To all users of Zopiclone

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Hi everyone.  Yesterday, i picked up my repeat prescription, but when i phoned Boots to find out if they had any in stock, i got a shock. Not only do they not have any, but they dont know when they will be getting anymore. I tried two other Boots chemists, another one was out of stock, and the last one i went to has one packet left, Sanofi brand too. I felkt very lucky to nab the last packet. Trouble is, docs are not being encouraged to prescribe them and pharmacies very soon will not be stocking them. Its a very worrying trend.  Some other chemists had the Activas brand that they sell on the internet, but if Boots give up on them then the others will probably follow.Like many others on this site i rely on them to keep me stable. I only hope the internet market doesnt dry up. In fact i feel that they may stop manufacturing them altogether. Maybe there will be an alternative drug. What do others think about this. I know some of you are still able to get prescriptions, but for how long?.

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    Hi. I went to the Doctors and got my prescription on Tuesday, he gave me 28 tablets. I went straight to my normal chemist in the medical centre and I didn't have any problems. He gave me the Mylan brand which I have never had before, they come in a pink box and are film coated tablets. Normally he gives me a blue box, the point I'm trying to make is that I didn't think anything of it but after reading this post it's got me wondering if that's the reason he gave me a different brand. I do hope they do not stop manufacturing it, I will be at a lost. 
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      Hi Sonul.. I never heard of that bran. The usual generic brand are Activas.  When i took my script to Boots they didnt have any so tried two other branches. They are all out of stock, which seems odd for Boots. Managed to get last packet from Third Boots chemist. Its a bit mad really. Other chemists had then Activas brand, but for how long. I think they are phasing them out. Whether or not there will be a replacement remains to be seen. I will be at a loss too if they stop. Doc soon, i think, will stop prescribing altogether. 
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      Yes my local chemist usually give me the blue box and this time they give me the pink box for some reason they dont seem to be having the same affect let me know what you think. I have been on these for 3 yrs and dependant on them if they take them off the market I have not got a clue what I will do wish I could stop taking them have cut down to 7.5mg from 15mg a day I am due a perscription on boxing day hope they will give me an early lot. I have never bought of an internet site that thought scares me as you dont know what your buying and if its safe think doctors should warn you of the addiction when you first go on these WARNING TO ALL BEFORE YOU START TO TAKE ZOPICLONE DONT

       

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    Hi, I wouldn't worry if I were you. The problem may actually be with Boots. They tend to stock their dispensaries from their own warehouse stocks. They also try to stick to one brand when possible as they like consistency. So if Boots are out of something, chances are you small local independent pharmacy will probably have it in stock. I have heard nothing about Zopiclone being discontinued as an NHS prescribable item. Only if that happens will pharmacies stop stocking it, and that will be because the doctors won't be able to prescribe it. The only other time when supply might be difficult is if there is a manufacturing delay or problem which the pharmacist will usually tell you is the case. You don't have to leave your prescription at a pharmacy if they are out of stock of something, you can just ask for it back and try somewhere else!
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    I got my repeat prescription last Friday. The local pharmacy gave me Activas ones instead of Sanofi. I haven't tried them yet to see if they are the same... I suspect it is just cost cutting on the NHS as this has happenned for me for another prescription.
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    Just to answer an earlier comment, there isn't a 'usual' generic brand of zopiclone, there are several generic brands available in the UK.  If your presciptions says 'zopiclone' (rather than Zimovane which is the original brand) then a pharmacy is within their rights to give you whichever brand they purchase (although some will try to meet requests for specific brands rather than lose your custom). This really shouldn't be a problem as in the UK manufacturing standards are pretty strict, and any zopiclone 7.5mg tablet from any maunfacturer should contain 7.5mg of zopiclone. Sometimes different excipients are used, which are the other, inactive ingredients of a tablet, but this shouldn't change the effectiveness. A lot of the time when people think they notice a difference in the effectiveness of different brands of the sam medication, it can be put down to a psychological effect. People get a different shaped or different coloured tablet from usual, they often have less faith in it, resulting in a sort of placebo effect. Buying stuff from abroad, you never know...but stuff stocked in UK pharmacies should all be as effective as other brands. Some interesting research has been done that has shown that the colour, shape and size of tablets all have an effect on the perceived effectiveness. 
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      Yes pete, i think you are dead right about that.  Just because the tablets look different i tend to think they dont work the same. I have two different brands at the moment and going to experiment.
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      I'm using the Mylan brand I got from the chemist for my last prescription and they're quite good. I was a little hesitant but they do the job no problem, may have to get use to a few different brands if the chemists are going to be stocking different ones, still prefer the Intasbrand from UP though redface
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    Up until last year I had been taking Zopiclone (2 a night) for many years.  Last June I had to see my GP for a review and he said that he would carry on as usual.   When my next prescription was due I had to go see my GP again and   he said that it had been decided  that no one needs sleeping tablets,and  I had to cut down to one a night, which caused me a considerable amount of stress, and I was taking two on alternate nights.  I was unsteady on my feet as a result of lack of sleep and on one occasion I fell heavily against the edge of a table,  My left side was so painfull that I could not sleep on that side for 3 weeks. My prescripyion has  now been discontinued   I now have an alarm svstem (for which I pay £3 a week) and if I am having difficulty.I can contact a help centre  There is an alternative, which is available without presriiption, called Dornomyl, but it is not as effecrive, and I now resort to alcohol for assistance

         

     

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    In June, 2013 I had to see my Doctor to review my Zopiclone.  He agreed to keep me on at 2 a night, and gave me a prescription for 28 days.  When my next prescription was due, it was refused until I went to see my Doctor  He said that the Gov't had decided.that no one needed sleeping tablets, and I had to cut down to 1 a night & gave me another prescription for 28 nights.  Trying to cut down to 1 a night was useless, and I took 2 on alternate nights .  I was very light headed as a result, and one day I fell very heavily against a table edge on my ribs, and couldn't sleep on that side for 3 weeks,  I still get pain on that side. When my next prescription was due I had to see a Doctor again.  This time it was a different one. She said that I was taking too many tablets. I said "do you believe this?  and she said yes.  So I took 16 out of my pocket and said "in that case, these do not exist"  She said "why didn't you tell anybody? and I said "because nobody asked me. I had been accused and found guilty without a trial.  I would never trust another Doctor.  She gave me a prescription for some more, but I have been refused ever since. I did get some from abroad, but I had to pay duty of £27 on the last lot  I now struggle from day to day, and drinkj alcohol on bad nights to help me sleep. If I was on drugs I would have had help to come off, but I have just  been dumped. I never want to see another GP again, but Isuppose that it is inevitable, but it weill be a last resort..     

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