Author Topic: Z-Drug Support Group (Lunesta, Imovane, Zimovane, Ambien, Sonata, Zopiclone)  (Read 233473 times)

[Buddie]

Hey [...] I agree with Helen. Sit as close to the back of all the excitement as you can. It might even be ideal to wear earplugs and if it’s outside, sunglasses. Plenty of water. Stay relaxed. Make peace with your lightheadness before you go. You know what I mean? Have a pep talk with yourself…..for example, say to yourself ok we are going to a wedding. This is a happy event so there’s no danger to be worried about. If we get a little dizzy then we will take some easy breaths and drink a little water. It will all go well. We will have our bike to go [...].”
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[Buddie]

[...], someone mentioned on this forum one time that when they go to social events and start to feel nervous and like they need some peace and quiet, they go find a quiet place to sit by themselves until they feel well enough to join the festivities again.  Maybe they'll be a garden with a bench in it outside with no one there and you can go sit there for awhile or a curb on a street that you can go sit on and be alone for awhile.  Or just go into the men's room and take breaks.  When I was in tolerance w/d, I'd go sit in a stall in the ladies' room and put my head in my hands until I felt well enough to go back and do my work.
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[Buddie]

Great idea [...].  :thumbsup:

Hope you have a [...] day today.
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[Buddie]

Ha Ladies, thank you for your help. I think I had the toughest day of the week today. I had a tough treatment at the dentist today. It took a 1 hour and 15 minutes. I get a “crown” on one of my teeth. The wedding will be easy compared to this dentist visit. It is a [...] idea to go to a quiet place, if things become to much for me. My father offered to bring me back [...], when I want to leave the party…. Thanks for your helpful comments!
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[Buddie]

Hi there, are you off the zop now? If so how long for and what wd are you having?
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[Buddie]

HI [...],
No I am not off it yet, I think I do a next taperstep after the wedding of coming friday. My main wd symptoms are height anxiety and depression.
Huggs [...]  :thumbsup:
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[Buddie]

I've been off it for months but I have taken a few rescue doses, I took one last night hope it doesn't wreck my healing
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[Buddie]

Hi everyone!

For two and a half years I would fall asleep relatively quickly, and then wake up after four hours with a jolt and be unable to fall back asleep. I take it now that this was only a mild-to-medium case of insomnia, but I was extremely frustrated at the time. A sleep specialist prescribed me zopiclone as a temporary cure.

As has been the case with many of us, I had no idea how quickly I would become dependent on zopiclone. I am a 130-pound woman, in my 20s, and took 7.5mg of zopiclone daily for only one week before I realized that my intense anxiety was a product of the drug. I tapered for two days, (at 1/2 and a 1/4 dose) and went off it completely.

The memory issues and intense mood swings abated after one week, but my loss of appetite and sleeplessness have remained. It's been just under two weeks. Believe it or not, I started a new job just three days before taking these horrible pills. I am not wondering if I should quit? I have been taking a mixture of valerian, melatonin, motherwort, magnesium, and GABA pills to fall asleep at night for a few hours, but am now wondering if the quickest path to recovery is to suffer through the sleeplessness nights herbals-free. Should I quit my job? Sounds like there's no telling how long this recovery process will be. I have been having some moderate-to-severe anxiety spells in the morning and finding it difficult to work at this time and feel that it is affecting my performance.

Grateful to hear from anyone else who has experience recovering from this z-drug, and who was a short-term user like myself.
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[Buddie]

Hello [...] welcome to Team Z! Wow you have only been on zop for a couple of months? Consider yourself lucky that you discovered it was causing you issues. I’m glad you have quit taking it….correct?
As far as the insomnia…..it’s very common to occur but it is temporary. In my opinion yes I do think you should just let your brain heal ( go back to normal) without taking anything else. I say this because……..anything that makes you [...] does so by way of gaba receptors directly or indirectly. Those are the very receptors that you’re trying to let heal. The Z drug attached to those gaba receptors so the last thing that needs to happen is another substance hitting them. IMO. It’s telling the brain you’re still on the pills. Also, IMO if you can avoid it, the habit of needing something to sleep needs to be broken. The human body was born to know how to sleep. It still does. And it will. Even if you only get a couple of hours at first, then that’s ok. You will not die. Very tired yes. Low energy yes. Worn down yes. Sleep deprived yes. But it is temporary. You are in a Ute phase if you’re no longer taking it. There’s no way around not having some kind of rebound symptoms. I agree with your thought that it’s best to just expect it and accept it then distract yourself. Establish a [...] sleep routine at night to retrain your brain to know when it’s time to sleep. Get about 20 minutes of morning sunlight each morning. Sleep restriction by going to bed at the same time and waking the same time. Soothing spa/ meditation music in the dark at bedtime eyes closed.
Quit your job? If it was me, I wouldn’t quit. I’d use it as a way to pass the time while you heal.
Btw, if you look up some of those substances you’re taking, you might be surprised to discover they act on gaba receptors and could make your insomnia worse. The body will get used to having them on board and as a result they won’t work as well. Do your research is my suggestion. When you can’t sleep, have something to do with your hands to keep you occupied. If you can exercise, walk daily but not in the late evenings because it can actually give you energy bursts keeping you awake. Cool room, weighted blanket may also help.
I also used reverse sleep coaching. It’s where a paradoxical reaction occurs after telling your brain mentally “ we only want to relax but NOT fall asleep. Don’t go to sleep.”  Strangely, the brain will do the opposite majority of the time you’ll fall asleep.
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[Buddie]

Most people feel those symptoms in the morning. We call it morning dread. It can be anxiety with or without other symptoms. In the morning the body gets a surge of hormones and chemicals to get it going for the day. Because of our sensitive CNS, that flood of hormones can make us feel terrible in the mornings. Normally this wouldn’t be detected. As you get off your medication this may become a bit worse for a little while. It might go away then return as you go through the healing process. It’s normal under the circumstances. It sucks but part of the process. Thanks for the clarity. If you can, perhaps ask your boss if you can be scheduled to work after 12? Or perhaps 11? There are many buddies here that work all the way through their recovery. It serves as a distraction from their symptoms to avoid being focused on them day in and day out. If you quit your job, might I suggest you replace that time with something to keep yourself busy. Maybe start a hobby, jigsaw puzzles, art, crocheting etc. It’s ideal for it to be something you need to use your hands to do. Me personally I do several so I’m not bored with doing the same things. Also walking is a [...] way to burn off anxiety. Just be careful not to walk too much in one setting. Going outside is very healing. Best wishes to you. Hugs 🤗

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