Months coming off Zopiclone

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Like many others, I was given Zopiclone because "it is not addictive".  Before that, on benzo's for 40 years.  I am 74.  This year, my husband, with Alzheimer's went into a nursing home, and finally, I had peace and decided to come off the 7.5.  Like others, my mind, although I didn't know it then, was fuzzy, and I hated getting up and driving in the mornings.  I came down from 7.5 to 5.0. Then cut back to 2.5, but had to take Melatonin or something a couple of hours later.  Last few nights, no Melatonin, but wake up early.  Now starting to take my thumbnail to peel off a bit more of the 2.5!!  I had a lot of misdiagnoses this year, and saw different docs, who all congratulated me on my decision.  My mind is like an i-pad screen after you clean it off.  Amazing.  I am tired, sure, as not getting enough sleep, but my doc says to do it s-l-o-w-l-y, and says that the lower I get, the harder it is.  My brain in now screaming "What the heck are you doing to me.  Don't you dare go down any more. No No!!!"  But I am going to continue cutting down - it's been months, not days,   and taking Melatonin if needed, or Valerian, etc.  I would not suggest going on diazapam, that's one I was on, and that can hook you too.  Now my mind is clear, when my body catches up on sleep, it will be awsome, and well worth it.  This drug fooled a lot of doctors, and there should be a world wide lawsuit against it, since the physicians were definitely told it was not addictive.  I have read on other sites it is harder to get off than heroin.  It is a vicious drug, and I had no idea.  How I worked for years on this drug is beyond my understanding.  No wonder I used to go to work, and do simple things until my 10:00a.m. coffee.  I was totally buzzed, and didn't have a clue.

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    Wow, how long have you been taking zopiclone for? I've been on them ten years, we're all here to support x
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      Maybe 6 yrs on Zopiclone but 40 years on benzo's.  Given Zopiclone because it was "not addictive."  Originally got addicted in hospital when they gave them to everyone at night. I was in four months with tough pregnancy and got hooked.  So did the baby.  He was on phenobarbital for a while.  Was in a rough marriage and that was how I managed to cope.  
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    Some very helpful details.I quit sleeping pills among other things.Yes the mind does want to stay on something,once it has a balance of sorts.Good affirmative action. Congratulations are definately in order.Wish you well.
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    Hi Cass,

    Awesome story, thank you for sharing. Your honesty and determination are an inspiration! God bless x

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      Thanks, see reply to Daniel above.  Also more assertive now.  Don't put up with nearly as much c&$p!  You really don't have any idea that you were not fully alert to life and feelings in general.  To be honest, I have wasted half my life, but now moving forward.  Keep trying everyone.  Don't sit as long as I did.
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