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Sarah, The Bringer of Tea - Drugs and Divorce
22nd December, 2008
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From:auntysarah
Date:23rd December, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
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Yes, I'm a bit fond of valium ;0)

I do often wonder what the point of technological society is if not to be able to produce things like Valium.

So much better for one than using alcohol to produce the same effect too.
From:maia_of_amenti
Date:23rd December, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
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I get Valium (Diazepam) 2mg about every 6 months, I don't really understand it's addiction potential beyond physical addiction by prolonged therapeutic use, but then I guess it varies depending on how our brains are wired. I can't say I am even fond of it.

My GP seems concerned every time I ask, even though its a rarity, I wonder if guidelines want it to be phased out entirely, despite it being the most effective low cost cure for periodic anxiety.
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From:auntysarah
Date:23rd December, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
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All benzodiazdepines are habit forming, which to my mind is entirely unsurprising due to the whole, "Mmmmmm, this feels niiiiiiice, I go sleepy-bies now!" thing they have going on. The very first time I had Valium (again 2mg) in the Sussex Nuffield, the effect was profound and lovely, but I did really need it at the time. I'm a bit more used to it now and don't get that "hit" from it any more, but it does work brilliantly for just making things go away. I guess if one if in a situation where one might need such relief on a regular basis, one is at risk of becoming dependent on them, which is doubly bad because not only does one now have a drug habit, they also don't work as well when taken continuously.

I've had benzoodiazapine prescriptions a few times now, and a rule of thumb I stick to is to never take them on 2 consecutive days, and to try to limit it to less than 1 in 3. When I was on temazepam during my pre-operative menopause, I didn't always manage to stick to that - sleep was impossible without being drug induced, and I really really needed the tranquilising effect at that time.

Other than that, I seem to be lucky in having a physiology which is apparently resistant to addiction. I've never craved benzos, even though I know how nice they can be, nor anything else. There have probably been times in my life when I've been addicted to caffeine though.
From:suzie_starbulbs
Date:23rd December, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
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don't tell the doc you drink or they'll replace it was nasty Amitriptyline.

Nitrazipam is my best friend, combined with a joint and who needs the world?
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From:auntysarah
Date:23rd December, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
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don't tell the doc you drink

I think she already knows. She's generally very accommodating - one previous conversation with her went something like:

"Oh, before I go, can I be cheeky and ask for a co-dydramol prescription?"

"Have you had them before?"

"yes"

"OK then, here you go"
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From:the_local_echo
Date:23rd December, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Amitriptyline wouldn't be any good as a replacement. Sarah needs something with muscle-relaxant properties to stop the recurrent coughing fits.

Alcohol is also a good muscle relaxant, but it's hard to get it given to you as a medicine on the NHS... And it leads to hangovers :-(
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From:auntysarah
Date:23rd December, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
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Alcohol is also a good muscle relaxant, but it's hard to get it given to you as a medicine on the NHS...

As you and I both know, it's actually quite easy to get the NHS to give you alcohol. The only problem is that they'd likely section you immediately afterwards...
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From:phonemonkey
Date:23rd December, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Oh bums, it's meant to be either/or then?
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From:auntysarah
Date:23rd December, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Such an easy mistake to make. I've made it, oh, several times myself.
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From:the_local_echo
Date:23rd December, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
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I think it's OK as long as you restrict yourself to drinking less than your doctor does.
If your doctor is teetotal, I guess that means you have to change your doctor.
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