Unisom Suicide

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!

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8 Comments on “Unisom Suicide”

  1. nonna-muss Says:

    Great post FDC. Luckily I’ve not known anyone to take this route. I can’t imagine the devastation it leaves behind.

    • freedavidcook Says:

      I’ve had three former friends do that. The fallout for the family is terrible. There are wonderful therapists and drug therapy out there now to help with depression and suicidal thoughts. I’ve been quite shocked and frightened by the number of hits that come here looking for advice on suicide with OTC drugs.

  2. mb Says:

    Like that poor kid who killed himself this weekend when two of his supposed “friends” secretly video taped him in his dorm room with another guy then put in on the internet for the world to see. It broke my heart to think how this poor boy must have felt. I’m sure he was never “out” and he probably figured that when his parents and everyone found out he’d never be able to live with them knowing. Are the cows screaming homophobia over this? I bet not. It doesn’t involve their glitter lord, so it’s not the important kind of homophobia.

    Suicide is NEVER the way out, never. Nothing is worth taking your life over. It’s the people left behind who have to live with the lifetime of emptiness and hurt of it all.

    • nonna-muss Says:

      This is a sad story. I read about that too. I also wondered if the herd even gave a crap since it had nothing to do with their Glam Gawd. So very sad, it shows how superficial their activism is.


  3. […] is seriously contemplating ending their life for any reason. I’ve written about a suicide a few times here now and what I said then holds true for this. I’m going to quote what I said then, it is what […]

  4. raych Says:

    Unfortunately, i have been one of those people looking for the “easy way out”.
    Unlike others though,researching this actually motivates me to not even try it….EVER!
    Life isnt beautiful always.its difficult,a bit dramatic,hecti,etc
    But there always has to be SOMETHING meaningful in one’s lifeand we should all get strength there.
    Pills may not even kill you!they just harm you.
    And i hope many others come across websites like this one that OPPOSE suicide.instead of trying to teach people HOW to commit suicide.
    Thank you.

    • nonna-muss Says:

      Things can get bad Raych, but never that bad. I’m glad you stopped by and FDC’s blog helped you. Please don’t ever think suicide is a solution to anything! Making changes in your life if you are unhappy with the way things are now is the solution. Whether it be therapy, dumping a significant other, joining a club to meet new people, whatever it takes. Just change what’s making you unhappy if that’s possible. If the sadness comes from something you can’t change then find help and someone to talk to about it. There are people in this world that are waiting to love you, you just may not have met them yet. Give them the opportunity to do that!


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