Why isn't zopiclone and benzodiazepines in a group together

Posted , 3 users are following.

Zopiclone 7.5 mg equates to approximately 5 mg diazepam please see Ashton

Manual ! so why are both not grouped together here? In many instances people are addicted to both as they are cross tolerant as is alcohol.

They could with the help of maybe a good GP be advised to wean over to diazepam and then taper off! People that are ill and need information wouldn't even think of looking at other drugs that work in a similar way on brain receptors ( Wikipedia gaba receptors) any information very welcome.

1 like, 7 replies

Report / Delete

7 Replies

  • Posted


    I was curious too about why benzo's and the Z drugs are seen as seperate entities

    I found that it would seem the Z drugs bind more selectively to the GABA receptors that drive sleepiness, but not to the ones that reduce anxiety

    It would seem the benzodiazepines bind to more of the GABA receptors, thereby having an action on more things such as inducing sleepiness and reducing anxiety - well this is my understanding anyway...

    On a personal note, my experience of Z-drug addiction would lead me to say that they "felt" similar to when I was given diazepam. I asked my GP to give me diazepam so that I could taper off from the Zopiclone after 7 years of taking about 15-22mg every single night

    The doctor gave me a very short dose of 2mg Valium and would not give me any more..consequently I went cold turkey in my bed for almost a week. I am now clean as of 2 years, but I honestly think being given diazepam to taper off Z-drugs would help the horrendous withdrawals



    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    I agree totally, and people are buying extra from the internet and other places.

    Sorry but I dint comprehend this.

    If this upsets anyone I apologise in advance.


    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      You are right! We do have to make the government do something about it. So many people's lives are being taken away. In my own family too long to put here but the facts will come out!

      I am trying to get people on board but everyone I've been in contact with especially on here are not surprisingly too ill. Solicitors won't touch it saying they don't know anything about it? They don't need to because we all do. Will reply more tomorrow


      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      You are,welcome.

      Smarties of the sixties Diazepam,benzodiazepines all given, yes all health officials knew the score, Doctors etc.

      Why do people overdose ie taking two 7.5mg and more?

      Buy extra off the internet and other places?

      Night, sleep well x

      Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    Hi BS8,

    The reason Zopiclone is a separate group is because there are more users posting specifically about it than Benzos. We used to have separate groups for every drug in this class but as some were not getting any activity we merged several groups. We have done this site wide to "streamline" the forums and it is something we review continuously. I'll have a look at this area when I get time.



    Report / Delete Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report or request deletion

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up