Author Topic: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)  (Read 188349 times)

[Buddie]

Re: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)
« Reply #4550 on: September 13, 2021, 11:36:36 pm »
Sorry [...] that you have less energy.  I'm sure you'll be alright eventually.
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[Buddie]

Re: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)
« Reply #4551 on: September 15, 2021, 09:14:24 pm »
Thank you Helen! Yup, just gotta ride it out ... and a true friend does not come in an Rx bottle, lol!

[...], sounds like it's really affecting you but hope it will even out, and help you, once you're adjusted!

Just checking in to say hi.

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[Buddie]

Re: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)
« Reply #4552 on: September 15, 2021, 11:02:47 pm »
I wouldn't be surprised if your former Ativan use is why your body developed dependence so quickly, you're smart to recognize the signs and take steps to get free sooner rather than later.

I like your taper plan, but of course if you run into problems you can slow it down.  :thumbsup:

Iíve on day 4 of first leg of taper from becoming physical dependent after only two weeks at 10 mg of zolpien per day. This first leg is at 5 mg (planned for 7 days) and I have been noticing a lot of intra day withdrawal symptoms, including agitation, anxiety and mood swings. Nothing too severe, especially since I know what they are, but uncomfortable and annoying nonetheless.

When I tapered off ativan 5 years ago, I split my daily dose into three equal parts to ease intraday symptoms. i donít think I should do that with ambien as it hits so hard so fast I might end up in a sedated state all day, but not enough of one to sleep at night. I guess only solution is to stay at 5 mg nightly until the w/d side effects are more manageable, and then make my next cut. Luckily I still have my Gemini 20 scale from my ativan tapering days.

Any thoughts or am I on a reasonable path? Thank God I retired early this year so I donít have pressure of work.
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[Buddie]

Re: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)
« Reply #4553 on: September 16, 2021, 12:27:41 am »
I wouldn't be surprised if your former Ativan use is why your body developed dependence so quickly, you're smart to recognize the signs and take steps to get free sooner rather than later.

I like your taper plan, but of course if you run into problems you can slow it down.  :thumbsup:

Iíve on day 4 of first leg of taper from becoming physical dependent after only two weeks at 10 mg of zolpien per day. This first leg is at 5 mg (planned for 7 days) and I have been noticing a lot of intra day withdrawal symptoms, including agitation, anxiety and mood swings. Nothing too severe, especially since I know what they are, but uncomfortable and annoying nonetheless.

When I tapered off ativan 5 years ago, I split my daily dose into three equal parts to ease intraday symptoms. i donít think I should do that with ambien as it hits so hard so fast I might end up in a sedated state all day, but not enough of one to sleep at night. I guess only solution is to stay at 5 mg nightly until the w/d side effects are more manageable, and then make my next cut. Luckily I still have my Gemini 20 scale from my ativan tapering days.

Any thoughts or am I on a reasonable path? Thank God I retired early this year so I donít have pressure of work.

Zolpidem is tricky, you may get some relief if you try to divide it but that may create holes in your memory because it's a hypnotic and if you have to function and drive it could be dangerous. 

I know the interdose is miserable, I suffered with it when I was taking it but to me it makes sense to save what you have so you can get some sleep, that will help your quality of life during the day.

As far as the speed of your taper, many have reduced by 10% and found that rate tolerable but your use was so short, I hate to see you take too long.  Just pay attention to your symptoms and if they become unmanageable, make adjustments.

I quit both Klonopin and Ambien cold turkey and the Ambien was much, much easier for me, I'm not advocating just passing along my experience.  :)
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[Buddie]

Re: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)
« Reply #4554 on: September 19, 2021, 05:59:06 pm »
Hugs Team Z! Iíve been missing yíall. My absence is due to waves kicking me. Iím always thinking of yíall. Huge welcome to the newbies. I wish you well in your tapering. I know you can do it. Keep a mental bat handy to knock any doubt away. Your symptoms as stated are definitely tolerance. Your bodies are telling you to get off your Z drug. Be wise and listen! It may not be easy to handle but itís doable and for your well being. Take one hour at a time. Any time after you take a dose and you feel [...] thatís clearly tolerance. The plan with the fast drop down is fine in my opinion as [...] stated that you wasnít on it long. Donít expect to be comfortable for awhile especially if you have other medications in your system. Sounds like you both are ready. Thatís awesome!!!!
Best wishes to you!
[...] youíre doing well and I know you have your rough times. I like your attitude and the way you incorporate self help. Keep focused on that. Youíre awesome girl!!!
[...] as always youíre a beacon of light to many of us. We appreciate your dedication to being a support! Super hugs to you!
[...] I wish you a more comfortable day and all you can do is your best. Keep the faith and stay the course. And keep playing that sax!
Deanna I hope youíre ok. Iím concerned about you dear friend. May your absence be because your [...] and enjoying each day. If itís because of a shift in your symptoms please know Iím thinking of you.
[...], Helen, Twd and whoever I missed Iím sending healing vibes your way.
Tomorrow Iíll be 15 months! Woohooo come on healing letís be done!!!
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[Buddie]

