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Hey guys,

Docs have started me on Zolpidem today, was wondering if anyone had/has been on these & what they think of them.

Was on zopiclone but have built up a tolerance to them & only getting 3hrs broken sleep a night, any input would be greatly appreciated.


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    I personally think zopiclone was better than zolpidem. I'm on zopiclone 7.5mg X 2 a night, I've also taken zolpidem 10mg X 2 but didn't help.
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    The warning with zolpidem is the same as for zopiclone - they should only be used short-term (it says only 4weeks) to avoid tolerance, and dependence. Perhaps you need to be finding a more long term solution to your sleep problems, during those 4 weeks?
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      Hi pixie,

      I've only been given them for 3 wks, if last night was anything to go by then I don't rate them, only 1 hrs sleep 😞

      Even thought of taking a mirt last night just to sleep

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    I take two meds that cause insomnia, up to three days with 0 sleep. Unable to function, so my Dr. finally put me on 10mg zolpidem. I wish he done that a few years earlier – lost my last job due to insomnia. When I went into a depression, I was put on mirt and take 45mg now. It usually helps me fall asleep but there are some nights it doesn’t work alone and I’ll also take a zolpidem tablet about an hour after mirt. That almost guarantees me sleep. If you decide to take both, try it on a weekend when you don’t have to get up for work. It may be too much for your system to take both. When I first started mirt, slept for 10 hours. Now it’s down to 6 or 7, I can live with that. As Pixie notes, zolpidem is not meant to take every night. I live in the U.S. and zolpidem is listed as a controlled drug and I’m limited to 5 refills (6 months. I also have to show my drivers licence.) per prescription. I’m into my 8th month going on 9 of my last refill. I don’t want to push you into taking mirt with so many people on this site having problems with it. It worked great for me at first but I now have trouble with motivation and getting out. One common complaint on this site, among the host of others with mirt is also weight gain. That has recently motivated me to get out and go for walks. I think getting exercise also helps clear my mind. I notice a difference on days I don’t get out for a walk.

    I also have tinnitus, constant ringing of the ears, which also contributes to insomnia. I found an electronic device that plays sounds of nature- choices of sound include rain, running water of a stream, nature, ocean waves, a heartbeat and a few others. It’s referred to as white noise. I found that listening to a low volume of rain fall (to counteract the ear ringing and calm my mind) also helps me fall asleep. You may want to look into that too. Besides, it’s not a mind altering addictive drug.

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      Hi Steve

      I was on mirt 45mg for a couple years & along with zopiclone & venlafaxine I could sleep really well, mirt was reduced over a year & Dr decided to stop it at 15mg, had WD symptoms which docs are very reluctant to recognise & then came the sleepless nights even though I was still on zopiclone.

      Was then prescribed Zolpidem 10mg but it's not really having much effect.

      Will be seeing Dr next week so hopefully I'll get it sorted one or another.

      Thanks for getting back to me, hope you're keeping well x

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