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Prior to visiting my doctor this past Friday, I did my own research on Zopiclone. I read through forums like this one and visited many medical websites to get info on side effects, dosage and the length of time one should take this drug. Website after website states clearly that this drug is not to be taken for more than 4 weeks. My doctor agrees. Yet, forum after forum I read how those with awful side effects have been taking Zopiclone for month and years. Years!! Did you not do your research? Did your dcotor not advise you that this drug is a short term solution for insomnia or other sleep disorders? Abusing, yes, abusing this drug (or any drug, expecially Benzo's) will always lead to these off- the- chart- side effects. Don't knock the drug. If taken properly it is an effective band aid to get your sleeping disorder under control wiith limited and minor side effects. This following is from the WEBmd website:
"This medication is usually taken for short periods of up to 4 weeks. Do not increase the dose or take this for longer than prescribed. Tolerance may develop with long-term or excessive use making it less effective."
As for me, I asked for six 7.5 mg pills. After taking 3 pills over 3 nights I will wean off by taking half a pill, then a quarter pill..and then STOP.
I also noticed that the WEBmd website states that Zopiclone is no longer available in the U.S.A. (i live in Canada). I'm going to take a wild guess as to why: Over prescribed and abused.
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