Operation Sinus Clearing: Slightly annoyed and sleepy

So today I decided I had truly had enough of the crackling ears and the snuffly sinuses. I have been using a super strength nose spray for almost two years to not much effect. The only time they really cleared was last year when before the flight to Hobart the doctor prescribed me the proper Demazin (i.e. the stuff with the pseudoephedrine in it) and they miraculously dried up after two days. It didn’t last though and this year I have had two sinus infections requiring monster sized antibiotics and regular sinus headaches. Finally last week I was sick of it and decided to ask for the Demazin again.

I took one this morning and all seemed well until at about 10 when I sat down to read a book and suddenly could not for all the will in the world stay awake. I slept for a solid two hours and woke up feeling groggy. I thought pseudoephedrine was supposed to keep you awake. So I checked the box. May cause drowsiness and/or sleeplessness. Drowsiness my behind. More like a total and complete inability to keep one’s eyes open combined with a slight grogginess and desire to return to the couch for the rest of the day. And I’m supposed to take FOUR per day. I don’t think so Sonny Jim. I am considering either taking the child’s dose or just plain giving up. This didn’t happen last time.

Slightly annoyed and sleepy.


6 Responses to “Operation Sinus Clearing: Slightly annoyed and sleepy”

  1. 2paw says:

    Well that’s no good at all. I thought it was meant to make you all alert and awake, but maybe that’s only if you buy a hundred packets and make your own illegal drug??? Which, I hasten to add, no-one here would ever do, nor do we have any urge or the requisite knowledge and skills.

  2. Wendy says:

    It’s very frustrating although I’m just glad I tried it today and not a work day.

  3. Hi Wendy, pseudoephedrine makes my heart race and skip, a distinctly unpleasant feeling which makes me stay awake in terror that something worse might be happening. If that’s what is supposed to pass for being alert as a drug, then I’d rather have your side effect any day! And I’ll stick with my current drug of choice for the major head cold I have at the moment – a nice hot cup of tea!

  4. Wendy says:

    well that sounds more like I was expecting. I have had that before as well and you’re right it is unpleasant. I have slept the day away now it seems. Think I’ll stick to tea in the future as well.

  5. Mione says:

    I recently had cold and flu tablets wiht pseudoephedrine and I was all spacey and sleepy (and it was a work day). Managed to drive home at lunch time without falling asleep at the wheel. Next day took half the dose and felt fine, definately think half the dose was a good idea!

  6. Wendy says:

    half a dose..that’s good to hear. I will try that..but not on a work day..just in case!

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