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Benzodiazepines and Z Drugs

Also known as Diazepam, Flurazepam, Loprazolam, Lorazepam, Lormetazepam, Nitrazepam, Temazepam, Valium, Zolpidem, Zopiclone

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    Below are links to various resources from our site and others. If anyone has suggestions for other useful resources let me know but please do so by contacting me and not replying in this thread. Any links for inclusion will have to be from non-commercial reputable sites. Patient Leaflets https://patient.info/health/benzodiazepines-and-z-drugs...

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  • Zopiclone Withdrawal

    Hi I stopped Zopiclone after taking it for 5 months 3 nights ago. Somehow I managed about 5 hrs interrupted sleep the first two nights. Last night I had no sleep and feel awful today. The doc said I can still take it if I feel desperate but I know I will slide back into the habit of taking it. Any encouragement...

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  • Ativan-been on for a few days with weird issues.

    Hi-who has been on Ativan? I’ve been taking it the last few days .5 or a bit more for sleep along w traz, 50 mg. I’m trying to decide if I’m having anxiety or if it’s side effects. I’m super shaky, dizzy and exhausted the next day. Feeling very on edge. Wasn’t like this before. SOS! Of course seeing...

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  • compulsory diazepam detox (rapid!)

    Hello I started using lorazepam that I bought off a neighbour last October (about 7 months ago) and at first, was using it recreationally. I had no idea what kind of dose would get me high, and I can't remember exactly how much I was taking at first but probably doses of 4mg at a time, and I would...

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  • I've started 3 years ago with Zopiclone, then went on Xanax

    I've started 3 years ago with Zopiclone, then went on Xanax So, I have had this problem for years. I had 2 complete detoxifications (complete withdrawal) during this time, and yet NOW there is the third time I take them, and again cannot stop. Benzos/ZDrugs are so miracle pill for my problem - anxiety....

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  • Getting off Ativan and Freaking Out!

    Hi everyone,       I freaked myself out by reading all kinds of horror stories online about coming off a Benzo, especially Ativan because of it’s short half life. I am looking for anyone who has had a similar experience to me that can help. I go see my new doctor Tuesday but here...

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  • zopiclone withdrawals and WTF? help !

    Hi all, so a tiny bit background. I'm 33 years old, male. In my 20's i had a really bad problem with anxiety and drinking (to stop the anxiety) Anyway FFW 10 or so years im living an almost perfect life, amazing wife, NO anxiety, living in Melbourne, Australia but my workload is getting a bit...

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  • Positive withdrawal stories please

    I have been taking lorazepam 1-3mg for 3-4 months and am now tapering off. The land of Google is a terrifying place for info on this subject. Please could anyone share any positive experiences coming off of this drug. Please no negative ones I've seen too many.

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  • Zopiclone

    I have been taking prescription zopiclone for three years for pain related insomnia as I have not had much success with pregabalin/ nortript . I am struggling to stop taking this med as I have become dependent and it does lower my mood somewhat. I manage to sleep for about 3hrs then I take the zopiclone...

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  • Zopiclone side effects after long term use

    Hello you all! I´m new here so I really don´t know how this works.  But I have some questions for those here who have experienced sideeffects from after long term use (abuse) of the drug Zopiclone.  Is there someone here who has experienced indigestion after using Zopiclone or...

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  • Having surgery and scared to death

    I went through Ativan withdrawal in 2003. It was a nightmare. Now I have to have surgery in a few weeks and I am afraid of taking any benzos. I am not afraid of getting addicted but I am afraid that the benzodiazepines will have the opposite effect on me. Instead of calming me I will freak out. Has anyone...

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  • Xanax taper

    Hi there, anyone out there doing a xanax taper. I won't go too long with my story.  I am 56 I have grown children and married for 32 years . Dr prescribed me this medicine after the death of my mom and sister within 3 months apart. It was very hard on me. been on this drug for about five years....

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  • Ativan Withdrawal

    I understood that Ativan should be tapered slowly. I was on 4mgs daily for maybe 10 or more years. I was in detox for two weeks and tapered to Valium for a few days. That was a month ago. Now nothing. I thought tapering would be weeks if not months. Was the Dr wrong that to me it's almost...

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  • Stopping Lorazepam after 20 years. Just started 2 days ago.

    I have been on Lorazepam for about 20 years for sleep due to anxiety. 3 mg a night. also have severe idiopathic neuropathy, degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease and much more. Had ACDF neck surgery 2 years ago and might need another one. Been on 5/325 hydrocodone for 10 or more years....

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  • I’m addicted to zopiclone and need to come off them!!!

    I have been addicted to zopiclone for about 15 years. Started off at 1 7.5 a night, and gradually over the years I now take 20 a day. I can’t get through the day without taking 3 in the morning, then 3 to 6 when in work, and the rest in the evening. I feel happy, calm and confident. I suffer with anxiety...

