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  1. Fight or Flight vs the Chicken & the Egg | The Anxieties of Marbled
  2. Hi, I’m wondering how you’re doing today and if you found some other type of calmative to help?
    I came across your article while googling Zopiclone. I take it to help me sleep and find it works wonders so I started to wonder if it could be addictive. Thanks for writing this.

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      Hi Beth,

      Sorry for the delay in replying to your message – I had a couple of website issues (changed from .info to .co.uk!).

      I am on Amitriptyline (50mg a night), and have been for a lot of years. Maybe that’s helping me a little with my anxieties, alongside 2mg of Valium as and when I need it – max one a day.

      Zopiclone is addictive – so I’ve read and been told by doctors – from after just two weeks of regular use. People have different tolerances, and some can stop class A drugs with no side-effects, whilst others go through hell. I found it extremely hard emotionally and psychologically, and still do to this day, some three years later.

      If you have no issues with it, and your doctor is happy continuing to prescribe it to you, I wouldn’t worry. I found that I was under its influence too much, and was not happy with its effect on me towards the end, so I wanted to get off it. I would go back on it now though, after three years and still having an anxiety issue that Zoplicone used to help with.

      I hope you’re well and thanks for sending me the kind comment. It really is a life-changing drug!

      Best regards.

      Marck

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      1. Amytriplyne didn’t hel but thanks anyway

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  3. I have taken Zopiclone for about 10 years I take 7.5 mg every night. I have never had any urge to increase the dosage and because, I suppose , I take it for insomnia I have had none of the ” highs” you talk about. Am I addicted , perhaps but I am also 68 years old and don’t really care. I would rather have a good night’s sleep then worry about whether I am addicted to this drug. Since this drug makes me sleepy I find it hard to relate to what you are saying this drug does for you ( sorry DID for you ) but I congratulate on coming off it . I hope you can find something to replace it with. Have you tried CBD, from the HEMP plant ?

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      Hi Maureen,

      Thanks for your comment and for reading my post. Sorry for the delay, I was busy trying to update some of the things behind the scenes on the site.

      If you take Zopiclone before sleep, that’s great. I was taking it hours before sleep to calm my anxiety and eventually to get a buzz. It worked – too much. So, I ended up using it as an anti-anxiety and not as a sleeping medication. Since coming off it, many of my anxieties are ‘worse’, in that I have no way of treating them as successfully as Zopiclone did. With my Emetophobia, I have tried CBT, unsuccessfully. I would try it again – and hopefully will one day.

      Addiction – since writing this post, I see it differently. I was addicted, and it did ‘rule’ my life. But it made my anxieties better, and I miss that. I miss feeling well from taking it and not being so anxious.

      There’s not a day goes by when I don’t think of it – taking it again. Oh well.

      Thanks again.

      Marck

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    2. I had a breakdwon with chronic insomnia and it saved me! Like you say, just as a sleeping tablet x

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  4. Hi Marck,
    I have been taking Zopiclone since 2003…I am now 46. I suffer from depression and after an assessment with a mental health ‘professional’ they have decided that Zopiclone is the main cause of my depression and they are going to write to my GP to stop me getting repeat prescriptions ! I feel terrified. I don’t identify with you taking it during the day as I do use it for sleep mainly. However, at the end of the day we are both addicts to a drug….you successfully have it in the past. I almost want to sue somebody for this ! It seems outrageous that we are given something so terrible so easily. I cannot imagine having a ‘normal’ nights sleep without it. I wish you the best of luck with your continued recovery. You may feel rubbish without it BUT at least you are not being held captive any more. Colletta

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  5. I have been taking Zopiclone for 10 year’s now, addicted,and it doesn’t work as well anymore,IV started having a glass of wine with it took did start to sleep,but now only get bad headache.☹️

    Polly

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  6. Heroin addict for over 20 years. Up down sometimes ok. Been clean of heroin 3 years. Use sertraline to keep me calm. Take buprenorphine for my opiate cravings.
    Had a strange life. Done some strange stuff.
    Got hold of some Z. Reading this puts me off.
    Just taken lorazepam & a good dose of red wine.
    Having a sick dying family member brings me a variety of strong meds.
    I’ve tried talking, group. It don’t work for me.
    Just getting through a day without getting high suits me.
    Been getting high since 1985. I love a buzz.
    Peace

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  7. What was the most you took in 1day 7.5mg I go threw a box a day am struggling to stop can you over dose on them

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  8. Just found this, yes I miss Zopiclone too, I pinched some off my mother then got my own & they were gr8, NOTHING kicked my anxiety like these did, but yes I had too many & a nasty dr took me off them cold turkey, I have still gone back on & off them, if I want them again the Dr says NO, & my physiatrist saysvtheycare sleeping pills, I couldnt care less if they are I want them for my anxiety I have got something else which is hopeless, if I ever go to a new psychiatrist I am gng to ask for them

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  9. Boy im in deep i currently takeing around 88mg every night 15-16 7.5mg pills i have been on zopiclone 25 years and at my worst i honest to god was taking upto 100 pills a day night!, sounds like lies but i have no reason to lie, ime in deep cant see a way out

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  10. People don’t know the pure hell of getting off zopiclone I use it for sleep but it doesn’t allways work trust me I found myself taking double the amount then running out before my script was due it is pure hell. I have been on then for over 20 years

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