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    I am suffering from a severe chest infection which has resulted in several sleepless, coughing, spluttering nights. I went to my doctor today who prescribed me antibiotics but I stupidly forgot to ask her if I could take a sleeping pill (or maybe even just some night nurse) before I went to bed. Is it a bit too risky?
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    (Original post by Antonia87)
    I am suffering from a severe chest infection which has resulted in several sleepless, coughing, spluttering nights. I went to my doctor today who prescribed me antibiotics but I stupidly forgot to ask her if I could take a sleeping pill (or maybe even just some night nurse) before I went to bed. Is it a bit too risky?
    what antibiotic is it?
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    (Original post by Lithium)
    what antibiotic is it?
    Amoxicillin. They're quite powerful.
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    (Original post by Antonia87)
    Amoxicillin. They're quite powerful.
    Well, don't take my following statement as an attempt to belittle the importance of taking all drugs seriously, but Amoxicillin is a relatively safe AB

    Ok, what sleeping aid/pills are you taking? i.e. what is their active ingredient(s)?
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    Some sleeping tablets cause a degree of respiratory depression. If you already have a respiratory problem that could be a real problem. So don't take sleeping tablets without speaking to a doctor.
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    I don't see any interactions with amoxicillin and sleeping tablets. Amoxicillin is a pretty commonly-prescribed antibiotic, and I'm coincidentally on it now; my patient information leaflet doesn't say anything about sleeping tablets either. Of course, you'd have to ask a pharmacist for a definitive answer.
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    My concern isn't the amoxicillin, it's the "severe chest infection" the OP has. Respiratory depression is a contra-indication to the use of many sleeping tablets.
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    correct me if im wrong but would 'severe chest infection' not be more along the lines of pneumonia and in hospital?!
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    NHS Direct will know. Please call them rather than consulting teenagers on a forum. xD
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    Feel free to pm me if you want any advice about mixing medicines in future. I'm going to university next year!
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    (Original post by mja)
    My concern isn't the amoxicillin, it's the "severe chest infection" the OP has. Respiratory depression is a contra-indication to the use of many sleeping tablets.
    True. I buy sleeping tablets fairly often (I shouldn't, I know), but they always ask me if I have asthma every time I get them.

    I wouldn't use the sleeping tablets, on the safe side. The tablets slow down your breathing and on top of a respiratory infection that could be pretty bad.
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    If it's a benzodiazepine, I wouldn't recommend it. If it's a sleeping aid, and not a tranquillizer, it won't do any harm. Your AB is wide spectrum and not very strong anyways, I wouldn't worry about it.
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    (Original post by JocastaJackal)
    True. I buy sleeping tablets fairly often (I shouldn't, I know), but they always ask me if I have asthma every time I get them.

    I wouldn't use the sleeping tablets, on the safe side. The tablets slow down your breathing and on top of a respiratory infection that could be pretty bad.
    OTC sleeping aids? They do close to nothing.

    The only think the OP should worry about is something strong like a benzodiazepine/other tranquilliser, especially with anything stronger than bromazepam.
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    (Original post by Misogynist)
    OTC sleeping aids? They do close to nothing.

    The only think the OP should worry about is something strong like a benzodiazepine/other tranquilliser, especially with anything stronger than bromazepam.
    Hmm, maybe. I don't think they'd be enough to do anything severe to the OP (the otc pills) but it might cause more discomfort etc.
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    (Original post by emmzy)
    correct me if im wrong but would 'severe chest infection' not be more along the lines of pneumonia and in hospital?!
    Not necessarily - if they're well enough and have good enough care at home, there's no need to admit them. I had pneumonia when I was younger and was never admitted. As a young person you'd have to be pretty knocked out to end up in hospital unless there were other co-morbidities.

    As for the drugs, read the leaflets and see what you can find.
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    If it's just some night nurse or nytol it's fine.
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    (Original post by mja)
    Some sleeping tablets cause a degree of respiratory depression. If you already have a respiratory problem that could be a real problem. So don't take sleeping tablets without speaking to a doctor.
    Which ones?
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    (Original post by Spotty Dog)
    NHS Direct will know. Please call them rather than consulting teenagers on a forum. xD
    NHS redirect, might know, but they will not give that information over the phone.
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    (Original post by emmzy)
    correct me if im wrong but would 'severe chest infection' not be more along the lines of pneumonia and in hospital?!
    Either way, a severe chest infection would not be on amoxycillin.
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    (Original post by Renal)
    NHS redirect, might know, but they will not give that information over the phone.
    I've had this sort of advice from NHS Direct several times. o.o; "Can I take x with y while I've got ____" and I always get an answer. o.o;

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