Cough mixture

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when my GP wouldn't give me sleeping tablets a friend told me to try cough mixture followed by a glass of wine as it had a sedative effect. Has anyone else heard of this. Nylon or sominex don't work. The only way I can think it might help sleep is down to the antihistamine ingredient. To me it sounds like swapping one addiction for another

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    Alcohol helps you sleep initially but if you drink large amounts over a long period of time, it will stop you sleeping. It's not really an answer to sleep problems.
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    have you ever tried using valarian, i used large amounts of it when i was coming off tramadol- it helped-stick to the recomended dose though, otherwise you will feel really sluggish the next day- it's non addictive- and natural-
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      I take 300mg trazodone and 5mg NITRAZAPAM now, but sometimes even that doesn't work. I've learned to accept that no-one dies from insomnia. I am lucky that my kids are grown up and I can go back to bed or chill out doing nothing. I try to avoid sleeping during the day though and try to go to bed at the same time each night.
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      your right, insomnia wont kill you- i have been suffering from it for years- i just go to bed late get up early-  i rarely get more than 3 hours sleep- but thats ok it seems to suit my needs- i dont stress about it- the only time i got stressed about it was during WD,s from pain meds when i was awake for a couple days, that was when i was introduced to the valerian- i found it a great help - use whatever works for you- stressing about it wont help- wish you the best of luck -
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    I would not recommend mixing over-the-counter medicines and alcohol to aid sleep. Insomnia is a symptom of an underlying problem: for me it was drinking heavily and anxiety. But there are many other causes eg work stress, diet, depression and so forth.

    Have you tried herbal sleep remedies? Or learning relaxation technics to practice before bed? Perhaps look at your sleeping habits and see if you can change them to help you sleep better eg no stimulants a few hours before bed etc.

    If it continues in the long term and is affecting your health you must go back to your GP and seek their advice. Sleeping tablets should be a last resort but there may be other ways they can help you?

    Good luck

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    I've not done it, using cough mixture and alcohol. When my kids were young, I worked nights at my local hospital 8pm to 8am. I'd take them to school, go to uni as a mature student, collect kids from school, cook tea then back to work at 8pm. I worked 5 nights on and 2 off. Did this for 18 months, then started having a glass of wine which soon became 2, then 3 until I was drinking a bottle of wine most days. Got my degree and stopped drinking on my own and shared a couple of bottles over the weekend. I've suffered insomnia since I stopped working nights. GP eventually agreed NITRAZAPAM  was the lesser of 2 evils. I've been on Trazodone for the last 5 years to help with anxiety but not depression.

    have tried all sorts of natural remedies, none of which have helped. Acupuncture is my friend, it worked before, so hope it still does.

    to see a counsellor and get acupuncture, I have to go to the drop in centre for substance abuse. I've got an assessment tomorrow there. GP said to go to substance abuse would be far quicker (no waiting list) than referring me somewhere else for anxiety plus I can have acupuncture 3 times a week. If he referred me just for anxiety elsewhere which is my main problem, there's a six month waiting list.

    i asked my GP about valerian and he advised not to take it with prescribed meds. Same thing with St Johns Wort.

    Will report back as to how I got on. 

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      hi Vickylou, it sounds like you are getting some help, i am glad to hear that- i would stick with what your Doc tells you- i hope the acupuncture works out- i had it years ago for a back problem and it was great- good plan going under substance abuse, quicker you get sorted the better and get back on track- good luck with it Vickylou- stay strong- you aint alone - keep reaching out- we help each other - thats how we beat this disease - 
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      Thanks for the support. Was a bit dubious about going through substance abuse, but then thought so long as I get help quickly it doesn't matter
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      i understand where you are coming from- i used to worry about people knowing about my addiction, now i dont broadcast it but i wont let the fear of of being judged from stopping me doing what i have to do- most people are exteremly supportive - 
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