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I have been on Zopiclone for about 15 years; Previously anti-depressants and then after a hospital admission I was given 7.5 Zopiclone and Quetiepine as an out-patient.
Over the years the usage has gone up and down, I was on 3.5mg a night at one point but in difficult periods it has gone up to 7.5.
For a while I was taking 2x7.5 per night but this has always been challenged at the Doctors or hospital and usually I have got it back to 1x7.5 per night.
I have had a lot of life changes this year and have had a few med switches, currently trying to stabilise on Depakote - I take a number of other meds for Thyroid and other Problems . At my last review Zopiclone wasn't even mentioned, the main focus was on the Bipolar Meds - It's been up and down and I have tried many meds, got quite well with lamotrogine for a while and the year before Lithium.
Anyway it would be safe to say that Zopiclone is my goto choice; Whatever else has been going on in my life I have always been grateful to be able to get some sleep, Zopiclone calms me down and switches off my erratic brain like nothing else.
The Zopiclone has always been on my repeat list, at times I have requested it a week early and that has been okay - Other times I have had to make an appointment, It's true that it can creep up at times but in the past I would talk this through with the Doctor and they would encourage me to get back to taking 1x7.5mg per night.
I find when things are going well, I am excercising eating well etc I can stay on track.
Recently I began taking upto 2x7.5mg a night. Typically I would take 1 at bedtime but I would wake up around 2-4 am and couldn't get back to sleep so would take another half, this usually gets me back to sleep and I can function the next day, the alternative is no sleep and feeling very unwell and off-kilter the next day. Generally I realise that I am creeping up and will try and excercise more and get back to 1x7.5mg this has been going on for years and this is usually the pattern.
This week I went to renew my supply (admittedly a week early) and was told that I needed to see the doctor for a medication review.
My usual Doctor who has known me my whole life has retired, the practice now only has new doctors.
The Doctor wanted to take me off the Zopiclone completely; I explained that I had been on it for so long over a decade and it worked really well to help me sleep, also that I had tried to come off it many times over the years and had gone into Mania or Severe Depression often losing touch with reality completely. As it goes I am trying to manage how much I take but do fall into taking more sometimes.
The Doctor has agreed to write to my Psychiatrist and see me again in 2 weeks - I have a 2 Week Supply of 7.5mg.
I have to be strict now and not take any more, I'm putting the zopiclone in another room than my bedroom - I feel that there is no buffer though if I am distressed and sleepless during the night, that is all having a few extra tablets has ever been really and very helpful to stop from falling apart completely in difficult times.
I don't know what the Doctor will say in 2 weeks time but I am worried that they will just stop it; They actually wanted to prescribe 3.75mg Pills and I had to explain at lengh how ill that would make me! -
Do I have any rights here, I'm worried that If they suddenly stop my Zopiclone I will freak out and have to goto the Emergency Department at the hospital and even they will turn me away if it has been written on my notes that the Doctors have instructed to stop Zopiclone. I wouldn't know where to start to fight back against this if the Doctor decided to stop prescribing.
I realise this is a long post but would appreciate any input from any knowledgeable folk, I have tried googling what my rights are here but can't get to the bottom of it. I am also feeling quite anxious about this whole thing with the festive season approaching and all.
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