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Taken overdose of sleeping pills, discomfort in head, unstable when walking. Will I die if I sleep?

I took over the counter generic sleeping pills - forgot the name but same ingredient as Benadryl . Wasn t falling asleep right away so I took more. And more. Not trying to overdose - just wanted to sleep. I am home alone and don t want to call 911 and cause a commotion. My head feels funny and I feel unstable to walk. Wanted to get to bathroom to get water, but had to crawl. I am sure that I took too many. The pills are each 50 mg. I remember that from the box. I took five of them. Directions say to take one. I am scared that I have overdosed. I took the pills three hours ago. I am lying in bed typing this because I am too unsteady to walk. Does the fact that I am coherent enough now mean that I won t die if I close my eyes and go back to sleep? I am scared.
Asked On : Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

I understand your concerns. There is a good chance of death if you take a huge dose of sleeping pills. I believe that you may have a chance of respiratory depression with the overuse of sleeping pills. It may also be good to be aware of the fact that sleeping pills usually affect your sleep architecture and do not give you a refreshed sleep in the long run. They may be useful for about a month or two. I advise you to take the medications as instructed.

I hope this helps. Take care and have a lovely day!
Answered: Tue, 2 Jul 2013
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