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Question Dristan, Sudafed, and Nyquil?! - April 6th 2010, 03:00 AM

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Alright so, within the past week or so I have been sick, and I have been taking Sudafed, Nyquil, and Dristan to get better. I found that when I was on them though, I couldn't feel anxiety or anything at all. And, I have an anxiety disorder, so this is very weird and not normal for me. So, I looked up the medicinal ingrediants in each of the medicines, and found that Dristan can also be used as an anti depressant in some cases, Nyquil and Sudafed contains DXM which is a drug that can be used recreationally to seperate yourself from reality.

The thing is, my parents don't want me on any medication for my anxiety, but they don't know that any of these medicines contain these ingredients, and that they make me feel no anxiety at all. The last time I felt relief from anxiety was from my prescribed Xanax, but they took me off that.
So, I was wondering, is it wrong if I continue using these medicines to get relief from my anxiety? They really help, and I am sick of feeling anxious and they aren't as harmful as Xanax.

Also, does anyone know anything about these drugs? Or can someone explain them to me?


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Re: Dristan, Sudafed, and Nyquil?! - April 6th 2010, 03:23 AM

It's very dangerous to mix medicines like you're mixing. It can damage your liver because Sudafed and Nyquil have some similar ingredients and it's just not safe to take medications on a daily basis when they're not intended to be taken as such. While right now the medicine makes you feel like you don't have anxiety, there is a high likelihood that if you continue taking all these medications on a daily basis you could have some severe psychological problems. Withdrawn from these drugs would also be absolutely awful to go through if you take them so much. For your own sake, please talk to your doctor. There are better, safer, and much healthier ways of dealing with anxiety.

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Re: Dristan, Sudafed, and Nyquil?! - April 6th 2010, 04:57 AM

Sudafed: if your on Sudafed PE its active ingredient is Phenylepherine and it is a mild vasoconstriction agent which reduces mucous formation.
If its plain sudafed with pseudoephedrine as the active ingredient, it acts similar to PE as a vasoconstricter but can also cause ramped up heart rate and blood pressure, decreased appetite, and in severe cases sweating and shortness of breath.

Nyquil: This has many blends, but i believe you probably have the tri-blend of acetaminophen, guafinesin, and dextromethorphan. Acetaminophen is tylenol and reduces pain, yet in overdose or long term use can cause extensive liver damage. Guafenesin is a expectorant aka drying agent that dries mucous and thins it out, no major side effects other than drying of mucous membranes by continued use. Dextromethorphan is a dangerous agent, it is a structural isomer to codeine, though not nearly as affective. Its true use is a cough supressant, but in large quantities is psychoactive and cause wide-spread damage to internal organs. Highly advise to not abuse this.

Dristan has acetaminophen, phenylephrine, and chlorpheniramine maleate. two of those have been covered, but Chlor. maleate is a antihistamine which can reduce allergic swelling, reduce allergies, and help with runny nose.

Out of all of those, the DXM is probably the drug causing the reduced nerves, but it is highly unwise to use it for such as the doses required to maintain such an effect will no doubt result in severe side-effects.

Please seek your doctors advise, as there are numerous non-controlled drugs that can aid in anxiety and your parents need to be educated on such because they are lowering your satisfaction with life.
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