Zopiclone withdrawal

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I need some help with zopiclone withdrawal. I have been onthem too long and now suffer from panic attacks . I have made an appointment with my GP in the hope he will help me. I am scared he will be angry. Have other people gone through this stage of trying to give up but suffer ? Please reply.

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    Hi Gillian

    firstvof all please try not to think your GP will be angry with you. The GP is there to help. It would be very unhelpful and very unprofessional if they were angry about it. Lots of people have problems with these meds. Try to feel positive about the fact you have made the best step forward and you now have an appointment to start sorting this out and you're going to get help. Dont feel bad about yourself , you are not a bad or lesser person just because of this zopiclone situation. If your GP isn't helpful - and that shouldn't be the case - then see someone else. Is your appointment soon?

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    I was prescribed zopiclone a few years ago and was told never to take it more than two nights in a row. I had terrible insomnia. She would only prescribe 14 tablets each time. I was so concerned about possible addiction that I stopped using it. I still have half a box in my bottom draw. My problem was tramadol. I went through awful withdrawals with tramadol and also gabapentin. I'm now on codeine. I'm very up front with my GP about my problems with these drugs. I'm sure there will be others here who are, or have been, struggling with zopiclone though. 
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    Hi Gillian,

    well done for making this decision. Google the Ashton Plan and have a good read. Print it off and take with you to your GP appointment. I'm sure you will get support on condemnation. Many of us have been exactly where you are. Try to be really honest with your doctor, it was tough for me because I was ashamed to admit I had been supplementing my prescription by buying online. It's the drug that's so addictive not a character weakness. You will get lots of support on here. Good luck!

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    Should read: NOT condemnation. Aaaahh, predictive text!
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    Hello Gillian

    How many are you taking at night ? And how long you been on them ?

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      Hello

      Yes I've been on mine for 18 years 15mg a night and only now do the doctors want me to come of them they stopped mine December 16 so I've got to wait until I see the doctor again on Tuesday to discuss it all with him

      Have you tried to cut down ? I also get panic attacks but they aren't down to the zopiclone

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      Hi Kelly and others who replied

      i saw my doctor but didn't discuss the zopiclone in case he revoked my driving licence. I discussed the panic attacks.

      I have gone cold turkey and now taking my mirtazapine last thing at night. I get off to sleep but have awful dreams and still feel dreadful during day but I assume this will get better as the zopiclone gets out of my brain. 

      Thanks for all your help. Who else has gone cold turkey and how did they feel and for how long?

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      Hi Gillian, I would have thought the best thing to do would be to cut down more slowly, but if you are managing to get to sleep thats not bad - I know the bad dreams are awful.  I did try going cold turkey from valium, but this is just not possible after a long term addiction.  The withdrawal symptoms are so dreadful, - in fact alot of people think they are worse than withdrawal from herion, and so do I - so the only realistic way to come off that is slowly.

      But well done for what you are doing.

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