My husband has recently had some pretty disturbed nights with sweats and working himself up into some kind of panic (to the point that I had to take him to A&E in the early hours of Monday morning as he won't listen to me, only gets worked up even more trying to convince me that there's something seriously wrong - but he'll take anything a doctor tells him as gospel, so now I won't even try, just find a doctor...). They did the usual tests and couldn't find anything physically wrong with him, so sent us home again. Back home at 4am, panic dispelled, he went straight to bed and to sleep, and I needed a bit of time to calm down with a bit of music and a cigarette. Thinking that we might both have a bit of a lie-in in the morning, I texted a colleague to say I'd be late in to work. But my husband woke me up at the usual time...
Today he had an appointment with his GP. We told him all about these incidents and he prescribed some “Zimovane” (Zopiclone – a drug in the hypnotics category). After reading up on this drug , I’m a bit concerned. I realise that the potential side effects always sound much worse than the effect they have on most people, but does anyone have experience with this type of drug with a dementia sufferer?
Any advice welcome.