Zopiclone’s brand name Zimovane, is a short-term prescription drug used to tackle sleeping disorders. This drug is only acquired through prescriptions and is illegal to obtain it any other way (Schedule IV). 

This central nervous system depressant functions by relaxing the nervous system and pumping up the efficiency of the GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acid which controls the excitability in the nervous system. Through this activation of the GABA, a person will feel relaxed and block out any disturbances and anxiety. 

This drug is prescribed for limited use. However, if the person is not careful in managing dosages, they may become dependent on and tolerant of the drug. Many patients just increase the dosage without considering the health risks that will come with it. 

What are the Withdrawal Symptoms?

It is safe to say that dependence and withdrawal symptoms with Zimovane are not all that common compared to other sleeping aids. However, when they do occur, professional treatment can alleviate the withdrawal process. 

Like most drugs that tackle insomnia, common withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Rebound insomnia
  • Strong drug cravings (about 7 hours after the last dose)
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pains
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Agitation

The body begins to question why it hasn’t received any more of the drug, hence withdrawal symptoms. Many patients feel an intense need to take the drug and find themselves coming back to it. Because this is a prescribed medication, many patients will switch to over-the-counter medicines. Seeking new non-prescription drugs to combat the withdrawal process can make the experience much worse.

What are the Stages in the Zimovane Withdrawal Timeline?

If a user has been taking Zimovane (Zopiclone) less than one month (four weeks), it is uncommon to have withdrawal or rebound symptoms. However, because everybody is different and every situation is not uniform to all, there are some people that do have these issues.  

The First 24 Hours

During this period, the patient will begin to feel the effects of quitting cold turkey. For obvious reasons, this is not recommended. Abandoning the drug after a period of addiction can cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms in the body. The appropriate thing to do is to continue normal doses and seek professional treatment ASAP. 

During the first day of withdrawal, in the span of six to eight hours after the last dosage, the patient will feel the need to take the medication again. 

The First Week

Alongside the urge, there are a string of side-effects such as feeling estranged from themselves, having recurring nightmares, fast heartbeat and shaking. In extreme cases where the user has a serious withdrawal phase, they may feel numbness and become sensitive to their surroundings. 

After 2 Weeks

After this period, most side-effects and symptoms should have disappeared by now and the user should find themselves feeling a bit better. However, most people will find they will return to familiar feelings such as sleeplessness, anxiety, feeling restless during the day and mood swings. 

It is never safe to assume that quitting a specific drug cold turkey will resolve dependence and restore balance in life. The drug formed a bond with the body, and getting rid of it is not as simple.

People may feel sick, dizzy and agitated if they stop the process. This usually concerns people who have been taking the drug for over four weeks but, certain bodies become so used to Zopiclone during the “safe period” that after it ends can exhibit these symptoms. 

What to Do in this Case?

Frequently, people lack the proper information when it comes to steering away from pharmaceutical drugs. In most cases, they believe rehabilitation or medical treatments are only for those who consume illegal substances such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. But this is far from the truth. All chemical compounds will affect the body and mind, prescription drugs also. 

For those who are struggling with addiction to zopiclone or other sleeping aids, the proper way of eradicating any toxins or easing through the withdrawal phase is through a supervised detox program. The detoxification process is the initial and most urgent recovery phase anyone should take. 

Why Detox?

When someone stops taking prescription drugs suddenly, it is called “going cold turkey.”

Ceasing drug intake in the body will result in negative side effects. Neuroreceptors adopt the chemical stimulants in the drug to which they have responded. When you eliminate it completely, the brain begins begging to acquire more of it, hence the strong symptoms the body manifests. 

A safe method of transitioning from dependant to clean is through professional detox. This process or treatment helps patients go through the withdrawal symptoms in the best way possible. They are given a variety of chemical components administered by a professional staff of doctors and healthcare pros. These treatments are aimed to target specific parts of the body that will relieve it from discomfort. 

The importance of medical detox is that they will never be the same for two people. Each treatment is custom made for that specific person. The process in itself is never a walk in the park, but it is far better than facing it alone, without any treatment.

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In summary of detox, riding the body of drug toxins is crucial to getting clean. It is the safest and most important part of the recovery process. 

What is the Next Treatment Step?

As mentioned previously, every case is different. Some people may be suffering most of the withdrawal symptoms in this article while others may be facing less. Health professionals will advise the patient on what to do next.

There are different forms of treatment for patients such as the relapse prevention treatment, which helps ex-addicts avoid relapse, months or even years after they have quit. This program helps the user find a prevention plan that will decrease their chances of becoming addicted again.

Other treatments such as addiction therapy and dual diagnosis are methods in which a medical staff treats the root cause of most substance abuse cases. Many times people are prone to addiction because of a psychological cause, and in these cases, that problem must be resolved in order to prevent future addictions. 

Residential and outpatient treatments are also quite effective for patients. Sometimes it is more convenient to reside (for a short period) in the facility while being medically supervised. Others seek outpatient programs with regular check-ins that move the treatment forward.

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