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Hi,

I have been struggling with (lack of) sleep, anxiety and low mood for a long time and don't seem to be getting anywhere regarding medication from my GP or mental health professionals who think medication is not the answer.

I think it is time that I take matters into my own hands and I'm considering purchasing some sleeping pills/anxiety relief pills off Amazon. I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience of taking these and if they have helped.

These seem to have majority positive reviews, although the tablets look quite dodgy imo.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...f_rd_i=desktop

These sound useful but there are quite a few negative reviews where people have had to go to A&E with severe stomach cramps:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...f_rd_i=desktop

These are in the form of gummie sweets and so are probably less dangerous, but albeit less effective.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...f_rd_i=desktop

What do you think? Which one should I buy?
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Nah that's dodgy don't buy stuff like that from the internet
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Hi,

I have been struggling with (lack of) sleep, anxiety and low mood for a long time and don't seem to be getting anywhere regarding medication from my GP or mental health professionals who think medication is not the answer.

I think it is time that I take matters into my own hands and I'm considering purchasing some sleeping pills/anxiety relief pills off Amazon. I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience of taking these and if they have helped.

These seem to have majority positive reviews, although the tablets look quite dodgy imo.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...f_rd_i=desktop

These sound useful but there are quite a few negative reviews where people have had to go to A&E with severe stomach cramps:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...f_rd_i=desktop

These are in the form of gummie sweets and so are probably less dangerous, but albeit less effective.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...f_rd_i=desktop

What do you think? Which one should I buy?
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Any medication on the internet is a big no for me.
Please consider again
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Nah you can't trust that ****. Go buy some Nytol from Boots (or any other pharmacy), it's OTC so you don't need a prescription but you do need to talk to a pharmacist.

I will say though, those medications do more harm than good. You won't get proper restful sleep because the pills don't allow you to get REM sleep so you'll feel tired even after 8 hours of sleep. They can also affect your alertness and energy levels, and probably mood levels.

Sleeping pills are usually used for when you're travelling or you've messed up your sleeping pattern, or you're going through an extremely stressful event or dealing with tragedy. AKA short term things. Unless you've been advised to by a doctor, using them for the longterm is against the advice of most medical professionals.

If your doctor won't give them to you, it's probably for good reasons. But if you're adamant I'd go pick up a pack of the Nytol tabs and talk to the pharmacist about it for another opinion. Imo the best way forward is to focus on combating and controlling your anxiety and low moods. Many anxiety medications can also have 'night' versions which can help you sleep too. So just try to exhaust all your non-medication related options (talk therapy, meditation, etc.) and then go back to your doc and ask to be put on meds if it doesn't work. The side effects are nothing to mess with and they take weeks to work (and you typically feel like **** during the first couple weeks too).

Good luck!
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Sleeping pills are highly addictive, which is probably why you have not been given any. I had them at 18, and I had to be severely monitored on them.

Don't buy pills off Amazon. You have absolutely no idea if they are the real deal or not.
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(Original post by LeCroissant)
Hi,

I have been struggling with (lack of) sleep, anxiety and low mood for a long time and don't seem to be getting anywhere regarding medication from my GP or mental health professionals who think medication is not the answer.

I think it is time that I take matters into my own hands and I'm considering purchasing some sleeping pills/anxiety relief pills off Amazon. I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience of taking these and if they have helped.

These seem to have majority positive reviews, although the tablets look quite dodgy imo.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...f_rd_i=desktop

These sound useful but there are quite a few negative reviews where people have had to go to A&E with severe stomach cramps:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...f_rd_i=desktop

These are in the form of gummie sweets and so are probably less dangerous, but albeit less effective.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...f_rd_i=desktop

What do you think? Which one should I buy?
I would tent to advise going to a pharmacy to get any non-prescribed medication. That way you can get a pharmacists advice and you can be more confident that it's safe.
That said, some of the stuff you can find online is totally fine and the same sort of stuff you can get from the pharmacy. Sleeping pills are probably okay to get online since they're a rather common over the counter medication.

Still, sleeping pills aren't really something you should be using for a long time though so if you do want to do this, please try to keep it as a short term thing while you find a better solution.

Now that i've got all that out of the way... they all have positive reviews and seem not to contain any actual "drugs", just vitamins, hormones, herbs etc.
I'd choose which one sounds most appealing to you then google it to make sure there's no big issues relating to it.
I'd probably choose the gummies personally cos they will be easier to take and the negative reviews boil down to "didn't work" rather than any actual issues.

I would also advise you keep trying with your GP (maybe even ask for a private referral if you can afford it), look into natural ways to improve sleep like relaxing before bed, herbal teas etc and (if you haven't already) get yourself into therapy.

Hope that helps and hope your situation improves.
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Vitafusion sleepwell is an american over the counter product that contains melatonin. Melatonin is prescription only in the UK though, but I brought back plenty on my recent trip to the US and didn't have any issues bringing it into the country.

Personally I would suggest you go to your local pharmacy and ask for something called Phenergan. It's kept behind the counter though as it's a pharmacy only medication and requires the approval of a pharmacist to sell it to the public. Only use it for the short term though, whichever you decide to buy.

