Zopiclone and my addiction in the UK (all over body rash for 5 years!)

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Been on Zopiclone since 2008 started on 3.75mg then quickly upto 7.5mg for about 5-6 years then recently I've gone upto 15mg/22.5mg which I've managed to get down to 7.5mg

My gf has just left me because of my insomnia and addiction.

The drugs make it hard to wake and also really really lazy until about 2-3pm! So I haven't worked in 5 years - They most I've had is a week before I got sacked!

I also developed this horrible rash on my arms and legs and stomach, looks like an allergic reaction but docs just keep fobbing me off with it!

My addiction is massively psychological I have the "I haven't took a pill" syndrome! Which keeps me awake when I don't take them!

Anyone else been on them for this long?

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    hi daniel19975                                                                                                                              ive been on and off zopiclones for about 10yrs l didn,t know you could get stronger doses only up to 7.5 i did get dermatitis which is like a rash this is  hereditary has any one in your family have this rash go back to your doctor and wash with aquas cream your doctor should give you some ointment which shoud help clear up i find if im stressed i get flare up which can be very sore hope this message help 
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    2x7.5mg/nt over 20 yrs.  No noticeable side effects  
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    Hi. Been on zopiclone for around twenty years now.  I take one 7.5mg a night.  That seems to suit me.  I only get around five to six hours sleep, but I reckon that's better than nothing.    I don't think in all that time I have ever had any side effects.   

    I am sure rashes are nothing to do with the zopiclone.

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    Have been on 2x7.5mg For about 20 years until about 2yrs ago, when my GP rtold me I didn;t need them.   Just like that. That Caused me a lot of distress; he didn't care.  Got them on the internet for a while.  Expensive.   Last lot I got I was charged nearly £27.00  duty.. No noticeable side effects'  . 
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    Hi.  I have been on zoplicone for many years.  Was actually up to 7 (7.5mg) each night but slowly came down.  If you haven't been following my story, I was getting them from a specialist who just kept giving them to me until I realized I was in trouble.  Came down to five on my own then went to my family doctor in tears and her and I have been slowly weaning me down on them.  I never had a rash or felt tired the next day.  Had a full time job until a couple of weeks ago when I retired.  I have been down to two a night but the last two nights taken only one and surprised that I actually slept quite a bit.  I get 8 weeks refill but can only pick them up from pharmacy weekly.  Found that helped quite a bit cause can't screw up.  Once been down to one for awhile gonna try none. Was very nervous about going off them cause hear a lot about seizures and withdrawals etc but haven't had any withdrawals at all going down to one so not quite as worried now. 
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    Hello Daniel

    Am very sorry to hear about your problems with zopiclone and situation with your partner...I was addicted to Zopiclone for around 7 years. I managed to come off them in 2014 although it was very hard to do...you may be allergic to the drug if you have a rash? Can you get this checked out by your doctor at all? Are you getting the zopiclone from your GP or other sources at the moment and are you wanting to come off as you should always try to taper off this drug due to the withdrawals if u, like myself, were taking it for quite a long time x

    The GP can offer alternatives but it would depend what suits you/what other medicines you are taking x I myself asked my GP to refer me to a psychiatrist (this route obviously isn't for everyone), as I felt i was actually "losing the plot" through my addiction and the massive effects on my personal life and the loss of my career. I was diagnosed with severe depression, and placed on a combination of antidepressants and a low-dose antipsychotic for my zopi withdrawals. I would say the first few weeks were the closest i have been to "hell" - but all i can say is it was the BEST thing i ever did. I now sleep like i did before i ever started the Zopiclone

    I wish you all the luck in the world, and please don't hesitate to contact me back. I found support forums fantastic when /i was coming off the pills - it somehow eases things to know you're not on your own

    All the best

    Emma

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      Wonderful reply Emma, I'm going through a smiliar process & wish Daniel all the best. The Ashton Manual/tecnique is also well worth googling for anyone trying to conquer these horrible tablets & what they do to us.  
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      Hi joe.  Yes, the ashton manual is a good thing to do if you wish to come of them.  Many people on this site have used it successfully.  But of course it needs to be done with your g.p.  

      Not all g.p's are willing to use this method, or even know about it, so it's wise to google the info and take it with you.  

      Sometimes you have to ask for what you want.

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    Hi all. I stupidly got myself addicted to 7.5mg Zops 10 years ago (my choice). After 2 years, managed to get myself off with a mixture of alcohol, valium and Nightol (OTT sleeping aid). 3 years later, I was ordering them online again. New Year 2016, decided I'd had enough, cold turkey. 10 days and nights sleeping 1-2 hours per night. I'm working full time and single mum. I couldn't cope, so got an express delivery. Never thought I'd be able to come off them. I read hundreds of websites looking to get them cheaper (I was paying up to £1.50 per pill) and I was worried about the consequences about receiving them. I read about Phenergan and thought that it wouldn't even touch the sides. I even ordered them on my 1st cold turkey, but by the time they came, I'd got some Z so threw them to the back of a drawer. By Xmas 2016, I'd f'd up so much mixing Z & alcohol, I was ready to go cold T. I had 2 weeks off work - perfect. Cut down the Z by 1/4 each night and took 2 Phenergan (1 at 10pm, 1 at 11pm), stayed up as late as poss and by the time the Z was at 1/4, I was sleeping! Me! A slave to it.

    Stupidly, I lay in bed until 1pm on a Sunday and still had a few Z left. Obvs what I did. Now the Phenergan don't seem to work as good, but I'm sticking to it and never going back to that.

    Unfortunately, when I wake up in the morning (without Z), my mind is racing about everything & anything. However, even though the racing mind is not pleasant, it's better than being a zombie.

    I have had this drug in my blood for 6/7 years in total. Now I can't sleep without Phen...but I think this is a better addiction.

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