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Here are just a few of the many Zolpidem withdrawal success stories from people who have used Point of Return's Zolpidem withdrawal program to taper off Zolpidem.
I’ve always been a light sleeper, but looking back now I can trace my sleep problems directly to when I stopped taking the contraceptive pill. I had never done well on the contraceptive pill (I think I tried about 8 different kinds because of the side-effects that I experienced on the PILL) and once my husband and I made the difficult decision not to have kids (I have Friedreich’s Ataxia), I had my tubes tied and quit the contraceptive pill.
After a few months of insomnia and other hormonal issues, I heard about the Integrative Medical Centre (which is affiliated with one of South Africa’s leading nutraceutical companies - SOLAL) and made an appointment with one of their doctors. My desire was to explore bio-identical hormonal treatment as an option to deal with my insomnia and hormonal issues. I really wanted to do things naturally. The doctor prescribed GABAtropin (amongst other vitamins etc.) and my insomnia vanished. The only write-up that came with the bottle said: “A superior form of GABA – cycle 2 weeks on, 1 week off, to maintain effectiveness.” That’s it. I’d researched GABA and thought it was safe because it is an amino-acid and I trusted SOLAL, so I religiously took it for four years without qualms. Roughly two years ago my prescription ran out and I phoned the pharmacy at SOLAL to order more – just to discover that they’d discontinued it. No worries, I thought ... I went to the health shop and bought another brand of GABA. This didn’t seem to help at all though, and after not sleeping for more than 2-3 hours a night for a week, I suddenly stopped sleeping entirely. I was absolutely beside myself at this point and I made an appointment with my GP. I am extremely sensitive to medication and, therefore, very reluctant to take anything, but my GP frightened me by telling me that I could die without sleep. She wanted to put me onto small doses of Lexamil (in the morning) and Alprazolam (at night) to help me sleep. “They’re perfectly harmless,” she assured me, “I give it to all my patients who are senior citizens (i.e. sensitive like me) and they do just fine!” I was petrified of taking those drugs, but even more petrified of dying so I agreed to take them. I started sleeping again, but over the next few days other strange symptoms started appearing - nausea, an upset stomach, blurred vision, extreme anxiety, oversensitivity to light and sound, and extreme day-time fatigue. Once again, I was not coping.
I started researching benzodiazepines, antidepressants and the elusive GABAtropin, only to discover, to my horror, that GABAtropin was NOT an amino-acid but actually a benzo-type drug called Phenibut originally manufactured in Russia! My abrupt onset of insomnia suddenly made sense and I contacted SOLAL's pharmacy immediately – informing them about what had happened to me and asking them to explain themselves. They eventually replied via email saying:
“We do NOT advise GABAtropin (Phenibut) for long term use as a tolerance can build up making the risk of rebound very high when stopping. This may make symptoms worse over the long term. For this reason it is VERY important to cycle GABAtropin. The recommended way of cycling is 2 weeks on, 1 week off. Do NOT exceed the recommended label dosages unless on the advice of your healthcare provider. Please note the difference between GABAtropin (Phenibut) and GABA. GABAtropin readily crosses the blood brain barrier and enters the brain where it has anti-anxiety and calming effects. GABA however, very poorly crosses the blood brain barrier, and very little enters the brain. GABA is mostly destroyed by enzymes in the blood stream long before it is able to enter the brain.”
... yet they happily gave it to me for FOUR YEARS years and no-one had ever breathed a word about the dangers to me. And now, thanks to their highly unethical behaviour and lack of transparency, I was completely unable to sleep without chemical assistance and was taking yet another benzo and an antidepressant WITH A WHOLE NEW SET OF SIDE-EFFECTS! I remember feeling so angry and so utterly helpless. Where to now?
About two weekends later my husband brought me home early from church because I couldn’t handle being surrounded by people and was having panic attacks. With tears running down my cheeks and a prayer of desperation in my heart, I turned to the Internet for help and God led me to Point Of Return (POR). Alesandra answered my email within an hour and for the first time in weeks, I felt hopeful again ... I could get my life back without having to resort to taking drugs indefinitely!
I tapered successfully off of Lexamil and Zolpidem (switching from Alprazolam to Zolpidem at night for my taper) and today I am entirely drug-free and I fall asleep every night! Not only that, but I have discovered that my body absolutely loves SUPPORT and it has helped with my FA-symptoms too! I am incredibly grateful to God for leading me to POR two years ago, for Alesandra and Andrea and Terry who tirelessly give of themselves to people like me – people who feel hopeless and helpless and stuck – and for the incredible support and encouragement from all of my fellow “PORRIERS” on the Forum. I couldn’t have done it without any of you!
Bianca (South Africa) - Zolpidem Withdrawal Success Story
POINT OF RETURN's products have revolutionized my health, which had been compromised for years due in part to the use of prescription sleep aids. After several months of using the POINT OF RETURN program I have never felt better, and I am sleeping without the use of medication for the first time in years. Not only have I experienced great success with these products, I have recommended them to many who have had the same results. I highly recommend the entire line!!
Pastor Stephen, Illinois – Ambien (Zolpidem) Withdrawal Success Story
Hi Alesandra. Although it has been many months, I hold you close to my heart and am forever grateful to you all for helping me on my road to recovery and renewed health! I LOVE THE NEW PODCAST SERIES!! It’s GREAT to see you in person (almost). You are incredibly beautiful inside and out. God Bless and keep on spreading your healing. Love to the gang - with many thanks!!
PS I’m off everything for many months now and doing well! Still have some sleeping issues but am working on it with strong exercise, meditation, good nutrition, vitamins, herbs and have come a long way….but more to go. I am proud of my accomplishment, completely and entirely due to you, your team and your Point of Return Program. Especially so when Medical doctors told me I would never be able to Get off Ambien Zolpidem! I am thrilled that I proved them wrong!!
Dene H. (New York) - Zolpidem Withdrawal Success Story