Re: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)
« Reply #4555 on: September 19, 2021, 07:50:43 pm »
Ha [...], congratulations with your 15 month off celebration. Very [...]! You are a super woman!  :oXo:
I am in a very rough period, changing clozapine brand is hard. I already mentioned it before. In Dutch we say ď I am walking on my teeth meat!Ē My father was here this evening and together we watched the Dutch football league and a program with classical music. I made french fries for us. After he was gone, I tried to play some sax, but it was not the right day for it. I am jealous on my cat who is sleeping a lot, and is not bothered by anything. Huggs for all the Z-team membersÖluck with your tapers too!  :thumbsup:
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[Buddie]

Re: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)
« Reply #4556 on: September 20, 2021, 12:07:52 am »
Hi All, happy Monday! Congrats [...] D on 15 months. Sorry youíre still suffering after all this time, no fair. No fair for any of us. Well Iím working on week four of my jump. So far so [...]. Still have physical symptoms such as burning feet, fingers, and mouth, but the mental stuff and anxiety are mostly gone. Wow! I can endure the physical things now that I have my head back. Sleep continues to be a mixed bag but it was when I was on the meds as well. Back to work in two weeks and I think Iíll be ready. Thinking about you all. Keep on keeping on.
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[Buddie]

Re: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)
« Reply #4557 on: September 21, 2021, 01:20:18 am »
kc1952!! You sound confident and it's great you're getting off soon ... I mean soon after starting! I, too, was off work when I tapered, that's a gift. Happy Retirement to you!

[...], great to see you here chiming in and cheering everyone on!!!! Let the love back in as we cheer you on! 15 months is a BEAUTIFUL thing. Awesome!

[...], very nice to have you back! Funny Dutch saying about the teeth! Sounds like you had a [...] night with your Dad.

Hey [...]!! Nice to see you here as always.

[...], woo hoo!! Great, [...], wonderful--- you had some very rough mental symptoms and what a beautiful thing to see they're gone with the ambien being stopped.

Yes, Deanna, hope you're well ... hope you're not in waves with [...] as you two finish your 5th quarter OFF!

September 24 is one year since I took that teeny tiny slice of ambien off and took 9.50mg ... NEVER TO TAKE 10 AGAIN!!!! Looking back I see I stayed for 3 weeks I was so nervous about going down! Wow, so much has changed. I've started a whole new career for one. Been feeling a bit of stress and Fall S.A.D. and wishing I could sleep longer nights ... poor me! But, thankful for my phone and podcasts to listen to in my bed and for falling back asleep sometimes too. Grateful for my life and for the HORRIBLE symptoms I NO LONGER HAVE. Who knew? I did not. I did not know that all of that horrific crazy confusing mysterious pain I had was the ambien and would leave by about when I got down to 2mg.

Cheering You On Friends, thanks for being here!

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[Buddie]

Re: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)
« Reply #4558 on: September 21, 2021, 03:29:04 pm »
[...] rocks and so do the rest of this group. I think about you all the time and I know weíll,all get there.
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[Buddie]

Re: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)
« Reply #4559 on: September 22, 2021, 12:41:01 pm »
Hi All!  It's [...] to check in with y'all!!

[...], a big CONGRATS to you! You've done so well!  I couldn't be happier for you that you'll get back to work and hopefully live happily ever after.  I believe work can be nicely distracting and if you aren't bothered too much by your physical stuff then you'll be golden.  Of course work can be stressful, and stress is THE enemy, so if you find yourself with returning symptoms just take it easy and know it will eventually reced again as you get used to your new daily routine.

My dear [...] - THANK YOU for thinking about me.  I've been doing mostly [...] indeed, and just like GardenG after a nice period I'm feel my normal wavey stuff again - so just doing what I know I need to do and ride it out till the next baseline!  15 months for you! WOOHOO!  Closer each day to the end of this nightmare.

[...]! Welcome back!!  Sorry you are struggling but so glad you are back to joining us  :smitten:  Are you thinking of continuing your taper again?

[...] - I'm just like you with the lowered mood around this time of year.  I have a lightbox and started using it on Sept 1st!  Usually I up my dose of Vit D, but can't take supplements yet so I make it my business to sit in the sun 15 minutes a day no matter what.  I follow the afternoon sun with my chair and sometimes am sitting in my asphalt driveway.  Neighbors must thing I'm nuts, but whatever.  Stay away from the depressing stuff and watch some comedies!!!

Helen and [...], I hope you are making it through....I've missed everyone  :smitten:
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