Is severe anxiety a side effect of zopiclone?

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14 yrs addicted to zopiclone & I have severe anxiety. How do I come of these drugs? Any replies are most welcome & appreciated

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    Hi Denise, that's a long time, I think your anxiety could very easily be because of the Zopiclone, it is a strong drug and

    Iike a lot of downers can play havoc with our brains. I was taking 7.5 mg nightly for about eight years and realised it had become a problem and no longer a cure for my sleeplessness so I decided I needed to give it up, that was 15 ,months ago and I am pleased to say I have not even thought about going back on it, it is not good stuff, if it is not helping you then you need to give it up, please reply if I can help further good luck robin

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      Hi Robin

      yes how did you come off, what withdrawal symptoms did you have, did you switch to anything else to withdraw? The majority of people I have come across were originally prescribed ( or obtained) 15 mg. minimum, then obtained more. Then with the new reclassification of this awful drug cut to 7.5 mg that is what seems to have caused a lot of the problems! If I too can be of any help please contact me!

      In the meantime please look at citawithdrawal under Z drugs or benzodiazepines. There is also a lot of good information at battle against tranquilisers Bristol.

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    Hi. If you want to come of these, Google the Heather Ashton Plan.

    Its a tranquilizer reduction plan covering all the benzo and Z drugs.

    its too complicated to e plain here, but read up on it, and then take the information to your Gp.   It's a well recognised plan, so your gp should be able to access the information easily.

    a lot of people on this forum have used this method successfully in the past.Also get in touch with the Council for Information on Tranquiliser and anti-depressants.  They can give a lot of advice on the Ashton plan.

    all this is available on line.

    good luck. 

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    Hi Denise.  I also have been on them for many many years.  I at one time was taking 7 (7.5) a night.  I weaned down myself to five then went and broke down to my family doctor.  was getting them from another doctor (a specialist).  I am lucky cause I have a fantastic family doctor.  with her help and giving me a prescribtion for two months but could only pick them up weekly from pharmacy we are now weaned down to half a night.  I am one of the lucky ones as have had no withdrawal symptoms.  I go to bed and tell myself just to relax.  No nightmares, and lately sleeping a little more each time.  Just relax and wean down and good luck.
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