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Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline

Freephone: 0808 808 2234
Or text DAN to: 81066


Zopiclone, Zaleplon, Zolpidem, Z-drugs, Zpc, Zimmers, Zimmies, Zim-Zims, Zimovane

What does Zopiclone look like?

Tablets, Capsules. The tablets come in two main doses: 7.5 mg and 3.75 mg

Zopiclone Tablets

Scientific Names

6-(5-chloropyridin-2-yl)-7-oxo-5H,6H,7H-pyrrolo[3,4-b]pyrazin-5-yl 4-methylpiperazine-1-carboxylate

Generic Name


Effects Of Zopiclone

Desired Effects:

Relaxation, euphoria, sleepiness and a feeling of being slowed down. Users may use these drugs to help comedown from other substances like Stimulants.


Breathing & heart rate slow down, depressed respiratory function, high potential for abuse, Dependence and Tolerance. Depressed mental activity and alertness, memory loss, loss of co-ordination, amnesia, paranoid behaviour and aggression. They can leave a metallic taste in the mouth.



Overdose - this risk is increased if used with Alcohol, Opiates or other Sedative / Depressant substances, risk of Coma and death. Zopiclone may interact with a number of other medicines.


Dependence, risk of Coma and death. Research has shown that, even at prescribed doses, prolonged use of zopiclone may cause cancer that may affect the brain, lung, bowel, breast and bladder. Zopiclone can also have an adverse effect on the immune system increasing the risk of infections and colds, and is not recommended for people with liver or kidney disease, or women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Reducing Harm

Please view our Reducing Harm page for more information.

How does Zopiclone work?

These drugs are non-benzodiazepine Hypnotics / Sedatives from the Cyclopyrrolone family of drugs.

Legal status of Zopiclone

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Ketamine Etc.) (Amendment) Order 2014 inserts zopiclone and zaleplon as Class C drugs. They are Prescription Only Medicines.

How Is Zopiclone Taken?

Tablets and Capsules are swallowed.

Some users may cRush the tablets to inject but this is rare due to this method being very messy and dangerous. These medicines do not dissolve and if attempted to be injected is likely to cause damage to the veins, resulting in abscesses, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), aneurysm, ulcers and varicose veins.


If injected, Needle, Syringe etc...

Medical uses of Zopiclone

They are prescribed for the short-term management of severe Insomnia, they have a Sedative effect and are should be used to induce sleep for a short period of time.

Where does it come from?

They are derived from the Cyclopyrrolone family of drugs. This is a pharmaceutical drug which is sometimes diverted from manufacturers, pharmacies or GPs prescriptions.

Helping services

Most areas of the UK have 'street agencies' or projects (sometimes called community drug services or community drug teams) which offer a range of services including information and advice, counselling, needle exchanges and sometimes support groups and complementary therapies such as acupuncture. Some agencies offer specialist services such as counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, acupuncture and other alternative therapies and prescribing of anti-depressants, and also possible referral to residential rehabilitation. Some services have extended working hours and may offer weekend support. GPs and possibly the local hospital A&E department can make referrals to specialist drug services as well as general medical services, information and advice often in partnership with a drug agency or Drug Dependency Unit.

Parents & other relatives

Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc...

If you would like to talk about Zopiclone problems then please call the DAN 24/7 Helpline on:

0808 808 2234