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I have recently been prescribed Zimovane 7.5mg and have ...

I have recently been prescribed Zimovane 7.5mg and have used them on 3 occasions to combat the effects of insomnia that is a side effect of taking anti depressants. While I find the benefits of unbroken sleep very welcome I don't want to become dependent on Zimovane. I would rather suffer short term with bad sleep if there is a chance I could become dependent on them in the medium to long term. Can anyone offer me any advice or experience on either dependency or the successful results they had had coming off of them? Every experience will be gratefully recieved. Many Thanks.

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  • Guest Guest

    HI I have been prescribed Zimovane after 4 nights of no sleep due to a reoccurrance of stress and anxiety. I ended up at the hospital int hemiddle of the night my eyes so swollen from crying for four nights! Thus I now have Zmimovance. Yes they do give me sleep, but am extremely woirried about dependency. I have been told only to take then two nights on two nights off. It is my two nights off strating tonight and I dont know what to do.I cam off anxiety drugs 6 months ago and feel I should goback on them though the Dr doesn't think so as it took 10 years to come off them. But he didn't see the state I was in. Any advice.

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  • Guest Guest

    I was alos on 'anxiety drugs' - for 17 years. I came off them by myself, with difficulty and with horrible physical and mental discomfort. Believe me, coming off Zopiclone is nothing like that. I was on Zopiclone (or Zimovane) for years, stopped it for 3 months last year, ended up back on them because of the need to sleep for work, and 4 weeks ago stopped again. It was hell for 3 nights or so, with insomnia, waking in sweats, panic and weird, vivid dreams, but soon began to get better. I now do the best I can to sleep using hypnotic suggestion and herbal remedies. I am honestly relieved to have got this nasty substance out of my system. I only hope pressures of work don't force me to take them again, but if they do, then it will only be for a week or two.

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  • Guest Guest

    Keep cutting back the dose - miss a day, then retunr to half the dose, then miss a day, then quarter the does for 2 nights, then miss 2 days. Keep trying to do this until you can get off them.

    They are terribly addictive

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  • Guest Guest

    i was started on zimovane in may as i was suffering depression due to severe pain and the ungoing mess that is my medical history and current medical probs (hypermobility syndrome, IBD(bowel bleeding) severe anaemia, recurrent ovarian cysts, popliteal entrapment syndrome that caused many arterial thrombosis and nerve damage to my leg, psoriatic arthritis (a type of autoimmune disease) syjorens syndrome and psorisis, tmjdisorder,a cystic lesion in my jaw, reccurent sinusitis) all this and im only 19 i was also sexually abused as a child and only recently spoke to my family and doctor about it. I have terrible nightmares about what happened and also about being in the hospital where i have spent so many months,though after I finished my exams in june and got a severe chest infection I came off them and I had absolutely no side effects although Im on other sedatives at night so this probably helped,Im since back on them as I wasnt able to sleep in the amount of pain im in right now even with morphine, I was contemplating jumping off the roof so one of my doctors decided I needed to get to sleep and go back onto 7.5mg to 15 if absolutely neccessary. My advice to you would be try relax at nite put lavender oil everywhere you can take and antihistime such a piriton or phenergan or a travel sicknee tablet for the first few nites you come off them then just every second nite and eventually you should be able to sleep and when you do need a little help to nod off try the antihistimine ar travel sickness tablets. I wish you the best of luck please let us know how you get on

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  • suzi5 suzi5

    Yes, I have been taking Zimovane on and off for about 3 years. I have found half a 7.5mg tablet to be very

    effective giving me 6 hours unbroken sleep.

    No significant side effects apart from being drowsy first 30 minutes afte waking.

    BUT recently, I have had to increase the dosage to a whole tablet and suspect it is losing its effectiveness.

    GP has been very supportive and recently put me on a repeat prescription since he thinks I am using the drug responsibly. But I think I may be going back to discuss alternatives.

    I have suffered chronic insomnia all my adult life but it has become worse. I am now 52 and struggling to live a normal life. I have tried hypnotherapy, various herbal remedies, seen an alternative therapist and tried a

    variety of prescription drugs over the years.

  • psychochief psychochief

    hiya folks,

    zimovane is a generic of zopiclone, its very addictive and can be hell to come off for a lot of people, its very effective but use it wisely cool

    cheers ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • Edenz21 Edenz21

    As with all drugs.

    Use only as prescribed.

    That's it.

    It allows the doctors to:

    a) see how much your taking over a period of time

    b) see how effective they are working over a period of time.

