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Posted by: Anon | 2009/11/12

Sleeping tabs

Dear Doc

I have been taking Zolpi Hexal 10mg for 4 months now and have become ' addicted to them. I cannot sleep without them. I want to stop taking them. Can you give me an honest account of how bad it will be (how many nights of insomnia) I can expect before my sleep will become normal again.


Thank you

Anon

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Dear Anon
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.
Dr Bets

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Our users say:
Posted by: Dave | 2009/11/13

Hi anon,
Ihave been taking 2 rescue tabs before going to bed and they
work very well they are purely herbal and have no after effects
they are available at all pharmacies

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Posted by: cyberdoc | 2009/11/12

Dear Anon
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.
Dr Bets

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