Zimovane is the brand name of zopiclone, a prescription drug used in the treatment of insomnia. It is a U.S. federally controlled Schedule IV drug, meaning it is only legal when a doctor authorizes use with a prescription. It belongs in a broad category of drugs known as central nervous system (CNS) depressants.
Depressants slow down the nervous system and increase the capability of the neurotransmitter called gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA). This naturally occurring chemical binds to receptors in the brain that are responsible for controlling excitability in the nervous system, which produces feelings of relaxation, reduction in anxiety, and promotes sleep., Zimovane, commonly called a Z-drug, binds selectively to the sleep-inducing sites on specific GABA receptors.
These drugs work like benzodiazepines but are different in chemical structure. They were created with the aim of having lower addiction potential. However, some studies have disputed those reports. Zimovane can be abused for its intoxicating effects, which are similar to the euphoria that alcohol produces. In some cases, the medicine can cause dependence, which can lead to addiction, even when it’s used as followed by prescription.
What Are The Signs Of Zimovane Addiction?
The first sign of Zimovane addiction is a growing tolerance, which can make you feel like the initial dosage prescribed is not working. Tolerance often feels like your regular dose gets weaker every time you take Zimovane. It becomes less effective because your body has adjusted to its effects. As it binds to the GABA receptors, the brain produces chemicals to balance its chemistry. To achieve the same effect, you would need a higher dose.
Dependence is what follows tolerance. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines dependence as when the body adapts to the drug, requiring more of it to achieve “an effect (tolerance) and eliciting drug-specific physical or mental symptoms if drug use is abruptly ceased (withdrawal).”
Withdrawal symptoms are the clearest indicator that you’ve become dependent on a drug. These are usually felt when you stop using Zimovane or skip a dose.
- Muscle or joint pain
Addiction can follow drug dependence. Addiction is the continued use of a drug despite the consequences. If Zimovane use led to the loss of your job or an arrest, but you continued to use, this can indicate you’ve become addicted to the drug.
What Is Involved In Zimovane Addiction Treatment?
Addiction is a chronic disease that does not have a cure, but it is very treatable with evidence-based therapies. Addiction treatment follows a series of treatments that begin with the most intensive part of care. This is considered the continuum of care, and the first stage is medical detoxification.
Detox is the highest level of care and allows the client to access medical staff 24 hours a day for up to seven days. Detox center staff helps wean the client off the drug safely and monitors any symptoms during the stay. Once the patient is stable, they are ready for the next level of care, which occurs at Desert View Recovery.
A customized treatment plan will be created with your input that is based on your needs. Effective treatment involves evidence-based therapies that address the root of your addiction. These will help you understand why you began abusing Zimovane and help you learn coping mechanisms to manage when your triggers occur after treatment.