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Good news with pdoc re: zopiclone

Posted by Quintal on May 22, 2008, at 8:48:21

I just got back from my appointment with Dr. B at the psychiatric hospital. He was very nice and doesn't see what the big problem is with zopiclone. He gave me another 28 tablets to avoid friction with my GP, who Dr. W appointed as prescriber. He said he couldn't take me on as a patient right now, but he would supply me with zopiclone until I can find another doctor who will. If I can't find another doctor to prescribe it he said he may take me on himself. Fingers crossed.

All the other consultants and GPs in the area are fiercely anti-benzo and Dr. B says he is aware of this. While acknowledging that there is a problem with addiction and dependence, in his opinion the 'pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction' in Britain. So long as I'm not abusing them, or have an alcohol habit, he's happy to prescribe them. Such a relief to hear such down-to-earth common sense. I can hardly believe it - I've never had a doctor actually give me a benzo willingly like that for years.

On a more poignant note, as we entered the foyer I saw a woman staring blank-eyed and hopeless out of the window. She had the glassy-eyed somnolence of someone doped up on Zyprexa. Sort of brought back bad memories [shudder]. And as we were leaving, a man was shuffling out of a police van, handcuffed and bewildered, and shivering with fear. I felt a stab of pain in my chest. It was horrible.





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