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#1 cfranco92

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:20 AM

Hi guys,

I was wondering if anyone else experiences a bitter, metallicy aftertaste when taking lunesta. Nothing I do, even brushing my teeth or drinking strong flavored drinks takes the taste away. I know lithium can also give someone that side effect, but it does not for me.

What are some suggestions you guys have to combat this metallicy taste?

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:26 AM

I have never taken Lunesta (Eszopiclone) but have taken it's relative Zopiclone and always got a metallic aftertaste. Unfortunately nothing I did helped with the taste, but I have heard that rinsing your mouth out with fruit juice can help

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#3 Thomas

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:41 AM

I don't take Lunesta, but I take domperinon, the world nastiest gastro med. The only thing that works for me is a few Altoids
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:47 AM

It's a very common complaint with Lunesta and its older cousin Imovane - have you tried chewing mint gum?

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#5 cfranco92

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:19 AM

Tryp, I've tried chewing gum but it seems to last regardless of what I do. Its the worst when I'm drinking water.

Maybe I just have to get used to it. =/

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:55 PM

I never got this problem when I took Lunesta. My pdoc at the time did tell me though that I should take the Lunesta with Orange Juice to help with this problem.

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#7 sylvan

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:45 PM

I'd completely forgotten about this SE until you mentioned it. It was nasty and you're right, water was the worst. I finally quit taking it for a variety of reasons. I tend to not stay on sleep meds for very long. A couple of weeks, max and then I come off of them. So, either I got used to it or it quit but I'm thinking that I just learned to tolerate the nasty taste.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:59 PM

I guess I've been lucky and I haven't experienced this aftertaste when I was taking zopiclone, its - cousin? Sibling? Eh.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:28 AM

I had the aftertaste, and it was awful. I was only on Lunesta for a couple weeks, and went off it because it sisn't help with my sleep at all.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:18 PM

YES. I had this strong metallic taste in my mouth every morning after using Lunesta. Pharmacist said to drink orange juice first thing in the morning, but that didn't keep the taste away. I actually discontinued the med. Now I take Sonata 10mg 1-2 caps nightly p.r.n. for insomnia. Sonata is short acting, so no hangover like you get with Ambien, and it is safe for long-term use.

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#11 cfranco92

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:21 AM

YES. I had this strong metallic taste in my mouth every morning after using Lunesta. Pharmacist said to drink orange juice first thing in the morning, but that didn't keep the taste away. I actually discontinued the med. Now I take Sonata 10mg 1-2 caps nightly p.r.n. for insomnia. Sonata is short acting, so no hangover like you get with Ambien, and it is safe for long-term use.


I've never heard of Sonata. The lunesta is sort of a hit or miss when it comes to sleep for me so I'm considering trying a new sleep med. I used to take hydroxyzine for sleep and anxiety and that had no nasty aftertaste.

In the mean time, I will try the orange juice. Thanks guys!

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Rx: Ativan 2mg PRN, Hydroxyzine 25mg PRN, Albuterol Inhalor
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I have been psych med free since 8/17/2013 as directed by my pdoc. 

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#12 Benzoman

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 01:41 AM

I've experienced a metalic taste before, i forget what med it was. I just brushed my teeth 3 times a day, chewed gum, ate delicious oranges and other fruits, and ignored it otherwise.

Sometimes if a side effect isn't hurting you its worth putting up with if the benefit from the medication outweighs the side effect.
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:00 AM

I get it about an hour after taking Imovane, Which would indicate I'm not taking it as I'm meant to because if I do I'm asleep within half an hour.
Complaining that it tastes bad when I should be asleep sort of makes me giggle.

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#14 larkspur

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:02 AM

For some, the taste can be enough to kill the
med as a prospect. Lunesta is expensive, and did me the metallic taste never went away. Even as late as dinner time I would still have that yucky flavor. It was gross and I hated it!

OP, Sonata is the brand name for zaleplon. It's short acting, so it's out of your system in 4 hours and at maximum concentration within 30 minutes. It's prescribed a lot if you have mid-night awakenings or if you get headaches or hangover from ambien (zolpidem). I have sleep onset problems but am very sensitive to next day sedation.

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Non-psych Rx:  levothyroxine 50mcg,  Voltaren gel 1%, Mobic 15mg, Flexeril 10mg q.6h for muscle relaxation
OTC/supplements: women's multivitamin, magnesium 250mg, biotin 1000mcg


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:23 PM

Hi guys,

I was wondering if anyone else experiences a bitter, metallicy aftertaste when taking lunesta. Nothing I do, even brushing my teeth or drinking strong flavored drinks takes the taste away. I know lithium can also give someone that side effect, but it does not for me.

What are some suggestions you guys have to combat this metallicy taste?

I have learned a trick. If you take a small piece of bread and wrap it like you would to give a dog a pill and swallow the bread like apill. I get a very very small after taste but nothing like before. I have never heard the orange juice so i will try that with it and it might go away completly! Give the bread a try seriously!







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