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Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon), lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?

Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon), lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?

Different: Everyone is different. It also depends upon why you are having difficulty with sleep. If you suffer insomnia talk to your doctor about this. There are many medications that can be used for this disorder. ...Read more

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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

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Is it safe to mix Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with ambien?

Is it safe to mix Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with ambien?

Ambien (zolpidem): Not sure if u r using the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergy or to add to sleep, but I would consult your prescribing doctor first. ...Read more

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Severe insomnia. Have tried everything. Have taken two benadryl and 2 Ambien so far. Still can't sleep. Valerian root and melatonin don't work.

Severe insomnia. Have tried everything. Have taken two benadryl and 2 Ambien so far. Still can't sleep. Valerian root and melatonin don't work.

Have you seen a: Sleep specialist? In the meantime - how is your sleep hygiene? Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile ...Read more

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Do Ambien and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work the same way?

Do Ambien and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work the same way?

Not at all: Ambien is a prescription only sleep aid which works directly on the brain to reduce electrical activity thereby causing sleep. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which is used for treatment of allergies causes sleep as a side effect by working on different than Ambien brain receptors called H1. Consult with a physician if you need to take sleep aids on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) a better alternative than ambien?

Can you tell me is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) a better alternative than ambien?

Neither: The short term use of either is about equal. If insonia persists [longer than 2 weeks] then cause is critical. Mood disorder, pain, medication, anxiety, are some common causess and if not present a sleep study is helpful. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on top of Ambien 10mg. I'm Having an allergeric reaction to something. Need some relief. So itchy.

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on top of Ambien 10mg. I'm Having an allergeric reaction to something. Need some relief. So itchy.

Yes: You can take both together without any dangerous interactions. However, you may be more sedated than usual in the morning. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after already taking 74 teva, I took the ambien/ zopiltium or however you spell it an hour ago and am not tired...?

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after already taking 74 teva, I took the ambien/ zopiltium or however you spell it an hour ago and am not tired...?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep: Generally a small amount of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep is benign. However you indicate you took "71 teva", I presume you mean teva 74 imprint (which is ambien/zolpitem 10mg). If that is all you took and are age 26, I would say you can take 50-75mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help you fall asleep if there are no other factors that would contra-indicate it. Talk to the md who prescribes you Ambien about your sleep problem. ...Read more

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Is using Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to go to sleep bad for you? Is it better or worse than ambien?

Is using Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to go to sleep bad for you? Is it better or worse than ambien?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) vs ambien: If you can do without neither, would be better, or use only short term. Both can cause tolerance (you need more to get the same effect), so better start with the lowest dose, but ambien has an abuse potential, it is a scheduled drug while benadryl (diphenhydramine) is OTC. Try sleep hygiene: go to bed early at a fixed time, avoid internet, tv, smart phones before bedtime, have a cool quiet bedroom, good luck ...Read more

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Is it okay to mix ambien and benadyrl to treat insomnia? I took benadryl (diphenhydramine) around 4hrs after taking ambien bc it didn't work, are there side effects?

No don't mix drugs: Please don't mix ambien with benadryl (diphenhydramine). I would first suggest you speak with your doctor who prescribed you ambien and him/her that you are still experiencing insomnia. Mixing prescription medication with drugs like benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be dangerous. Perhaps you should improve your sleep hygiene first. Sleep same time every night, bed is used only for sleep, cool dark room, no distractions (TV) etc. ...Read more

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I took 5mg of Ambien (zolpidem) more than 3 hours ago and I still cannot fall asleep, would it be alright if I took 25mg of benadryl (diphenhydramine)? (usually works)

Sure: Zolpidem (Ambien) and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) act on different receptors in the brain and it would not be to much medication if you took it 3 hours before. Please remember that you need to give yourself 8 hours after these to sleep. otherwise you might be drowsy the next day ...Read more

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I'm having lots of itching and sneezing. Want to try benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is it ok to take with klonopin, seroquel and ambien?

I'm having lots of itching and sneezing. Want to try benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is it ok to take with klonopin, seroquel and ambien?

Lots of interactions: There are lots of interaction between all 3 medicines you are taking which in combination cause brain depression and psychomotor impairment. Adding Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will further aggravate side effects. Why do you have to take first three drugs in the first place. Look for the cause for depression anxiety or whatever reason you are taking mess. Visit us at www. Ehacstl. Com to see how you can be helped ...Read more

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How many mg of diphenhydramine is equal to a 10 mg ambien (zolpidem)?

