Thinking re instating zopiclone

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Forced to go cold turkey from zopiclone bt GP a year ago and been year from hell. Was assured would be no problem so stuck with it. As i have couple packets left thinking of re instating for short time on very low dose then doing proper taper. Trying citalopram so figure should help with withdrawal . Just feel have no future at moment as feel worse than i did 6 months ago. My symptoms anxiety and intrusive thoughts statted when forced to stop ct. Has anyone succesfully re instated then stopped?

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    dont do it...keep going if you can as hard as it is you will get there in the end. i have tried giving up zops for so long i would do anything to be a year clean off them. its got to be your mental health at this point. zops will be well out of your system try upping your citolopram or changing medication more suited to aniexty but please dont go back on zopiclone youve done so well xx

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      Think i might try just for few weeks tapering off slowly only take 2mg. Just cant take any more been year slowly getting worse and worse more or less housebound now. For my own mental health worth trying short term. The citalopram is for anxiety had also tried sertraline but made me worse. Life not worth living so figure got nothing to loose.

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    So sorry you’re still going through this.

    Tbh I believe this should have been done long ago, I’m not sure how much it’ll help now since it’s been about a year since you quit them. It’s something I would discuss with the doctor at first.

    I’ve been on zopiclone for about 2 months now but my doctor told me when I’m ready, he’ll prepare me for a slow taper which I believe I’m soon going to do.

    I’d get an appointment first, but of course you could always try a low dose and see how you feel. If there’s no benefit at all, there’s no point in taking them again. If you feel better, like I said before, discuss it with your doctor.

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      I went to the doctor when i was trying to come off them and struggling. Got told it was placebo effect as only taking 2mg and couldn't have any more so pointless going back. Thet won't acknowledge that withdrawal can last years. I'll do it on my own will try for few days see if it helps and go from there.Good luck with your withdrawal your sounds more enlightened!

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      I would just try to get a better doctor that truly understands. Luckily my doctor seems to have a lot of knowledge about it, but I’m sure you could find one too. Just be really careful! Hope you feel better soon!

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      Are you in UK, only general opinion here is just get people off zopiclone so where ever I go be the same. Not intending to go back on it permanently, but when you can't leave the house, or take part in normal life worth a try. Might take them alternate days as tends to be when people take them every night when you get problems. Good luck with your taper, what dose are you taking?

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      I’m from Canada. I know some doctors around here would put you on them for life if you wanted, but I’m glad I don’t have a doctor like that.

      I believe they only come in 7.5 pills here. But I cut them in half. Some nights I’ll just take the half (3.75) and others I’ll take a full one.

      For the taper I’ll probably just cut the half’s into half’s.

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      They are controlled drug here won't prescribe them long term any more just trying get everyone off them. You can them in 3.75 as well. I only took about 2mg a night.

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