    If you take over the prescribed amount, and not as the doctor has requested. Wee'll, how can you expect to to be monitered correctly.

    The drug itself isn't actually that addictive. Its your personality that becomes addicted to it. It's the same with alcohol, caffiene etc etc.

    Yes, your body gets used to the medication over time. Of course it will, your body will change physilogically. Thats why its important to be monitered, Then a withdrawel plan, or dose increase can be assessed.

    I've been taking Zopiclone off and on for a few years. Only as perscribed, and as and when. I have never needed to increase my dose. I have taken more in a set period, and then less in another. Its closely monitered by my doctor.

    You just have to be smart with these drugs. Theyre not candy, they not there to replace the problem, only assist you in getting over the problem yourself, you must find other methods to work around it, and with the doctors / medicines help, you surely will.

    Anyhows. :D sweet dreams!

  • valerie51902 valerie51902

    I have also been prescribed zimovane 7.5mg but have had to resort to taking 2 instead of one, but they have been causing quite bad nosea. I have been on them for 5 weeks 2 with 2 and 3 with one. please give me advice how to come off them? val from scotland

    • careal55013 careal55013 valerie51902

      hi there i have just seen this site and noticed that you wish to cut off your zimovane,i have been on these for 18 yrs and did come off them a few times and could not sleep at all.the way i did this was take half a night for a few evenings and stay awake as much as possible,just to see if you drifft off this to your own sleep pattern,donnot be pushed in to thinking that another has the full answere.these are only addictive to certain persons not for all,cutting them out can lead to other affects so take it slow,get as much as if takes. be safe with all perscription drugs.hope this help.there also i a slee aid its called sominex ,less adictive and can be bought at boots and most chemists. It is promethiazine hydrochloride. be safe i with you well.

  • Zia Qazi Zia Qazi Guest


    I am 62 years old, My GP prescribed me Sleeping tablet nearly 2 years ago after my 2nd surgery in my lymph nodes. I wake up after 2 & 3 hours sleep but I don’t feel stress, my body needs more sleep to avoid developing lymphedema. The sleeping tablet I was taking before use to kick in after 10 to 12 hours but there wasn’t any side effects, I stopped taking those due to delay action ! I never took any sleeping tablets on regular bases. I start taking Zimovane 7.5mg since 6 months, it does work within 30 minutes, but noticed producing thick flam in my chest and my chest started wheezing ! My GP puts me on antibiotic and prednisolone (steroid) which clear the infection of my chest but GP didn’t stop my Zimovane prescription ! Now I figured out that whenever I take Zimovane for more than 2 nights it creates the same problem ! I have decided to stop these tablets. I am going to try honey and hot cup of milk in the night time.

    Sharing these outcome of Zimovane 7.5mg may help others if they had similar symptoms after taking these tablets.

    Hope we all try to rebuild our own immunity and won’t rely on any medicines.  


  • laura57589 laura57589 Guest


    i was prescribed  Zimovane 3.75 to be counteract the effects of steroid medication which makes me manic & sleepless in Seattle. Took one reluctantly last night. It said one or two. Thank heavens I only took one. Oh yes, they work. I slept like I was dead with various  visions & strange dreams. Trouble was I couldn't wake up & had breakfast & then had to go back to bed & slept all day. I have effectively lost a day out of my life that I will never get back & the sun was shining. I am horrified to also read of the addiction cautions as historically I have had alcohol problems. It will be a cold day in hell before I take another of these tablets & my respect to anybody who can take them & do a days work. Really think that if I had taken two I might never have woken up. It will have to be Lavender oil & meditation for me. 

  • darren20868 darren20868 Guest

    I have been on and off zopiclone for 20 years so obviously have a lot off experience with these. I can tell you that your body WILL become used to or immune to these. So much so i reached a prescription of 22.5mg from starting with on 7.5mg. When They become ineffective i strongly suggest stopping them for a short period then you'll find they work again. Better still Try the odd nights wiithout them. I also suffer PTSS,Gulf War Syndromes many symptoms (depression,anxiety,panic attacks,nightmares and severe insomnia.i am also a paralysed veteran but the worst symptom of the lot is M.E/ chronic fatigue. I take opiates and anti psychotics so I'm in vicious circle. Can anyone tell me If you've had Both zopiclone and the generic "zimovane".

    I find i get terrible headaches and very vivid nightmares/dreams? I refuse the generics now. The vivid dreams are not connected to my usual nightmares and the headaches are unbearable. I have spoke to some that agree. Just wondering If anyone Here has? I strongly suggest against increaseing dosage as it's never ending. This is just IMO..

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