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Diphenhydramine For Anxiety
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
Can I take doxylamine or diphenhydramine for anxiety or should I ask my dr about atarax (hydroxyzine)?
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
Diphenhydramine?: People have a tendency to take benadryl- diphenhydramine for sleeplessness. Ideally is not the good medicine for anxiety. Side effects are more. Has some effects on the central nervous system, can cause confusion -especially in elderly people, mouth dryness, fast heart rate, urinary retention -more evident in elderly men with big prostate glands. We call this as anticholinergic effect. Hydroxine-ok ...Read more
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
I've been taking 6 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) capsules per day for anxiety. I think it's making it worse. Can I quit cold turkey or should I taper off gradually?
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?
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
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
If I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before getting on a plane, will the sedation from it help with my plane anxiety?
I took 50mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 3 hours ago is it safe to take 10mg of Valium to reduce feelings of anxiety/sleep?
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
10 year old took 25 mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) then 1-2 hours later took 1 mg of Ativan prescribed for anxiety. Could this interaction be fatal?
No: A little more likely to be drowsy for a few hours but otherwise no problem. ...Read more
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
I am on 50mg of Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety and wondering if I can take diphenhydramine to help me sleep. I worry about them interacting but I can't sleep: (?
Yes, you may take it:
Start at 25 mg with the benadryl (diphenhydramine). Consider also using melatonin instead at a dose of 3 mg taken two hours before your desired sleep time. Also practice good sleep hygiene which you can find here on healthtap under dr heidi fowler's answers or at
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Good sleep hygiene handout the most common cause of insomnia is a change in your daily routine. ...Read more
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?
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
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
Can I take. 7mg of xanax (alprazolam) and 50mg of diphenhydramine? Or should I just stick to the xanax (alprazolam) for severe anxiety and lack of sleep?
Hubby got scary CT results and I have had anxiety hives for 2 days. They come and go. Already on. 5mg Klonopin 3x's a day. Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or??
Moderate interaction: Benedryl can increase the sedating effects of Klonopin (clonazepam). Some people exerience dizziness and confusion with this combination, so it would be important to avoid driving or performing tasks that require good concentration. Zyrtec is indicated for chronic hives, and may be less sedating than Benedryl. ...Read more
Either/or Hydroxyzine HCL or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for getting through medicine induced hyperthyroid anxiety? (Off all thyroid meds, taking low dose propranolol)
Hydroxyzine: Hydroxyzine is likely more effective but making sure that the thyroid dose is not too high is far more important. ...Read more
History of anxiety, found hive on arm yesterday, two hives on leg this am. Very anxious, history ofs easonal allergies. I took 2 motrin and 2 benadryl (diphenhydramine)?
Hard to tell: Hives can be triggered by many things including stress. However drugs, foods, or viral infection can cause acute hives as well. If the problem is not severe and goes away after 6 wks, just try antihistamine if the trigger cannot be identified. See your doctor or allergist if the problem extends beyond 6 weeks or not responded well to anithistamine. ...Read more
I take 40 mg of Vyvanse for ADHD and 20mg of prozac for anxiety and I think 20 mg of olmeprazole for reflux. Is it safe to take Advil and Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?
I am 19 weeks pregnant and took one benadryl (diphenhydramine) tablet for sinus infection. About 2 hours later I almost had two anxiety attacks along rapid heartbeat?
Dr. Oz, I can't sleep, so I'm taking an over-the-counter sleep aid called diphenhydramine 50mg & red wine, will this kill me? I have not been able to sleep for 2 years now because of my disability. I have arthritis, anxiety and a problem with my wrist. Th
Hi, this isn't dr. Oz. You don't note how much red wine. A moderate amount of red wine and 50mg of diphehydramine should not kill you. However, this is not a good cocktail for sleep. Over the counter sleep aids that contain antihistamines can eventually lead to rebound insomnia. Alcohol is the number one cause for insomnia in this country. Over time, it can cause problems with sleep.
Try going to bed at the same time each night. Use the bedroom only for sex or sleep (no tv, radio or other distractions). It is best to have a very quiet and dark bedroom. Avoid caffeine in the evening. Avoid large evening meals or late dinners. Limit exercise to late afternoon or earlier. Avoid napping. Limit alcohol use (or don't drink). Try to encorporate a calming routine at night (like taking a warm bath with lavender). Consider drinking warm milk or camomile tea at bedtime. Melatonin can be very helpful for sleep.
Medical acupuncture can be used in the treatmet of arthritis, anxiety and pain. It is effective, safe and there are no medication interactions. It is not covered by all insurance plans however. Take care. ...Read more