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I'm 61 yrs old securely employed married male. For at least 3 years I've been on prescribed Zolpidem and Amitriptyline to get any sleep at night. I've been experiencing short term memory loss for the last few months. Over the Christmas break, my wife said I was like a zombie, and I was very aware of this, and I also realised I was using 2 or 3 10mgm (20 or 30mgms per night) Zolpidem each night - an ever-increasing dependency.
We went and saw my GP last Thursday 30/12/10 and asked how I could get off Zolpidem - various solutions were put forward. The way I decided is best for me is \"cold turkey\". I've not had any Zolpidem since the night of Wednesday last week. I've felt like absolute s**t every day since, getting to sleep at 5, 6, 7 am and sleeping extremely strange patterns, but I think I'm slowly getting there, went to bed and sleep this morning Thursday 6th January at 0430, and woke at 1030 and actually felt like getting up and about (I've not felt like that for years).
I'll carry on adding to this posting on a daily/weekly (see how it goes) basis as to my progress, but I may be able to see some light at the end of the tunnel. It is advised in different sites that you shouldn't go \"cold turkey\" off Zolpidem, but I know the weaning off using Diazepam was not the route for me, I'd probably have ended up dependent (addicted) to both and in a worse place than I already was in!
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