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A 43-year-old member asked:

Help, how much benadryl (diphenhydramine) could i take to aid sleep?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Depends on your tolerance & if taking other medications. Lowest dose is 25 mg. & can go to 50 mg. Unless otherwise stated by your doctor.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Need help. Is 50 mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) enough to aid sleep?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): For most people, and if used as needed, yes.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How long in advance do you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep help?

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Dr. Mary Melton
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
It depends: Most oral medicines start working 45 to 60 minutes after you take it.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

Is it safe to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as a sleep aid on a regular basis?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jennings Godsy
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes: It is safe and non-habit forming.
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TX
A 56-year-old member asked:

Is 400 mg of diphenhydramine to help sleep to much?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 16 years experience
Definitely: 400 mg is the maximum daily dose for severe allergic reactions, in a hospital setting. For sleep, 50 mg should be the maximum, to avoid both unpleasant and even potentially life-threatening adverse events. Central nervous system effects are particularly significant. Even for "benign" meds, packaging dose limits are not suggestions; they balance efficacy with safety and should be followed.
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 19 years experience
if anxious try reading on mindfulness to help you relax to sleep. Nothing replaces seeing your physician. Wishing you'all the best.
Feb 8, 2012
Mt Sinai, NY
A 28-year-old male asked:

Is it bad to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to sleep?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pallavi Reddy
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Sleep : I wouldn't recommend taking it as a long term sleep aid. Melatonin may be a better option for you.
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Last updated Jul 27, 2013

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