Unfortunately lack of sleep has a compounding effect on depression/anxiety so I'm quite surprised that your GP hasn't recommended anything. You don't say whether or not you take medication (to treat the depression/anxiety) ? If so, what do you take? Regardless, if you buy any products over the counter, check with your local pharmacist to make sure they are safe to take together.
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Make sure you're doing all the obvious, non pill popping things first like limiting coffee / energy drink consumption in the evening and not playing with devices in bed.first.
http://www.beh-mht.nhs.uk/Downloads/...20Leaflet1.pdf

as a previous poster says melatonin is OTC in the US and it's popular with air stewardesses on transatlantic routes for re establishing a normal sleep pattern after getting jetlagged - that other stuff on amazon I've no idea about.
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Nah you can't trust that ****. Go buy some Nytol from Boots (or any other pharmacy), it's OTC so you don't need a prescription but you do need to talk to a pharmacist.

I will say though, those medications do more harm than good. You won't get proper restful sleep because the pills don't allow you to get REM sleep so you'll feel tired even after 8 hours of sleep. They can also affect your alertness and energy levels, and probably mood levels.

Sleeping pills are usually used for when you're travelling or you've messed up your sleeping pattern, or you're going through an extremely stressful event or dealing with tragedy. AKA short term things. Unless you've been advised to by a doctor, using them for the longterm is against the advice of most medical professionals.

If your doctor won't give them to you, it's probably for good reasons. But if you're adamant I'd go pick up a pack of the Nytol tabs and talk to the pharmacist about it for another opinion. Imo the best way forward is to focus on combating and controlling your anxiety and low moods. Many anxiety medications can also have 'night' versions which can help you sleep too. So just try to exhaust all your non-medication related options (talk therapy, meditation, etc.) and then go back to your doc and ask to be put on meds if it doesn't work. The side effects are nothing to mess with and they take weeks to work (and you typically feel like **** during the first couple weeks too).

Good luck!
The stuff he wants to buy is over the counter so it's not harmful or addictive (as long as he buys it from a legit source).
And to be honest, I have to disagree with you. I take prescription anti anxiety/sleeping pills (diazepam) long term and they do work quite well overall. I don't believe that's true - about the REM bit. My sleep is perfectly fine. It is of course true that they can be addictive, and he should seek alternative solutions first, though.
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i use melatonin 2mg and it works, knocks me out everytime. Just say a wee prayer before each use.

But it gives me amnesia sometimes and makes me hungry. Just saying..
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(Original post by Ciel.)
The stuff he wants to buy is over the counter so it's not harmful or addictive (as long as he buys it from a legit source).
And to be honest, I have to disagree with you. I take prescription anti anxiety/sleeping pills (diazepam) long term and they do work quite well overall. I don't believe that's true - about the REM bit. My sleep is perfectly fine. It is of course true that they can be addictive, and he should seek alternative solutions first, though.
Yeah that's why I directed OP to a pharmacy where he can get OTC sleeping aids instead of buying it online.

If you re-read my post, I mentioned there are anxiety medications that help with insomnia that a doctor can prescribe for OP's anxiety.

Not all sleeping aids are the same. Diazepam is a benzodiazepine and Nytol is an antihistamine (diphenhydramine). They have different mechanisms of action and different 'strengths' so you can't compare the two.

Benzos are REM sleep suppressants, which is why a very common side effect is memory impairment and confusion
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC181172/ same with sedative antihistamines (for different reasons).
Of course every drug affects everyone differently which is why you may not feel those effects.

Also, benzos are very difficult to get from a doc due to the high risk of getting addicted and the nasty withdrawal symptoms. They should be prescribed at the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time.

Antihistamines aren't nearly as addictive, but can still cause rebound insomnia (when OP finds they can't sleep without them) and that can make them addictive.

Like I told OP, the doctor knows best. If they don't trust their doctor they should see another one. But they shouldn't think that sleeping pills are the magic cure, and they definitely shouldn't buy any online without the advice of a medical professional.
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Better to go to the pharmacy, Amazon makes it clear in their disclaimer that they have nothing to do with the manufacturers of the medication.

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Thanks for all the helpful replies- I think I'll give the gummy ones a try just as a little experiment.
I would go to the GP again but it's so much hassle just to get an appointment, and she always says that she wants to have an opinion from a mental health professional before prescribing me anything.
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Well what happens when the full bottle of NYTOL does nothing, the sleep specialist tells you that you actually do sleep but you don't realise it. I have asked her for her mobile number and I will text her every 10 mins through the night.
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Go get some nytol and some chamomile tea
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They edited my post, Interesting!! when you cannot get over to sleep after 104hrs and are beginning to waken up again... but they edited most of the last post.... a joke...
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I take zimovane 10 years now and it changed my life,,calmer,,sleep great,, feel so much better,, have bought online and tabs were perfect,,,hard to withdraw takes about 5 days but only did it once to see if I really need them,,, I do and will never give them up.
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I recommend natrol melatonin
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Like many other people, I use Amazon to buy many things. As for ordering meds, usually I choose a Canadian Pharmacy store for this purpose. It has to be mentioned, it took me some time to find a good and trusty online pharmacy. But having read this post, I started thinking that Amazon will be a big competitor for many online drug stores. As for the choice of pills, I guess, it is better to ask your doctor as sleeping pills are not vitamins.
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Where did you get them
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