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if i take benadryl (diphenhydramine) before getting on a plane, will the sedation from it help with my plane anxiety?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Causes drowsiness: Might suggest this be dealt with like one handles stage fright. Try a beta-blocker like propanalol or timolol. Another choice, alprazolam, which could keep you more awake. Talk to your doc, as these approaches are all generic and relatively cheap.

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