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Zimovane Withdrawal: Learn the Timeline, Symptoms, Detox

Struggling to get a good night’s sleep night after night can make the idea of taking a sleeping pill to seem like a good idea. But beware—sleeping pills can often make matters worse. The body quickly adapts to the dosage and more pills may be needed to get some rest. Then when you try to stop taking them, you may experience “rebound insomnia”—more difficulty falling asleep than you did before you started taking the pills. 

Zimovane (zopiclone) is a type of sedative known as a “z-drug” that is used to treat insomnia. Z-drugs were developed in the 1980s as an alternative to benzodiazepines (“benzos” such as Valium and Xanax). At the time, it was thought that this class of drugs—called hypnotics— would not have the same addiction potential or withdrawal symptoms as benzos. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Zimovane withdrawal can be uncomfortable and challenging.

What Are the Zimovane Withdrawal Symptoms?

Zimovane withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Stomach cramps or pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • More trouble sleeping (known as rebound insomnia)
  • Muscle cramps or pain
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Agitation
  • Profuse sweating
  • Tremors
  • Seizures

What Are the Stages in the Zimovane Withdrawal Timeline?

Early Zimovane withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of other Z-drugs and benzodiazepines.

Symptoms may include:

  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
  • Shakiness
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Panic attacks
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Heart palpitation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating 
  • Flushing
  • Feeling like you’re choking
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Seizures
  • Bowel and/or bladder problems
  • Changes in appetite
  • Poor concentration

Long-term symptoms of Zimovane withdrawal may take months or years to go away. These symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoid delusions
  • Rebound insomnia
  • Poor memory and mental ability
  • Muscle pain, twitching, and weakness
  • Seizures

Why Should I Detox?

Quitting drugs cold turkey may sound like a good idea, but it can be difficult, painful, and dangerous. In some cases, it can be dangerous and even deadly.

Given the difficult physical symptoms, withdrawing on your own without professional medical help can be very challenging. It’s important to find a professional, medically assisted detox program to support you during the process of Zimovane withdrawal.

Doing this will ensure that you are carefully monitored in a safe environment while your body goes through the difficult detoxification process. Participating in an addiction treatment program also gives you a better chance at lasting recovery as a result of the structured medical and emotional support you will receive.

What is the Next Treatment Step?

A full continuum of treatment ensures the best opportunity for a successful recovery. Following a full continuum of treatment means starting with the medical detox process and then progressing gradually from an inpatient status to outpatient treatment. You will then have the opportunity to participate in an alumni program after the formal treatment program is completed. The stages of addiction treatment include:

The primary goal is medical stabilization during the first stage of withdrawal treatment, which is known as detox. Expect the detox stage to last from a few days up to a week. When you arrive, your medical team—which will include doctors, nurses, and support staff— will complete your comprehensive medical assessment, which will help determine your level of addiction and additional medical needs you may have. The assessment includes a medical exam plus a urine screening for drugs.

Your medical team will monitor you 24/7 to help manage uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and prevent dangerous Zimovane withdrawal symptoms.

Many people also experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychological challenges during the detox period. Your treatment plan will also include comprehensive support to help you with these symptoms. A longer-term treatment plan will be put into place for you once you are medically stabilized.

If you and the treatment team determine that you need further medical treatment, you may continue the next stage of treatment on an inpatient basis, which might be because of co-occurring medical conditions or post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient treatment is intensive and includes 24/7 clinical monitoring. At this stage, you will start seeing a therapist regularly to help you process the emotional and psychological aspects of addiction and recovery.

Partial hospitalization (PHP) is in-between outpatient treatment and inpatient care. The goal of PHP is to stabilize your mental status and better prepare you for success once you return to independent living after you leave the treatment center. During this stage, you’ll live at a transitional living facility while undergoing a supportive and rigorous treatment program. This program will be five days a week for six hours each day. You will be able to participate in individual, group, and family therapy programs to help you address emotional and mental health needs.

Learning positive life skills, coping mechanisms, and techniques to help prevent relapse so that you will be prepared for long-term recovery will be the primary focus during PHP.

The next stage is the intensive outpatient program (IOP). An IOP allows you to live at home while also attending counseling and programs to help support your recovery. Depending on your treatment plan, you will participate in about nine or more hours of clinical therapy several times each week.

Intensive outpatient therapy will help you to continue learning new ways to manage cravings, stress, and other challenging issues that may arise once you live on your own again. After you complete the IOP stage, you will transition into the alumni program, which is also known as aftercare.


During the outpatient phase of treatment, you will receive less than nine hours of therapy each week. The focus will be on continuing to build relapse prevention strategies and other tools for successful stability as you regain your independence. This is the last part of the formal treatment program. After you complete this phase, you will transition into aftercare as part of the treatment program alumni.

You will have the opportunity to meet other treatment center alumni during weekly support groups and social events after you complete the formal treatment program. These aftercare opportunities spent with other alumni members can help you develop new friendships and build social support with others who understand the recovery process.

Being a part of this supportive network can help you grow while focusing on your recovery and adjusting to life after the treatment program. It can also be a safe space to share relapse prevention strategies, new experiences, and techniques for stress management. Most of all, it can be a way to enjoy time with new friends.

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

If you are looking for professional help to withdraw from Zimovane safely, contact the admissions specialists at Ocean Breeze Recovery today for free and confidential help. Our specialists are available 24/7. They can provide the guidance and support you need to get started with the treatment process and answer any questions you may have. After speaking with a specialist, you will know what to expect from our evidence-based services. You will feel prepared to make an informed decision about your plans for treatment.

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