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Insomnia hell

Hi,

I am so worried about becoming addicted to Zoplicone but haven’t slept for a week prior to taking it two nights ago. I have suffered with insomnia for 4 years after having a baby and am also on antidepressants. Not sure if I should carry on with Zoplicone or just have no sleep??? So anxious any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. I don’t even think I’m on the right site???

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You may have an underactive thyroid following your baby and that caused insomnia. I’ve had it for over a decade. There are lots of knowledgeable people on here. Someone will inform you what to do xx

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Thanks so much for your reply. I went to the docs and am going to have bloods checked. I’ll see where it goes from there but thanks so much x

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Hi vanill it's said the 'theory' with zopiclone is it helps to get one back into a sleeping pattern/habit ideally for short term use but it does need to be taken for a period of time to do that. 1 or 2 nights is not going to be enough to establish that. Although the 'z' type sleeping tablets are considered less heavy and addictive than the older type they do still have the potential to make one dependent on the tablet to sleep but this can be more physiological that physical.so in short, they need to be taken long enough to get into sleeping pattern then ideally slowly reduce and stop using them. What strength are you prescribed?

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Hi, I was prescribed 7.5 and told to take for 2 weeks to regulate sleep pattern. Going to try that and then see what happens after that. Thanks so much for your advice x

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Vanill,

I was prescribed 7 x 3.75mcg Zopiclone per month so I could get some sleep without any danger of becoming dependant. If you don't take it every night you shouldn't become dependant. If you take it every night it will probably stop working after 2-3 weeks anyway.

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Ok thanks. I was told to take them every night for 2 weeks but very hesitant. Bit worried now though about the dependency and them not working but I guess I’ll probably just have to deal with those things after the 2 weeks? At present I’m sleeping about 2 hours a night for the past 4 nights. 😩

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Vanill,

I think it's very unlikely you will become dependent in 2 weeks but you should try not to take them every night after that.

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Thanks for your advice. Will definitely take it x

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Hi Clutter, so I took ur advice n didn’t take the tabs last night as didn’t have work today. I did not sleep one minute. Is that expected. Do you sleep on the nights you don’t take them?

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Vanill,

I didn't sleep without the tablets but got some sleep on the nights I took them. It was a few years ago. Once I was optimally dosed thyroid wise I was able to sleep without the tablets.

Perhaps you should take them nightly for a week or two and see whether you get into a pattern of sleep.

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Hi I’ve done a lot of research recently to get to the bottom of mine. If your doctor diagnoses underactive thyroid, which is common after pregnancy, ask for related vitamin testing. I can give you more details if necessary. Vitamin D deficiency can cause insomnia and is related to underactive thyroid. My doctor is also testing cortisol levels amongst other things.

Prior to me seeing my doctor today, I found some antihistamine tablets work. They’re none addictive. You need eg piriton, not the non drowsy ones. They’re non addictive and the pharmacist said you can take them as long as you like.

I’ve also tried melatonin and L tryptophan which helped. Melatonin helps you get off, L tryptophan is for if you wake in the night.

My sleep was worse than ever when pregnant and breastfeeding and although it’s still hideous, it improved when my hormones settled more. I’m always awake min 3 hours in the night every night 99% of the time for the last 14 years!

Good luck sorting it out. X

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Aww Hun sounds awful but good that u r sleeping a bit xxx get my bloods taken next week. Just out of interest have you taken sleeping pills before? X

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I did briefly many years ago but they didn’t work! Only thing that works for me is a spanish antihistamine called dormadina the spanish swear by it xx

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Don’t know if you can see my other reply, for some reason it’s posted it at the top of he thread x

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