Citalopram, Zopiclone and alcohol

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After a bad time at work, got sent home this morning, ended up in a hell of a state, smashed stuff up, banged my head. Called my GP who tried to calm me down, advised to keep busy and if i am unable to go to work tomorrow to ring her again. I went to aqua aerobics this evening but still feel slightly agitated. Had a large vodka then thought I could take a 7.5 zopiclone to help me sleep as I take ages getting to sleep then keep waking up dreaming. Do you think its safe to take this with 20mg citalopram and vodka. thanks

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    No don't drink with them, I asked about this and got told no. It will get better, I've only been on them for four days and felt awful today but I've been told to stick with them, I will till Monday and then see, please don't give up x 
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    Hi Tina

    Sorry for the late reply, only just logged on.  Sorry to hear you've had a bad day. I've had days like that - I remember mine (sobbing in the works toilets)...... It's really 

    No I'd advise not to take the medication if you've had a drink, just to be on the safe side.  I do hope you can get to sleep on though - are you working tomorrow?  Perhaps a good rest at home, a walk or something?

    Thinking of you Tina x

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      Hi Katecogs

      I've got to go to work tomorrow as I've been off too long and will lose pay which i cannot afford as I'm now on my own. I'm just so wound up still, I've tried relaxing, breathing but cannot concentrate for long enough. I'll just go to bed and read my book until I fall asleep I suppose. 

      Thanks x

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      Reading in bed is nice :-)  It is hard to relax when you're wound up.  Have you ever thought of joining a yoga class?  It's very good for exercise, relaxing and socialising a bit too.

      Take care, and night night - I hope tomorrow goes smoother for you.  

      K xx

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      yoga has never really appealed to me and the classes are during the day so I am unable to go anyway. I'll go and snuggle up with my book and electric blanket.

      Night x

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    Hi Tina,

    I hope you managed to sleep and get some zzzz's it really does help.  I so feel for you my present husband is my soul mate and we have been through so much together.

    I just really want to reassure you how you are feeling at the mo is so normal, after such a traumatic time.

    When we look after someone leading up to death in an intense way we lose our own identity and therefore upon their death have to go through lots of emotions and feelings, but most importantly have to rediscover ourself.  The brain craves safety and routine and therefore yours is just all over the shop.

    Has the grief cycle been explained to you.  I know it doesn't solve any thing but it does help you understand what you are going through, is what everbody else before you has gone through and is normal.  This will also help you through the bad times to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Also what a lot of people don't do is cut themselves some slack.  You can do this by examining where you have come from and no matter how little the progress you have made, you have made some.

    1) Shock / Denial - numbness.  2) Anger - feeling injustice and rage.  3)  Bargaining - Thinking if only - dealing with guilt, regrets of the past and fear of the future. 4) Depression - feeling hopeless, helpless, isolated.  5)  Acceptance - Embracing reality, forgiving and moving forward, forming new friendships.

    The others you can feel different ones on different days, but no 5 takes some people longer than others and again this is normal.

    Wanting to join your husband again is such a normal thought and the thought patterns that come with it.  Feelings and emotions are just that - we don't have to act them out but unfortunately until we move towards our pain and embrace it, however horrible, we will just keep having the same emotions and feelings - but time is a good healer - believe you me I have been there and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    Unfortunately alcohol is a short term anesthetic.  However sleep is really important.  One thing I was taught is that little is more instead of taking 7.5 mg zopiclone try 2.5 mg.  This is because once you wake up and get going your brain will have withdrawal symptoms and that in itself will make you agitated whereas 2.5 mg you won't get this.  I know you are in a double bind here - it is about trying to get a balance. 

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    I lost my beloved pet last year - we had been through so much together and she got me through a really bad time.  I just picture her now and at the time I had her put down chasing rabbits in heaven, happy and not in pain.

    I hope this goes some way to be of help.

    Big hugs Mel Xx


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