Zolpidem - has it caused anxiety/agitation for anyone?

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Hello. I suffer from severe depression and anxiety and have been taking Zolpidem for many months now. Initially and for quite a while it worked great but I remember wondering if I felt a bit more anxious in the morning/day after. Now months later I do think it has intensified my depression/anxiety but it is so difficut to stop. I am taking more than 5mg nightly recently as I often top up to stop the panicky feelings and try to get to sleep (not more than 10mg though). Of course all i am doing is getting more immune to it. It creeps up on you.

Has anyone else had increased anxiety/agitation/depression whilst taking Zolpdem.I really must cut down but am wo worried about getting no sleep at all.

C

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    I too take have been taking 5mg a night for a year and it's still working. I found taking 5mg some time during the day, never past one PM, helps to calm my nerves. I'm probably addicted to zopiclone, but at this time in life it's the least of my problems, 60 years young. Once I stopped cold turkey and had adverse affects, started again, no problems. Works for me and still don't have to increse dosage.
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    Yes, I've been in that exact same position. I bought some on the internet (DO NOT DO THIS) and my GP also started me on anti-depressants aand hydroxyzizne which is an antihistamine based anti-anxiety medication.

    You are actually suffering withdrawal symptoms. That is what the ansiety is all about. I bet if you took 15 mg or 20 mg one night you wouldn't have the anxiety thes next day. BUT DON'T DO THAT, EITHER.  oK, YOU'RE ADDICTED. yOUR BODY TOLEERANCE HAS SUPERSEDED THE AMOUNT YOU'RE TAKING. gO AND SEE YOUR gp AND ASK FOR HELP. iF YOUR gp DOESN'T HELP, REFER YOURSELF TO A WALK-IN DRUG ADDICTION CENTRE.They will prescribe for you, give you support and respect and you will feel proud of yourself. Google it for your area. Good luck hun.

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      Hello - I am not sure it is this. I did take twice as much one night and the anxiety came on later but is still came on. It is connected but Zolpidem has such a short half life. I don't know what to do I feel terrible and am not coping as I have bad depression / anxiety anyway. C
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    I often feel anxious during the day, I take 7.5mg for many years now.

    but because it has been so long, I can't really remember what I was like before I took them.

    several,people have reported anxiety and put it down to zopiclone.

    but if you don't take them. Then you will feel even worse.

    thats why I take them nightly, but never during the day. I don't have a lot of energy anyway without feeling heavy and even more lethargic.

    i think that anyone of us who suffers from insomnia will feel anxious and depressed at some point.  

    Unless you want to detox and come of them with gp's help, then it's probably something we all generally have to live with.

    google the Ashton Method. It's a Valium detox programme and tell gp's about it.

     

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    I take a benzo for conversion disorder.  Not something I can stop. But I can forget if I don't have the pain associated with the condition.   One day I forgot to take it and started having weird chest tightness and anxiety.  By the next day I was in full panic mode calling my psych doctor and calling in sick to work because I couldn't function. When I finally got to see the doctor he said that I was having withdrawal symptoms, and then having anxiety over the withdrawal symptoms.  I normally take up to 3 very low dose pills a day, and forgetting to take them was my mistake.  So I have the bottle out and 'in my face' every morning and take some with me so I can take one if I forgot to.  I seldom take the full 3 a day, so I generally have lots left over.  I just never realized that I would actually have withdrawals from such a small dose.  My opionion, as is the opinion of my doctors, is that I am going to either take the meds, or end up in the mental ward, and all meds are monitored very closely.  I take the very lowest doses, and apparently not even that at times, so I don't consider myself an addict.  Plus when you are over middle age and you work full time and function and pay taxes, it's nobodys business.  I can either be 'addicted' in the eyes of those that poo poo it, or I can be in the mental ward or on disability.  So which option is better?
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      You raise some very interesting points. Addicted? Well, yes, in the  sense that you have had withdrawal symptoms when you forgot to take your medication. Getting worse? Well, no, not strictly speaking, since you're not seeking additional doses to obtain the same the same effect. also, you always have doses left over, which is something that i've never managed to do - I had always finished mine long before the next prescription was due and resorted to buying more and more of anything i could just in order to feel normal. If you function well and don't seek additional doses, and occasionally forget to take them, you're okay in my book. But my book isn't the same as other people's. Let's see what others think.............
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      Do you have problems getting of to sleep, or waking in the early hours.

      i have recently started waking at between four and five am.  Can't get back to sleep have resorted to taking another tab, 3.75mg. Feel lousy next day usually 7.5mg is ok, but usually wake early, but not that early. It's driving me mad as can't keep on taking extra.

      would like to find an alternative, but natural drugs don't work.

