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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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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

Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

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