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Re: Zyprexa vs. Zopiclone for Insomnia Justherself54

Posted by Quintal on February 29, 2008, at 16:17:31

In reply to Re: Zyprexa vs. Zopiclone for Insomnia, posted by Justherself54 on February 29, 2008, at 7:44:22

>I know I'm dependent on zopiclone for sleep but I don't take it for anything else, and my pdoc knows what will happen if I don't sleep..I'll start he is very liberal with medication that gets me to sleep and keeps me there..

My previous pdoc was of a similar mould (actually he worked in Canada before he came to the UK). He would give me zolpidem and zopiclone quite freely because he didn't want any of his bipolar patients going too long without sleep. This one is completely different. He would rather see me end up back in hospital than take a regular sleep aid. I don't think he really appreciates what it's like to suffer. For him it's all about complying with official protocol rather than using whatever is actually helpful. The cuurent guidelines recommend Zyprexa for bipolar disorder and discourage the use of benzos, so he follows it like a little puppy dog no matter what havoc it wreaks on his patient's lives. It annoys me no end.

I just had a visit from a member of the outreach team and she was very pessemisitic about their own consultant giving me zopiclone "at the end of the day, although he's a nice person he's still a doctor". Therefore incapable of common sense and humanity then?! This was our last hope. My social worker was thinking of putting in a complaint as the next step, but I can't see it having much effect to be honest. In the end I'll probably have to start buying the medication I need off the internet again, and I don't want to do that at all, but needs must. Thanks for the support.





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