Not equivalent: Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that causes drowsiness by blocking histamine receptors. Usual doses are 25-50 mg. Ambien (zolpidem) is what is called a non benzodiazepine hypnotic, it cause drowsiness by binding to the Alpha subunit of the benzodiazepine receptor. Usual dosing is 5-10 mg. As their mechanism of action is completely different, there is no dose equivalency. ...Read more

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I have severe insomnia with no sleep at all. Diphenhydramine+melatonin and ambien (zolpidem) both work for me, but both are giving me chest pain. What to do?

I have severe insomnia with no sleep at all. Diphenhydramine+melatonin and ambien (zolpidem) both work for me, but both are giving me chest pain. What to do?

See your doctor: There are many causes of insomnia. It is important to contact your doctor to get a proper assessment, appropriate testing and referral to specialists if needed. In some cases there may be multiple causes going on simultaneously. There are many over the counter and prescription medications used to help with sleep, but the most effective approach is to diagnose and treat underlying cause (s). Best. ...Read more

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I take ambien (zolpidem) but I get my prescription refill at my doctors thursday. I have taken 7 benedryl to sleep, and It doesn't help. I take unisom now, 3 50mg lastnight didn't work, Is it safe to take 4?

I take ambien (zolpidem) but I get my prescription refill at my doctors thursday. I have taken 7 benedryl to sleep, and It doesn't help. I take unisom now, 3 50mg lastnight didn't work, Is it safe to take 4?

Insomnia: Please do not overdose on sleeping medications. Try to avoid using electronics of all kinds, meals, and exercise one hour before bedtime. Make sure your room is dark and quiet with a comfortable temperature. Try a warm bath prior to sleep. Read a book prior to bedtime. You can try melatonin or DreamWater with tryptophan, if you like, but only as directed. There is a reason you aren't sleeping. ...Read more

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I'm 15 weeks pregnant. I always had terrible insomnia. I took Ambien (zolpidem) 10mg at 7 wanting to get much needed sleep. I cannot sleep. Can I take benedry?

I'm 15 weeks pregnant. I always had terrible insomnia. I took Ambien (zolpidem) 10mg at 7 wanting to get much needed sleep. I cannot sleep. Can I take benedry?

Agree w Dr. Jacobson: Discuss use of melatonin w your obstetrician. Also use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, . ...Read more

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What is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) used for?

What is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) used for?

See below: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine. It is normally used to help with allergy symptoms, sneezing, and runny nose. It can also help with itchy rashes. Also, it is occasionally used for motion sickness. ...Read more

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How should a person feel if the snorted 50 mgs of benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Bad idea: The snorting of medicines that are not supposed to be administered intranasally is usually going to lead to catastrophic effects. The consequences of administering Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in an inappropriate manner could be delirium and hallucinations. You could also turn psychotic and accidentally hurt yourself or someone else. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 4 benadryl, 50 mg?

Is it safe to take 4 benadryl, 50 mg?

Not good idea: This will not kill you but will likely make you very drowsy, thirsty (dry mouth), and/or constipated. It may also lead to rapid heart beats. Why do you feel that you need that many? ...Read more

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Can taking Benadryl cause acquired LQTS?

Can taking Benadryl cause acquired LQTS?

Rarely.: In people who have congenital LQTS, benadryl can cause heart arrythmias by making their underlying problem worse. In people with normal QT, very large doses or overdoses of benadryl can prolong the QT and have serious or fatal consequences. Bendaryl is a medicine to avoid if you have LQTS, and only one of many factors to consider if you have the acquired version. Speak to a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Side effects of benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Dried up and sleepy: Why would you want to take benadry (the brand name for diphenhydramine) long term? Fagetaboutit. Side effects are drying of mucous membrane, drowsiness, fatigue, difficulty urinating... ...Read more

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Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) good for sinus?

Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) good for sinus?

Only in the: Sense that it could help dry up secretions, or decrease an allergic component of nasal congestion. ...Read more

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Is loratadine like benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Is loratadine like benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Kinda mostly: Loratadine is a 'non-sedating antihistamine, ' and Diphenhydramine (/benadryl) is a sedating antihistamine (aka: older / h1 & h2 blocker), so yes, they are close cousins in intended effects--just differ in side effects. ...Read more

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Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) good for sunburn?

Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) good for sunburn?

Simple Care: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more

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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help with fevers?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an: Anhistamine. It does not reduce fevers but can help with other symptoms that might be associated with a febrile condition. ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

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


Ambien (Definition)

Zolpidem is a sleep-inducer which is a kind of ...Read more