Zopiclone is a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic agent used in the treatment of insomnia.
Zopiclone comes as tablets. It also comes as a liquid for people who find it hard to swallow tablets, but this has to be ordered specially by your doctor.
This medicine is only available on prescription.
Zopiclone takes around 1 hour to work.
Zopiclone is usually prescribed for just 2 to 4 weeks. This is because your body gets used to it quickly and after this time it’s unlikely to have the same effect. Your body can also become dependent on it.
Common side effects are a metallic taste in your mouth, a dry mouth, and daytime sleepiness.
I was prescribed this medication to help with insomnia, a knock on effect of my PTSD. At first it worked fairly well, giving me about 6 hours sleep. The side effects of taking zopiclone though included memory loss, a very bitter taste after taking the tabet, and stomach / digestion issues. They also gave me a headache. I soon had to double the dose I was taking (3.75mg to 7.5mg) as the 3.75mg dose had stopped working. After about 9 months the 7.5mg dose stopped working too. Be careful things get strange fast on this stuff, and definitely avoid alcohol (best to switch your phone off too, you may well wake up in the morning and see texts that you’ve sent yet can’t remember sending them).
There were no significant withdrawal symptoms other than once they stopped working my insomnia became worse. This is when I switched to Temezepam.