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How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is considered too much?

How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is considered too much?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Either the recommended amount based on weight through the directions on the box or following your doctors recommendations if the recommended dose they made is higher. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Is it ok to take one 25MG Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for anxiety regularly?

Is it ok to take one 25MG Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for anxiety regularly?

OK but: There are better alternatives. Talk to your doctor. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tends to make you just drowsy . ...Read more

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Benadryl for flight anxiety. How much should I take to help me fall asleep fast on the plane?

Benadryl for flight anxiety. How much should I take to help me fall asleep fast on the plane?

Regular dose.: The onset of benadryl, when taken by mouth, can be anywhere from 15-45 minutes, so it will not help you fall asleep "fast" necessarily. The usual allergy dose is what is recommended, 25-50 mg. It is not appropriate for short flights, though, as the sleepiness will make getting OFF the plane very difficult. Only use for flights 4-6 hours or longer. Do a test dose before your trip! ...Read more

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Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work for anxiety?

Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work for anxiety?

Time For DroolSchool: We here on the ranch call it"Benadrool"because it can shlog you out.So yes sometimes it can work for calming down. But too much turns it into Bena-DryMouthBlurredVisionKnockedOut-Dryl.So just take one capsule(25mg)or at most 50mg. It's not usually prescribed for this.There are other medications specifically for anxiety. But Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a non-prescription medication and usually safe at proper doses ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for some anxiety issues I am having?

Anxiety: On an as needed basis, short term, is ok. Also talk to your doctor about other options for anxiety long-term if needed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night for anxiety?

Is it safe to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night for anxiety?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not an anti-anxiety medication. People take it for its drowsiness side-effect. It will not relieve your anxiety whatsoever. ...Read more

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Hello , I took one Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at 8:08 pm and I'm assuming it has kicked in but I'm really tired but full of anxiety... How much more longer will the "high" be gone?

Hello , I took one Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at 8:08 pm and I'm assuming it has kicked in but I'm really tired but full of anxiety... How much more longer will the "high" be gone?

Anxiety: I understand your concern. Benadryl can cause drowsiness and tiredness. Benadryl Allergy & Cold can cause excitability, anxiety, restlessness and insomnia. “Feeling high” can be due to Cocaine and Amphetamines. Stresses of relationship with parents and girlfriend; separation, peer pressure to use alcohol and drugs;, and to establish your Identity can cause Anxiety. See Psychiatrist for Therapy ...Read more

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How can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Xanax differ when it comes to treating anxiety?

How can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Xanax differ when it comes to treating anxiety?

Very different med: Xanax and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are two very different medications. Xanax is an anti anxiety medication approved for the treatment of anxiety. It is in the benzodiazepine class of medication so there is a risk of tolerance and withdrawal symptoms that lead to dependence. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an anti histamine approved for the treatment of allergy symptoms. It primarily produces drowsiness which can cover anxiety. ...Read more

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If i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before getting on a plane, will the sedation from it help with my plane anxiety?

If i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before getting on a plane, will the sedation from it help with my plane anxiety?

Causes drowsiness: Might suggest this be dealt with like one handles stage fright. Try a beta-blocker like propanalol or timolol. Another choice, alprazolam, which could keep you more awake. Talk to your doc, as these approaches are all generic and relatively cheap. ...Read more

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I'm having a bad anxiety attack and i want more than my usual dose of xanax. Would it be okay to take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or two with it?

I'm having a bad anxiety attack and i want more than my usual dose of xanax. Would it be okay to take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or two with it?

Consult with MD: I can answer this question for my individual patients (whom i know well). However, this is really an important question for you to address with your physician. I am afraid that by telling you how to take your meds that i would be providing medical treatment (which only your providers should do). Take care. ...Read more

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Hypersensitivity to meds, kids dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) too much. Took 5mg Celexa for anxiety- bad heightened anxiety, stopped. Any meds with less s.effects?

Hypersensitivity to meds, kids dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) too much. Took 5mg Celexa for anxiety- bad heightened anxiety, stopped. Any meds with less s.effects?

Possible: Each child can respond differently to meds. Sometimes it's hit or miss until u find the right one. Ask your MD for MillineumPGT saliva test - genitic test to see what meds have higher potential side effects. Ask about buspar (buspirone) if mild anxiety. Try chamomile calming teas twice a day with melatonin at night. May consider visit with therapist to learn anxiety relaxation exercises. Good luck! ...Read more

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Benadryl (diphenhydramine) mthly with my IVIG. Always makes me SO TIRED! Am on klonopin 4 anxiety. Wondering if Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is like klonopin & I should take that instead?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) mthly with my IVIG. Always makes me SO TIRED! Am on klonopin 4 anxiety. Wondering if Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is like klonopin & I should take that instead?

Advice: The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is present to combat an infusion reaction, such as an allergic response. There are other antihistamines which do not promote these adverse effects, and seems to be no reason to not try these. Klonopin would not be a useful substitute. ...Read more

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Me Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & Nexium for my anxiety and panic disorder, i, what are the side effects?

It sounds like the: Anxiety has negatively effected your GI tract, which explains the use of nexium. Nexium can cause headache, nausea and diarrhea commonly and low magnesium levels and may effect how other medicines work. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine which can cause headache, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness and other side effects. ...Read more

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Hi-I'm suffering from severe panick and anxiety. I just took a Benadryl can I take that with 2 Tylenol (acetaminophen)? I'm sooo anxious and nervous.

Anxiety: Get an evaluation promptly by a professional to find the cause of your symptoms. You should avoid self medicating if you have anxiety and panic attacks. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a pain reliever, it does not treat anxiety. Benadryl is an antihistamine that can cause sedation, but it has side effects like dry mouth and can, in some folks, have the effect opposite of sedation - increased alertness and anxiety. ...Read more

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I alternate between Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and klonopin (for sleep) is it safe to take klonopin for anxiety morning after taking a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep?

Cannot fully endorse: Your information is of concern, as you describe issues with both sleep and anxiety and they may well relate. However, sounds like this may be getting more complex. You obviously have a sleep disorder, and may well need help with the anxiety. Please see a sleep specialist, and perhaps a psychiatrist, as there may be more success with an alternative approach. ...Read more

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Should i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine hcl) for my poison ivy even though i suffer from anxiety?

Should i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine hcl) for my poison ivy even though i suffer from anxiety?

Other antihistamine: The main reason to take antihistamines for poison ivy is to decrease the itching. There is risk of central nervous system effects with benadryl (diphenhydramine). Potentially it could aggravate anxiety disorders. An antihistamine that does not cross over into the brain like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is Allegra (fexofenadine). It will still help with the itching. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

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


Benadryl (Definition)

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