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Sarah, The Bringer of Tea - Drugs and Divorce
22nd December, 2008
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Drugs and Divorce

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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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