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I was on ativan for 5 years, switch to zopiclone for 2

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I was on ativan for 5 years, switch to zopiclone for 2 years, have not slept for the pass year more then 4 t0 5 hours a night , now weaning off the zopiclone from 7.5mg to 3.7mg. Very scary feeling going on in my head, feel like a zombie, cannot concentrate on conversation going on at a gatherings, mild pressure on forehead, feel disconnected, my vision is getting very bad, I want to know if this as to do with withdraw symptoms, is this normal to feel this way when weaning off these pills after so long. I need to know because I think there is something more serious happening in my head. I need to know what I should do.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  dr abid replied 1 year ago.

Hi there ...

Thank you for the question ...

As you are on Zopiclone since long and reducing drug to half of the dose will suddenly give symptoms like you have .

This is called Abstinence syndrome or withdrawal syndrome .

It would be ideal that when someone is weaning from such drugs he/she should put on short acting BENZODIAZEPINES like Alprazolam / Bromazepam to overcome effects .

I will suggest you to once visit your dr and get proper advise regarding how to wean it .

Regards ***** ***** luck .

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Thanks .

Expert:  dr abid replied 1 year ago.

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