, high blood pressure, thirst, gallstones, mouth sores, stomach ulcers, anemia, black stools or vomit, swollen lymph nodes, weight gain or loss, arthritis or bursitis, swelling or stiffness of the joints, leg cramps, muscle weakness, twitching, agitation, apathy, unsteadiness, sleeplessness, hostility, impaired memory, slowed reflexes, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, asthma, bronchitis, difficulty breathing, hiccups, nosebleeds, laryngitis, acne, hair loss, skin infections, dry sin, eczema, discoloration of the skin, sweating, hives, breast enlargement or breast pain, stopping of menstrual periods, incontinence, yeast infections, ear infections, ringing in the ears, pink eye, or dry eyes. Other effects that are very rare are inflammation of veins due to blood clots, colitis, hepatitis or other liver damage, stomach ulcer, swelling of the tongue, bleeding from the rectum, dehydration, gout, low blood potassium, muscle diseases, euphoria, tremor, inflammation of the nerves, light avoidance, less urine than usual, kidney infection, or infection of the urethra.

Since insomnia is often a symptom of some other disorder, either physiological or psychiatric, your doctor should make sure you are very carefully evaluated before prescribing Imovane. If you’ve been taking Imovane for seven to ten days and still have seen no improvement in your sleep, it may be that there is an underlying medical condition that is not being treated. New behaviors or symptoms may begin while you are taking Imovane; this may be because the use of this medication has been known to be the catalyst for the emergence of such events. Some of these include decreased inhibition, including aggressiveness and unusual extroversion, bizarre behavior, agitation, hallucinations, unpredictable amnesia, worsening of depression, suicidal thinking, and depersonalization. It is not always possible to tell whether the symptom is caused by Imovane or by the underlying condition that caused the insomnia in the first place, so your doctor should make sure you are carefully evaluated and observed during your course of treatment with Imovane.

Imovane is in Pregnancy Category C, which means that it is not known to cause any harm to a developing fetus or to be dangerous for a pregnancy. It is not known whether Imovane is passed into breast milk; animal studies have shown no harm to nursing babies, but no human studies have been done. If you plan to breast feed your baby while taking Imovane, make sure to let your doctor know. It is not known whether Imovane is safe for use in children under age eighteen, so it is not recommended for pediatric use. If you are over age sixty-five you can expect the same rate of adverse affects that younger adults have, with an increased rate of effectiveness.

Imovane has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of imovane

• Molecular formula of imovane is C17H17ClN6O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is [6-(5-chloropyridin-2-yl)-5-oxo-7H-pyrrolo[3,4-b]pyrazin-7-yl] 4-methylpiperazine-1-carboxylate
• Molecular weight is 388.8083 g/mol
Imovane available : 7,5mg tablets

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