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Well i've been on Zopiclone for about 4 years (buying them on the internet and taking about 4/day) since some traumatic events in my life and last June made an attempt to get off it as the side effects are plain nasty, and they had become a controlled drug so I couldn't buy them. My stupidity entirely. My doctor initially wasn'y very helpful, however recently after much persuasion and the help of another female doctor who was sort of shocked by my being prescribed 4 xops/day, he agreed to follow the Ashton plan crossover.
This has worked better than I'd thought in that instead of feeling withdrawal after 4-6 hrs of the zops, I am now on 2 5mg Diazepam plus 1 7.5gm Zopiclone in the evening and 1 5mg Diazepam in the morning. In a few days I'll drop the zops entirely and go onto 20mg Diazepam a day, followed by a reduction ever 2-3 weeks which will take about 6 months I reckon.
Has anyone done this before? Is it easy to withdraw off diazepam (withdrawing off Zopiclone was impossible because of the immediate short term effects)?
Although I feel much better on the diazepam (like not having to worry about taking pills every 6 hours or so, and the horrid side effects like mettalic taste, strange effects on your bowels, loss of short term memory etc) I'd rather get off them sooner than later!
Any advice appreciated...
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