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      Ok, so you're getting tolerant to 7.5 mg zopiclone. That is the long and the short of it.

      You don't say how long you've been on 7.5 mg, but you do use the telling word 'resorted' to taking another 3.75mg, so that sounds like you don't really want to but can't stop yourself.

      We've all been there, Vivien, which is why we're here. Don't beat yourself up. I'm on a reducing dose of diazepam at the moment after forty years of taking LOADS of ANYTHING, and I mean LOADS.

      A few days ago I cracked and ordered 40 x 10 mg zolpidem from the good old internet. I took them all over a period of thirty six hours. it was heaven while it lasted.

      I'm back on track now. I hope. None of which answers your specific question.

      Ok, let's go back to it - you feel you need another 3.75mg zopiclone because you're waking early. Go and see your G.P. If they are good, they will help you. If they are not good they will stop your prescription immediately.

      I hope they are good, for your sake. You need to change to diazepam, for starters. You start at a comfortable dose which keeps you asleep - I would guess about 10 mg. But you must put your heart and soul into reducing this very, very gradually, because your body has now forgotten how to get to sleep on its own. Most GPs do not know about this, which is highly unfortunate. Reduction must be very slow - it should take months - and you may/probably do need therapy of some kind to find out why you started taking the zopiclone in the first place. Possibly this online forum will be all you need in that line. I don't know, but you do.

      Ask me anything you like, any time. I am a nightmare of a patient with a nightmare of a doctor so I ended up at a walk-in refer yourself drug addiction clinic - thanks be to God.

      From taking as many as thirty 7.5mg zopiclone at night (!) I am now only on 26 mg diazepam, in divided doses during the day. Diazepam is metabolised much more slowly than zopiclone, which is why you need to change to it, but UNDER EXPERT MEDICAL SUPERVISION.

      All the best. I'll be thinking of you.

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      Hi tess. Thanks for reply.

      i have been on zops for about twenty years and before that, Mogadon.

      i try to stick to 7.5mg a night, but sometimes as I said previously, I have taken to waking ridiculously early, can't stand the thought of lying awake for around fours, so take a small dose of zop. Also they leave you hung over.

      i can't believe the doses you have taken and are still alive.

      how come?  

      I understand about the diazepam withdrawal method, I have researched it, but worried if I approached doc he would not be sympathetic.

      i have taken most types of sleeping tablets ever since the sixties. (I am 70) now, including barbiturates which were widely prescribed then.

      i was thinking of ordering diazepam of the Internet and slowly weaning myself of zops myself. Obviously, it's best to do it supervised but not sure of my surgeries policy on this. My previous doc try to get me of zops by reducing dose and then mirtazapine, but it didn't work and I changed doctors.

      i am still lucky to be getting zops now as you know, they don't dish them out very freely anymore. So I guess I am still clinging on.

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      HI Annie - i have taken diazepam but for me it does not compare to Zolpidem - I know it comes on slower and lasts longer. It also seems to make me feel depressed (I have depression anyway and n the pack insert it says not to take if suffering with depression). I don't know what to do to beat this reliance on Zolpidem which is getting wore and making me more anxious. I used to be able to sleep well but recently it is terrible with the warmer days and lighter mornings. I feel bad all the time nights used to be an excape but not any more. C
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      Vivien, it is not a good solution just to be 'hanging on'.  Coming off zopiclone has to be supervised by an expert, which does not generally mean your GP.

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      I attend a dedicated centre for drug addicts in north London, and have been slowly reducing for about five months. I was immediately changed to diazepam as this has a longer half-life than zopiclone. It iss not realistic to wean anybody off zopiclone as the dosages are so limited and they're very difficult to cut up, and their action is rapid and their half-life is short.

