I need help :-(

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So I started zoplicone 10 days ago and they have run out and as the GP is not open on the weekends I have no idea what to do. I'm scared im not going to get any sleep also the hallucinations I get are horrible I see spiders and people sitting next to me. Is anyone else experiencing this? I'm 18 years old and don't want to be forever om sleeping tablets but I feel om addicyed already and I need them to sleep. last night was the first night of me not taking them im on (7.5mg) and I could not sleep at all I felt rather sick and headaches were not normal. Could anyome help me?


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    Hi jane85397,i was once in your situation, but then it came down to either my sanity or losing the plot in front of everyone. In the end i chose well i am going to need these pills for a temporary time to heal me eventually which is what my main goal is to do and that is to eventually to heal my body and get off these damn artificatical sleep aides, And on top of all that i am repeatively telling myself "this is only temporary, and i have pulled my strenght to get better from my 3 year, he is my World and i live only for him. I realize that may sound a little OTT to some of you,but it is a fact!!

    I also take Magnesium which is also fantastic for sleep apparently. 

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    Look on the NHS site and you will find:

    Where can I get an emergency supply of medicine?

    If you urgently need medication, contact your prescriber immediately to arrange a prescription. If this isn't possible, you may be able to get medicine from a pharmacist in an emergency, subject to certain conditions.

    You must have been prescribed the medicine before by a doctor, dentist, nurse independent prescriber, optometrist independent prescriber or other healthcare professional, who is registered in the UK. In addition to this, the pharmacist:

    will usually need to see you face-to-face

    must agree that you need the medicine immediately

    will usually need evidence that you have been prescribed that medicine before

    must be satisfied with the dose that is most appropriate for you to take

    The pharmacist may provide an emergency supply of up to 30 days' treatment for most prescription medicines, with these exceptions:

    permitted controlled medicines (controlled drugs) – up to five days' treatment (Zopiclone is now a controlled drug)


    The pharmacist will then make a note in their prescription book of:

    your name and address

    the nature of the emergency

    the date of the emergency supply

    the name, quantity, form (e.g. capsules, tablets or liquid) and strength of the medicine

    Even if the pharmacist is unable to give you an emergency supply of a medicine, they will advise you on how to obtain any essential medical care you may need.


    I've been near enough the situation myself to have looked the information up, but in the end didn't need to use it. But presciptions for Zopiclone are a touchy subject, so don't be surprised if the pharmacist declines to help.

    Were you only given enough for 10 days?


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      I've tried this before several months ago when  I moved away from my home town and had to wait to register with a new GP.

      Almost all pharmacists will refuse to give you zopiclone or anything of a similar nature. 'Emergency' is usually reserved for psychiatric drugs for very severe conditions, blood pressure, heart etc.

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      Things would need to very severe it seems to me if the pharmacist knew that Jane didn't drive, wasn't likely to commit date rape and had taken them before and still wouldn't let her have one to get through Sunday night before visiting her dcotor Monday morning.
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      Ozram your correct but if you use the same chemist and get these regular then they will usually allow one and take it back or take for a prescription charge and give you one just for security purposes but moving towns is a whole new ball game


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      If you look up "Controlled drug changes to the legal classifications of tramadol, lisdexamfetamine, zopiclone and zaleplon – professional guidance and frequently asked questions" on the PSNC site you will find there's a "Yes" against "Emergency supply" for Zopiclone.
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    hi jane

    please dont take anymore zopiclone, because it has turned my world into a living hell. take lisa x

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      I'm assuming it's because zopiclone has an addictive nature. It's for short term use only but prolonged use can cause dependency and the withdrawl symptoms are pretty revolting.

      There's no substitute to treat zopiclone addiction, only gradually reducing the dosage until stopping all together.

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    Hi Jane

    There is always out of hours doctors, who may be able too help.

    On a serious note, you should contact your Dr to discuss all your symptons, as it sounds as if they are hindering your progress.

    Good luck and please let us know how you get on

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