Zopiclone online is a prescription-only sleeping pill that can become addictive if taken for more than a few weeks, experts from a London hospital have warned. The medication, which is one of the so-called Z drugs and a class C drug in the UK, is easy to buy online without a prescription, say doctors at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust. They cite the case of a 76-year-old woman who had consumed up to 9 tablets of 7.5 mg zopiclone daily for insomnia and developed tolerance. She was suffering from symptoms of withdrawal including agitation, tremors and difficulty speaking when she abruptly stopped the medication.
Zopiclone addiction and its withdrawal symptoms
Zopiclone works by affecting a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), helping you to fall asleep and stay asleep, and by reducing the activity of certain nerve cells that might cause you to wake up. It is typically prescribed as a tablet of 7.5 mg and is also available in a liquid form for those who find it difficult to swallow pills. It takes around an hour to take effect. It should be taken just before bed time and should not be used with alcohol or other sedatives.
GPs usually only prescribe it for short periods and no more than four weeks because they are concerned about addiction. They will advise you to try other ways to improve your sleep, such as avoiding caffeine, which counteracts its effects. Suddenly stopping zopiclone can cause withdrawal, such as rebound insomnia (the very insomnia you were trying to treat with the medicine). Withdrawal from zopiclone and other sleeping pills can also be accompanied by anxiety, a racing mind and restlessness.