Zopiclone, Clonazepam for a 38-year old man
Summary: 35 male patients aged 38 (±5) who take the same drugs are studied.
This is a personalized study for a 38 year old male patient who has Insomnia - psychophysiological (learned). The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.
What are the drugs
Zopiclone has active ingredients of eszopiclone. It is often used in insomnia. (latest outcomes from Zopiclone 7,090 users)
Clonazepam has active ingredients of clonazepam. It is often used in stress and anxiety. (latest outcomes from Clonazepam 41,274 users)
What are the conditions
Insomnia - psychophysiological (learned) (sleeplessness) can be treated by Ambien, Trazodone Hydrochloride, Lunesta, Ambien Cr, Zolpidem Tartrate, Temazepam. (latest reports from Insomnia - Psychophysiological (learned) 731 patients)
On Dec, 14, 2014: 35 males aged 34 (±5) who take Zopiclone, Clonazepam are studied
Information of the patient in this study:
Conditions: Insomnia - psychophysiological (learned)
- Zopiclone (eszopiclone): used for < 1 month
- Clonazepam - 0.5MG (clonazepam): used for < 1 month
eHealthMe real world results:
Drug effectiveness over time :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years||not specified|
|Zopiclone is effective||0.00%|
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
(0 of 1 people)
|Clonazepam is effective||n/a||0.00%|
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
Most common drug interactions over time * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years||not specified|
|Drug Ineffective||Nausea Aggravated (worse urge to vomit)||n/a||n/a||Pneumonia||Dry Mouth||n/a||Overdose|
|Dysgeusia (disorder of the sense of taste)||Pleurisy (inflammation of the pleurae, which causes pain when breathing)||Depression Post-operative||Dysgeusia (disorder of the sense of taste)|
|Insomnia (sleeplessness)||Bronchiolitis (inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchioles in lungs)||Depression|
|Initial Insomnia (feeling of inadequate or poor-quality sleep)||Weight Increased|
|Intentional Overdose||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus|
|Abnormal Dreams||Abdominal Pain|
|Cough||Initial Insomnia (feeling of inadequate or poor-quality sleep)|
|Dizziness||Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)|
* Some reports may have incomplete information.
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