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  • On Klonopin .25 twice daily for a month

    I'm slowly starting Citalopram and only on 5mg. I can't tolerate side effects of starting very well so psychiatrist put me on Klonopin daily until citalopram starts working. I've been on Klonopin for a month. I probably won't be on 10mg citalopram for another month. I'm sure doc will...

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  • DIAZEPAM REDUCTION? HOW FAST IS TOO FAST?

    Hi there, ​Just wondered if anyone has come up against a problem like mine. ​I have been coming off diazepam at 2 mg per day each month,doing well but had to take a break due to terrible nightmares. My addiction specialist wants me to continue reducing at the same rate and I disagree, would rather go...

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  • ZOPICLONE 3.75MG NOT WORKiNG!!

    I have been taking ZOPICLONE 3.75MG But it's not really helped I took it at 11 but its not really helped maybe abit red woosy like faint dizness but really need to sleep, And advice,

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  • Diazepam withdrawl

    Hi. I want to cut straight to the point. I have been taking  5mg of diazepam for 25 years illegally. In the past 5 months I have been taking 2mg a day. I am now taking 2mg every 3 days, I am totally feeling so ill. I then take another 4mg and it goes away. Now the big thing is, I have no diazepam...

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  • Zopiclone 7.5 not working. Any alternatives?

    I have been diagnosed with severe depression following a serious suicide attempt three weeks ago. Since then I have been sleeping maybe one to two hours a night. The crisis team suggested I try zopiclone which my GP prescribed for me three nights ago. I've never taken any form of sleeping pill before....

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  • Zoplicone side effects-help!

    I've been taking zopliclone for 6 months now and most of the time just 3.75mg (on a bad night 7'5mg). I am worried about the side effects as I have noticed memory loss and a general fogginess in my brain. Can anyone relate and offer me advice? I feel like I am going mad sometimes as have anxiety...

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  • Zopiclone - Side Effects

    I was prescribed Zopiclone about four years ago as a remedy for chronic insomnia - I have Fibromyalgia and the lack of sleep was absolutely killing me. At first I was just really, really happy to be getting 8 hours of solid sleep and woke up feeling like I could take on the world. However, one morning...

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    Tennessee Medical Center Uses AHRQ Tools to Reduce Infections, Medical Errors               Tennessee Medical Center is a large health care organization composed of 109 beds. In 2012 and previous years, they struggled with medication errors...

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  • Question about diazepam

    Hello, have been on citalopram for 13 weeks, 40mg. Had to drop to 30mg, as intense anxiety non stop for 6 weeks. Thought I was doing better for a week, then had a complete meltdown yesterday, anxiety through roof, couldn't switch off, 2 hours sleep. Just seen doctor, am switching to venlafaxine,...

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  • Zopiclone

    I’ve been suffering with insomnia . I’m on 7.5 if zopliclone. I split them and take half bout 11 o’clock wake up bout 3 hrs later take the other half and generally awake after bout 1 1:2 hrs shattered, I didn’t want sleeping pills but dr gave me them for safety as was sleepwalking. I have been on sertraline...

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  • Escitalopram

    On 5mg of escitalopram, day 11, internal treamberling, how long before it starts to work, also on 7.5mg of mitazapine to help with sleep,

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  • Zopiclone, and the alternatives

    I started this discussion as Egggbert or Zaphod (so many passwords to try and remember). My personal opinion, Zopiclone is the best and most reliable drug there is for long term insomnia, that being said. Recently it has been reclssified as a CD4 drug, that means that no UK GP will prscribe more than...

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  • Zopiclone addiction questions

    I’ve been taking Zopiclones for about 2-3 years now, only half a blue pill and usually every second night-ish because I work on-call shift work and need to be rested and alert when I go to work.  Recently I’ve started to get odd anxiety attacks, chest feels tight, feel like I can’t take a full breath,...

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  • Can I take Diazepam after binge drinking last night?

    Hi all, I blacked out last night and can't remember much and its making my anxiety absolutely unbearable. I'm over analyzing what I may of done and its driving me crazy. I am on Fluoxetine and it seems when I drink alcohol on that med, I get drunk easier and have memory issues. I just want to...

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  • Help from zopiclone

    Hi I have just been diagnosed with adult ADHD it has made things fall into place I thought I was different as I was growing up I have a back story which I do not wish to say. I have started to get help so I told the truth that I had been ordering zopiclone they may have to inform my doctor Who is extremely...

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  • ON DIAZEPAM FOR 22 YEARS!!! WILL IT TAKE LONGER TO REDUCE SAFELY?

    Hi I wonder if anyone could tell me if the withdrawal symptoms are greater if you have been taking this drug for a long time like myself. ​I am going slow at the moment but beginning to feel those familiar anxiety symptoms coming to the surface, racing heart, restlessness and butterflies in the stomach...

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  • MY BENZO NIGHTMARE

    Hi there, ​I have been taking these "Devil drugs" for 22 years now, being a victim of involuntary addiction due to repeated prescriptions. ​I am now getting help and guidance for a very gentle reduction programme, so far, so good but I feel I need to communicate with others who are going through...

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