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Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon), lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?
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
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
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
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
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
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
I take ambien due to insomnia. I also have urtricia. I usually take Zyrtec but am out cans I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after I've taken ambien for the itch I have?
Insomnia for twenty years. Successful taking 1-1.5 mg klonazapam, 1/2-1pill of Ambien cr and either Advil PM or benadryl (diphenhydramine). Lately can't sleep and want to up kl to 2mg. Thoughts? TY
See specialist: I'd recommend seeing a specialist in sleep medicine. ...Read more
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
Ambien (zolpidem): More sedation, otherwise ok.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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
No: Just don't take it again, with some people yes it can cause palpitations and incoordination ...Read more
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
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