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Diphenhydramine H Cl Overdose
Is it safe to take 10 mg melatonin and 50 mg diphenhydramine HCl an hour before bed almost every night? I have trouble getting to sleep most nights.
No: It shouldn't show up in a home screening test. ...Read more
What For?: More info is needed to decide proper dose and if this is the medicine for whatever the problem is. ...Read more
I've been taking about 500 to 1400mg of OTC diphenhydramine hcl daily for about the last 6-8 years and have stopped. How can I stop the ITCHING!!?
Find out the cause: Consider consulting a dermatologist if the itching has been going on for 6-8 years. A dermatologist can help you sort out the cause or devise a treatment program which can help control the itching. On the other hand, if high doses of antihistamine controls the itching without side effects for several years, you may continue taking it. ...Read more
Been taking diphenhydramine HCL for about 10 years in high doses. I have recently stopped taking them. The itching is intense. HOW CAN I STOP THE ITCH?
Not that much: They are not that much different but diphenhyramine has been more widely used . ...Read more
Yes: These medicines have different mechanism of action and that is not a problem. Discuss this with your physician if there's any other medical issues we are not aware of. ...Read more
What are the dosage differences in diphenhydramine HCl and citrate if I take 50mg of HCl for sleep would I take 76 mg of citrate?
What side effects come from taking 1000mg of diphenhydramine HCL daily for 8 years? And how can I stop the itching after I've stopped taking them?
You need help: I hope you meant 100mg. If you're really taking 40 capsules of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) a day, and even if you're only taking 4 capsules a day, you need to see a board certified allergist for help. Even if the underlying cause of the itching can't be found, there are better ways to control it ...Read more
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Should not: Both are antihistamines so you do not need to take both. ...Read more
I have severe allergies.
I believe they are indoor and outdoor.
I have tried claritiin 10 mg otc
and benadryl (diphenhydramine) hcl 25mg and gotten some temporary relie?
Nasal: Consider adding some nasal steroid spray which you can get over the counter ...Read more
150 mg Diphenhydramine hcl (3 Unisom Sleepgels) hasn't helped me sleep. Is it safe to bump it up to 200 mg?
Won't advise it: It will not kill you but may cause other side effects yet unlikely to help you to fall asleep by taking another 50 mg. ...Read more
Mixing diphenhydramine HCL (50mg) with oxycodone (30mg)? Due to an accident, chronic, severe, pain does not let me sleep.......
Consult doctor: It appears that you need pain management. Diphenhydramine has some sedating effect but does not work on everyone and certainly won't overcome the pain which may be keeping you awake. You need to address the cause and consulting a pain-management doctor may be worthwhile. ...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
My allergy medicine is not working. I am taking cetrizin HCL antihistamine. I also took benadryl (diphenhydramine) and loratadine tablet but not working. At nighttime while sleeping feel ok but once you get up and move then symptom comes back.
See physician: A 51-year-old male with allergy symptoms taking cetirizine, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) and loratadine without improvement. See an allergist to determine what you are allergic to and also to determine if there is something else going on, like a sinus infection. Add a nasal steroid spray (OTC Flonase or Nasacort) twice a day as well. ...Read more
I take Sertraline HCL 50 MG and Trazodone 150 MG Is it ok to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy liqui-Gels 25 MG with the other meds?
For what?: All meds have potential adverse effects and the more meds you are on increases this risk. Both sertraline and trazodone are antidepressants, but you are likely taking trazodone for sleep and these 2 are not an uncommon combo. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is also sedating. If you need Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies talk to your doc about tapering down trazodone. Also consider seeing an allergist ...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
It should not: This would not cause a false positive. ...Read more
Yes.: There are numerous studies & case reports in the medical literature of deaths due to either accidental or intentional overdoses of Diphenhydramine (benadryl). The drug has a high therapeutic index meaning the dose needed to cause death is many times higher than that needed to produce beneficial effects. It's always a good idea to be cautious with all drugs — prescribed, otc, herbal or homeopathic. ...Read more
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