I have had problems sleeping basically for aslong as I can remember. I was prescribed zopiclone about a year ago and it helped me sooo much but now I find that I have problems falling asleep without it (and yes, I was warned that this could happen.) I find they dont even work half the time now either. I am trying to find alternative things to take but I havent had much luck. I was told to try melatonin...but going from zopiclone to melatonin is a pretty big difference..so that hasnt worked. The main issue is falling asleep, but I do tend to wake up frequently throughout the night. Has anyone else had this problem and found something else that helped kick the zopiclone addiction? I would love some advice! Thanks
What were your first sleeping problems?
Did you have problem just to go to bed earlier that 2 or 3 p.m.?
You need to contact your physician as soon as possible to start with Zopiclone and painkillers withdrawal.
Symptoms that you have mentioned in your other topic, and I've found them as a symptoms of rebound headaches syndrome, can be also, less common reactions of Zopiclone use: rebound insomnia, depression, anxiety, and many more.
Due to the risk of tolerance and physical dependence, Zopiclone is only recommended for short term (less than one week) relief of insomnia.
You'll need to go through withdrawal period by crossing over to an equivalent dose of Valium, and then gradually tapering Valium dosage over a period of several months in order to avoid extremely severe and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms of Zopiclone withdrawal if it is done too abruptly.
For this you need to consult your physician.
This isn't a simple situation to be handled by yourself.
Indeed Zopiclone is supposed to be short term measure to treat insomnia. Usually the dr would recommend other non pharmacological treatment approaches to resolve the root cause of the insomnia. The intention would not be to keep relying on the prescribed sleeping medication. So inevitably the tolerance to Zopiclone developed over time with prolonged use.
melatonin is mainly effective for jet lag or to counter the effects of shift work. So again, that didnt quite fit your needs.
Am curious to know what the dr recommended too....
I haven't been on the board in quite some time...but I can tell you that the doctor I saw actually gave me another prescription for zopiclone and tried to tell me to only take it when needed during the work week. It wasn't really the answer I wanted but of course I took the prescription anyway!
I still have problems sleeping but I feel that I have somewhat gotten the problem under control more then I once did. I have tried asking a doctor for valium in order to help stop taking the zopiclone but apparently they would rather continue giving me the zopiclone then the valium.