      Please google 'drug addiction services  + wherecer you live. You will find help there. Your GP sounds worse than useless. I still have concerns for drug interactions  you may have with any other psychotropic mediction.

      Let me say it again - drug websites are dangerous and expensive. Don't do this to yourself. Free help is available but you have to know where it is. If you can't find your local drug addiction centre online because oh technophobia get someone young to do it! A handy teenager, for example - or even someone at an internet cafe.

      Keep safe. I gambled with my life and I hope you won't pursue the drug website idea. Lots of love.

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      I LOVED mogadon. You can still get it online, unfortunately. Some random drug website that I hadn't used for a year sent me a 'gift package' to try to tempt me back. There were nine different benzos enclosed, ten of each, so I got my first opportunity to try Xanax (alprazolam) which is very popular in the US.

      It's a good job I have steeled myself to avoid these sites now because I LOVED Xanax, too. It was the best. But actually, that only makes it the worst, of course. My husband went mad when the package came and I had a hard time convincing him that it was an unexpected random 'gift' to tempt me back. Needless to say, I took them all (this was about two years ago) and did a lot of mixing and matching as well (highly dangerous)

      Nobody has actually proved that long-term use of benzos and Zs leads to serious health problems, so I do wonder why doctors are so keen to get us all off them. The rather odd piece of research which hypothesised a link with dementia is flawed, if you study it carefully. Even my psychiatrist thinks so. Neeless to say, being addicted is in itself a big problem, but as to storing up problems for the future? I'm still waiting to be convinced.

      I'm not being naive here. Every couple of weeks someone, somewhere, suggests that dementia can be predicted by a blood test/that dementia is less likely if you do crosswords/that dementia is more likely if you do crosswords/that eating coconut oil cures dementia etc etc etc etc. They can't all be right.

      Nothing would surprise me less than to read fairly soon that using benzos for ages protects people from some form of cancer........Yeah, right.

      It's the social destruction and the financial problems which make addiction dangerous. Anyone reaading this who has any new inforrmation, please share it.

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      I completely understand your problem.  I was given Zolpidem for sleep.  I took it for about a month and noticed that I was feeling more depressed than usual, plus I was having horrible thoughts about suicide.  What I did to get off of it was cut them in half and take a half with a half of another med that was previously given to me for sleep.  Of course, I had several nights of no sleep, restlessness, etc..  After a week of that I stopped the Zolpidem altogether.  I feel better, depression has lifted some.  But here I am again not being able to sleep.  So I started taking the old medicine full dose again.  It works a few days really well, then I start waking up earlier and earlier and feeling yucky for several hours.  I don't know what the heck to do!!  On top of that the psych doc says that she's going to discontinue my anxiety meds and my new prescription is for only two a day instead of three.  This comes a week after I was in the ER with a panic attack!  Doctors really don't listen to anything you have to say.  I am so disgusted with this.  She says this to me and starts talking about a new law and the FDA, all I heard was blah blah blah I am going to be nuts.   I guess I will be a regular in the ER when my meds run out.  I am going to try alternating my sleep meds.  I don't know what else to do.    

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      Xanax is definitely the only med that I have taken that helps my problems.  I understand the need to not be dependent on it.  I am cutting back whether I like it or not.   The FDA has changed something and now my doc says shes going to take me off it.  My last script was 3 a day, and the new one is two a day.  I have been doing pretty good so far.  I have enough saved up that I can manage for awhile.  If she discontinues it altogether I will have some if I have a major panic attack.  The doctors can gripe all they want but I would rather have a stockpile of extra meds than have to go to the ER because I had a panic attack and had nothing.
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      I am on Xanax, Seriously addicted to Ambien. And on very strong pain meds. Methadone, Morphine and Dilauids. I was so sick because I ran out of my med's I called 911 and the Damn DR asked me if I go to Doctor Feel Good? He gave me nothing , I was discharged out of the ER. Basically I was a Gomer. Get out of my ER. As I left the Hospital, I collapsed to the ground and had to muster the strength to get up and get a taxi home with no money. I never called 911 in my 51 years and I thought the ER would help me but I found out that this doctor wouldn't help me and told me that there are no bed but I have to go into a detox.

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