A serious post for once. A response to the overwhelming tide of Google searches of people ending up here searching for information on how to kill themselves with Unisom and other over the counter sleep aids.
I giggled over Fantasia’s suicide attempt with aspirin and Unisom, which was pretty mean in retrospect. It’s not like she’s a Sparkle Cow. But my amusement was with my belief that anyone really serious about ending it all wouldn’t dare go with over the counter drugs. According to the Google searches and hit numbers I’ve been extremely ignorant and wrong. People do try to kill themselves with over the counter sleep aids.
Unisom can kill you, in pretty horrid ways. The main ingredient in most over the counter sleep aids is the same thing as Diphenhydramine or Benadryl, which while is an awesome way to get your allergies to stop making you crazy and with the bonus affect of making you sleep it can kill you. Not an instantanious death either, a lingering death by kidney failure usually. Overdose of OTC sleep meds can cause Rhabdomyolysis that trashes your muscles, your heart and kidneys.
Kidney failure is an agonizing way to die. You don’t just drift off on a druggy cloud, it’s painful and awful. I watched my husband Sven suffer from kidney failure from a kidney stone in his lone kidney back this spring and I wouldn’t wish the pain he went through even on the craziest Sparkle Cow or stalker. Morphine isn’t the greatest of helps then. Thankfully they reversed Sven’s kidney failure but he hadn’t tried to kill himself, it was a blockage killing the kidney. But with drug damage, like via Unisom, that’s not always possible to save the kidney or the affected muscles.
Look, I know life sucks sometimes and things are tough, sometimes ending it all seems like a reasonable solution but that too will pass. There’s nothing or no one worth killing yourself over in this world or the next. You’ll just leave a trail of heartbroken people, increasing the risk that they’ll do the same thing.
If you’re seriously thinking about killing yourself please tell someone, a friend, a medical professional, your pastor or rabbi. Just don’t do it! Life is infinitely worth living and the dark clouds don’t last forever. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not an oncoming train.
Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or contact Hopeline.
Please, please get help!