I'm not sure, but I seemed to be dependent on benadryl and alka-seltzer plus cold medicine (the old formula from years ago). I bought both of those in bulk, popped benadryl like penny candy and brought 3 packets of alka-seltzer wtith me to work EVERY DAY..I worked 8-9 hrs/day...my co-workers and boss were concerned with me...I didn't think anything of it at the time..niot much of an answer ,sorry, I really don't know if I was "addicted" to them or not...
I remember, when I was taking 3 x the max dose on Benadryl, and Unisom...I only started with 1, but tolerance grew, and grew. I was not drinking or doing drugs at this point, but I was out of control on these things.
Anyway, one day I just decided it was enough, and never took another one since..about 4-1/2 years ago. It took me 6 weeks to back to normal sleeping.
So, to an extent, anything can be addictive if you abuse it for other than it's original purpose.
No, but now I take Rondec-DM (rx), I think it's a mind thing, kind of replacing one with another...I was on that Alka-seltzer for YEARS...it's a wonder my heart didn't explode with all the aspirin and sodium alone..combined with heavy drinking and other assorted stuff...=/
Rondec is a prescription cold/cough syrup..I just swig it from the bottle but I'm careful, I pretty much know what a teaspoon is...alka seltzer made me kind of "speedy", one of the ingredients was banned from otc drugs, I'm not sure, but I think Rondec MIGHT have that same ingredient, can't remember the name of it though.
This might sound stupid, but some people swear by those herbal supplements to help sleep ( valerian, chamomile, etc) But I have to have "white noise" to sleep. I use a fan at home, when I'm out camping, the frogs and crickets do me just fine!!..=) hope this helps...cat
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