Zopiclone – Help & Advice Call 0845 3881 543 / Mobiles call 07811 606 606 Welcome to The Addiction Helpline’s information page on Zopiclone. We have added this website about Zopiclone (sleeping pills) as Zopiclone is used by most drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres throughout the UK as part of the detox program. For the UK’s most affordable rehab centres in the UK, visit ADUS Healthcare. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Below are details on Zopiclone: Zopiclone Information Zopiclone is a drug which helps people sleep. It should be taken just before you go to bed. It is important to know that if you are still a bit sleeping the next day, you should not use tools, drive or operate any machinery. Prescribed medicines you should only taken as prescribed by your doctor, and not for any longer. Some examples of what Zopiclone tablets look like. So what is Zopiclone? Zopiclone is a sleeping tablet. (Hypnotic). It is used by adults who are suffering from insomnia. Zopiclone may be used for a short period of time to help adults with sleeping difficulties. It has the following effects: It increases the amount of time you stay asleep It helps you fall asleep much quicker. This is achieved by Zopiclone acting on the messages which are sent to the brain, which helps you sleep. Zopiclone is also called “Zimovane” or “Zimovane LS”. It is available in tablet form. Insomnia, which basically means poor sleep, is common among adults. It is where they may have difficulty in falling asleep, or they may be waking in the night or waking early in the morning. Zopiclone is only used for a short length of time, normally 2 to 4 weeks, as your body can become dependent on it. Also your body will get used to Zopiclone hence it is unlikely to have the same affects as when you first took it. Things that need to be aware before you take Zopiclone It is important that your doctor of pharmacist knows the following before you take Zopiclone. Do you have liver or kidney problems? Have you ever had an allergic reaction to Zopiclone or any other medicines? Do you have any mental health problems for example personality disorder? Are you pregnant or are you breast feeding? Do you have any breathing problems or sleep apnoea? Have you ever been dependent of alcohol or any drugs? Do you have severe muscle weakness, for example myasthenia gravis? Are you taking ANY other medicines, including herbal medicines, none prescription medicines, illegal drugs? Or any complementary medicines? How you should take Zopiclone. Zopiclone comes in a tablet form. Your body will get use to Zopiclone quickly, so on that basis Zopiclone is only recommended for a short-term use. It may be used for up to 4 weeks but often prescribed for much shorter periods. As with all medicines, read the manufacturers printed information leaflet supply with your medicine. This is normally inside the packet which your medicine comes in. Again as with all medicines, it should be taken exactly as your doctor or pharmacist told you. Zopiclone should be taken just before you go to bed. It is not a problem if you forget to take your Zopiclone one night, but DO NOT take a double dose the next night to make up for it, and also do not take a dose at any other time. How should you store Zopiclone? As with ALL medicines, keep out of reach, and out of sight of children. You should Store Zopiclone in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight, direct heat and light. Alcohol Zopiclone is a popular medicine among alcohol rehabilitation centres for helping clients sleep, who are in withdrawal. If you are taking Zopiclone, you should not be drinking alcohol as alcohol may cause you to do things you don’t remember, and also may cause sleep walking. Coming off Zopiclone Follow all the advice your doctor gives you when you are coming off Zopiclone. You may be advised to reduce the amount of Zopiclone you are taking when you first come off it. This is to stop your sleep problems returning. If you suffer any of the following symptoms once you have stopped taking Zopiclone you must consult your doctor: Restlessness Confusion Irritability Tension Anxiety Muscle pain Headaches Side-effects These side-effects can happen to less than 1 in 10 who takes Zopiclone. Here is a short list of side-effects and what you can do about them. Feeling sick or being sick – Avoid rich or spicy foods. Eat simple foods Drowsiness or dizziness – Do not drink alcohol. Do not drive or use machines or tools. Dry mouth or a bitter metallic aftertaste – Suck a sweet or chew sugar free gum. Headache – Take a suitable painkiller recommended by your doctor or pharmacist. If you sleepwalk or do other things in your sleep which you do not remember doing, or if you are experiencing any other side-effect which you believe are due to taking Zopiclone . Consult your doctor immediately. Once taking Zopiclone, if you purchase any other medicines from your pharmacist, do ask if they are safe to take with Zopiclone. Always speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are having any side-effects. Important This advice applies to ALL medicines. If you have any questions about any medicine you are taking, ask your doctor or pharmacist. If you have any out of date or unused medicines, take them to your pharmacist for disposal. Never keep out of date medicines under any circumstances. The medicine you have been prescribed or given is for you. Never give your medicine to anyone else, even if you feel they are showing the same symptoms as you. Get then to consult their doctor or pharmacist. The dosage you have been given has been administered for a reason. Never take more than the prescribed dose. If you feel someone has taken an overdose, Take them and the medicine container, (even if it is empty), and go straight to the accident and emergency department of your nearest hospital. If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person who is carrying out the treatment which medicines you are on. This website is an information site which is part of the Addiction Helpline.