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What Nighttime cold medication can be taken while on Zoloft (sertraline)? Preferably, one with out alcohol or an antihistamine.

What Nighttime cold medication can be taken while on Zoloft (sertraline)? Preferably, one with out alcohol or an antihistamine.

Talk to doc: If anxiety is causing insomnia, then yous should consult your doctor or psychiatrist to find out the cause. Sleeping pill alone would not be your answer, you need to tackle the cause. ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Can i drink alcohol after hours from taking an antihistamine pill?

Can i drink alcohol after  hours from taking an antihistamine pill?

Minimal info here: You don't really say enough to be certain - but - if it was a standard OTC like benadryl - and you took the directed amount and you take no other medications and have no other conditions that recommend no alcohol - a minimal to moderate amount should be ok. That means 1 or 2 (at most) w/ some food taken at a pleasant rate. Don't get drunk! That's never a good idea. ...Read more

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Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?

Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?

Not expected.: Alcohol usually worsens itching unless one has drunk oneself into a semi-stupor. Not all itching is induced by histamine and thus it may not work at all. Dry skin is the most common cause for itching without a rash, consider applying a moisturizer <3 mins after bathing to see if this helps. Make sure that no new medication or supplement was introduced shortly before the onset of itching. ...Read more

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Can I safely take cetirizine or any antihistamine AFTER drinking alcohol? For exemple in case of allergic reaction right after/during a party?

Can I safely take cetirizine or any antihistamine AFTER drinking alcohol? For exemple in case of allergic reaction right after/during a party?

Usually: but the older antihistamines (Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (diphenhydramine) etc) tends to cause additive drowsiness effect to alochol. A rule of thumb is that a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg= 1 shot of alcohol in sedation. The newer ones don't have this issue. ...Read more

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Can you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after alcohol?

Can you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after alcohol?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and alcohol: Benadryl is very sedating. Taking with alcohol may result in respiratory depression. You can stop breathing. Use a non-sedating antihistamine like Allegra or claritin (loratadine). A number of otc medications like nyquil also contain Benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg and 2 alcohol drinks safe?

Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg and 2 alcohol drinks safe?

Count as 3 -4 drinks: Since the effect of a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may equal to 1-2 extra drinks (on drowsiness and driving), you will need to take that into calculation. Cut you drinking by 2 if you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) just to be safe. ...Read more

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How long after I've drank alcohol can I take benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

How long after I've drank alcohol can I take benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Depends: How much alcohol did you consume? If you still have an elevated blood alcohol level then it is not a good idea to take any medication including benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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I sampled a little bit of alcohol a few hours ago, is it safe to take some benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

I sampled a little bit of alcohol a few hours ago, is it safe to take some benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Probably OK: If you have had less than 2 drinks, it is probably ok to take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) knowing that it may make you more drowsy. I certainly would not advise driving your car home however until you know for sure how much the combination may affect your mental alertness. ...Read more

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6 shots of alcohol mixed drinks been about 6 hours since last drink is it safe to take a benadryl?

6 shots of alcohol mixed drinks been about 6 hours since last drink is it safe to take a benadryl?

Better choices: Benadryl is sedating and adding that to alcohol magnifies the effect. The average rate of alcohol metabolism is 1 drink per hour, but many things effect that ( male/ female, weight, race, food eaten with it) taking it to sleep is probably ok but for allergies a non sedating antihistamine like Claritin is a better choice. Avoid it altogether if you are driving. Be safe. ...Read more

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If you drink Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can you drink alcohol?

If you drink Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can you drink alcohol?

Be very careful: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) impairs your driving skills and so could alcohol. Both together is like adding one plus one and getting three. Cut back on your alcohol consumption when you use benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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How long should I wait to consume alcohol after taking benadryl-2 allergy?

How long should I wait to consume alcohol after taking benadryl-2 allergy?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) use: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) effects typically last 6-8 hrs. However; some persons can be adversely effected for much longer. To be safe, don't drink within 24 hrs of using any sedating antihistamine. All antihistamines are potentially sedating, indivdual senstivities to side-effects vary greatly. ...Read more

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I drink 1 serving of alcohol and 1 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to sleep, is this deadly?

I drink 1 serving of alcohol and 1 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to sleep, is this deadly?

Risky: To mix a clearly contraindicated substance with alcohol (both causing CNS depression) is very risky. Not necessarily lethal each time you try, but to take that risk is reckless. Call 911 if you feel suicidal. Consult your dr, and please do not mix meds with alcohol. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My son is nearing 36mos., 34lbs. Is 7.5ml of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) elixir 125mg/5ml every 8hrs too much? Also, prescription Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has 14% alcohol. Does OTC as well?

My son is nearing 36mos., 34lbs. Is 7.5ml of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) elixir 125mg/5ml every 8hrs too much? Also, prescription Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has 14% alcohol. Does OTC as well?

Check your product: The standard diphenhydramine(benedryl) elixir is 12.5 mg/5ml while the suspension is 25mg/5ml. If you have a 125/5 it would be far too much to give at that weight.If it were the 12.5/5 it would be ok.Available syrup or elixir contain 5-5.6% alcohol. ...Read more

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What would happen if someone took zoloft, lunesta, (eszopiclone) Benadryl and alcohol?

What would happen if someone took zoloft, lunesta, (eszopiclone) Benadryl and alcohol?

Sleepy: If not in excessive doses, would definitely be sleepy. If high or excessive doses of them, or if any thought of self-injury when taking them, should be evaluated and observed in er. ...Read more

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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) increase my blood alcohol level?

Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) increase my blood alcohol level?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Alcohol: Not aware of increase to BAL with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) use. BUT, one should either avoid alcohol use or use with caution when taking diphenhydramine as it could cause drowsiness or dizziness. ...Read more

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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more