Zopiclone - could it cause bladder problems?

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So, I had a bout of insomnia around 1 month or so ago, and the doctor prescribed Zopiclone. I took one tablet and slept 13 hours, the effect was great! The next day I decided not to take one, but didn't sleep all night, then around 6 am I had to pee excessively and got bad shakes. I went to the doctor and they examined my urine and said there was a possibility I had a bladder infection, and I was given antibiotics. I continued to take the zopiclone and the antibiotics, and the bladder problem went away eventually, although I got other side effects such as dizziness from the zopiclone. 

After 2 and a half weeks of zopiclone use, the doctor prescribed me 15 mg of Mirtazapine for just sleep problems at the time, although I was suffering from depression as well, mostly because of the lack of sleep. It worked a charm, and after around 5 days of what I think was withdrawal dizziness from Zopiclone, I had a good solid week and a half of sleep and feeling back to normal.

Then, around a week ago, I couldn't sleep again, so I decided to take zopiclone again, simply because I had to work a lot and couldn't afford not to sleep. Around a day or two after I started the zopiclone again, I needed to wee a lot again, firstly simply because a lot of urine was coming out, then constantly needing to go with little coming out every hour. It's been around 3-4 days since this started, and now I still need to go a lot, and I now have pain in my lower abdomen, sort of cramp-like. 

So, it seems kind of odd that both times when I started taking zopiclone, bladder problems occured, could it be a side effect, or could it cause a UTI to occur? I am a guy in his mid-20's, so UTI's are uncommon in my category. 

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    Hi tom69054

    It would be a good idea to read the instruction leaflet that came with the medication....and see if there are side effects relating to excessive urination.....best wishes...

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      Thanks for the reply, there is nothing in regards to urination, I have heard it is a very rare side effect, but only effecting something like 1 in 6000. 
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    Zopiclone is  a sleeping tablet so if you sleep for longer then it is natural that your bladder will fill itself. So I would say that you probably haven't got a bladder problem because it has already cleared up unless you have been unlucky.  You just sleep longer before realising the need to empty your bladder.

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    Hi Tom. I can't really help you with the bladder problem except that I agree with richards comment about sleeping longer/bladder filling. I was just going to suggest a good alternative to zopiclone is lorazapem. lorazapem is actually a tranquilizer, but i have it now & then for sleep problems (which my doc recommended for). i only take a 1mg tablet, but mostly just half a tablet (split with a pill splitter) was enough to turn off my overthinking brain at night, & allow me to get a better night's sleep without feeling groggy in the morning or any side effects. might be worth you talking to your doc about if you're having problems with zopiclone. when i need it i just take half a1mg tablet about 20mins before going to bed, & it does the trick. you can buy pill splitters btw from most chemists or vets! hope this info helps.

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