A 26-year-old female asked:
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have you heard of getting addicted to phenergan for sleep? my mother has severe bladder distention and needs to quit but i'm worried about withdrawal

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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No withdrawal: in the traditional sense. Antihistamines do not work by the same mechanisms that alcohol or sedatives do, and there is no real tolerance to effects or a stereotypical withdrawal syndrome. Sometimes there is a discontinuation syndrome with anxiety, irritabilty and even electric shock feelings, but it is usually mild and transient. The dose can be gradually reduced over a week or so if worried.
Answered on Feb 24, 2018

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