Our expert says:
Zolpihexal is not supposed to cause dependency but I am sure it does cause rebound sleeplessness - I used it a while after a very traumatic experience and also battled to come off it. What I eventually did was to go to half a tablet for a week, then 1/3 of a tablet for a week and then I stopped - I battled to fall asleep for a day or 3 but after that I was fine! You can try taking an antihistamine like phenergan or a herbal relaxant like Biral the first evening that you try and sleep without the sleeping pill just to make you a bit drowsy.
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