zopiclone 3.75-7.5mg at night, preferably in the 'once only' part of the prescription form - see cautions below.
Pharmacy will not supply any drug prescribed for night sedation at discharge, unless it is prescribed for a fixed interval and an acceptable reason for this is given in the comments section of the prescription. Contact your clinical pharmacist or dispensary for further advice (see Appendix 6 for contact details).
(Refer to BNF / summary of product characteristics for full prescribing information). Hypnotics should be used with extreme caution in patients:
If required, a very small dose of a short-acting agent e.g. zopiclone oral 3.75mg at night or temazepam oral 5mg at night is safest in these patients.
Abrupt withdrawal of benzodiazepines may cause confusion, toxic psychosis, convulsions.
Due to the potential for dependence, there may be important legal implications for the prescriber if a patient who has been prescribed night sedation while in hospital is discharged on the drug long-term.