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Does Benadryl Cause Vivid Dreams
Paradoxical effect: People often feel groggy and less rested in the morning after taking benadryl (diphenhydramine). Sleep is composed of repetitive cycles of non-rem and rem sleep. Dreams during rem sleep tend to be vivid, visual and story-like. It is thought that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) affects our rem sleep, possibly by decreasing it. Why decreased rem sleep causes vivid dreaming is a mystery, but it can. It's also common with antidepressants. ...Read more
What to do if every time I take a sleep aid with diphenhydramine in it, I have extremely vivid dreams?
Yes, it is true: I was curious about your question and found this report on NPR. it appears that cheese before bed can trigger vivid dreams, not nightmares. different types of cheese seem to trigger different types of dreams! it's facsinating, thanks for asking the question! http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4851485 ...Read more
Serotonin effect?: I don't believe anyone knows the exact mechanism, but vivid dreams are a well-known side effect of ssri antidepressants (prozac, zoloft, celexa, lexapro, (escitalopram) and paxil). Since the commonality of ssris is that they all increase the net effect of serotonin, this may somehow trigger more vivid dreaming. It's not harmful unless you can't sleep. ...Read more
Xanax (alprazolam): Not common, but yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Possibly: Zopiclone is a sleep medication from the so-called hypnotic family used in the UK for insomnia. It is well-known to cause vivid hallucinations, amnesia, confusion and other similar class-based symptoms (all hypnotics cause these to some degree). Although I have not not heard of patients reporting vivid dreams specifically, it is certainly possible given the other, similar known side effects. ...Read more
Yes dreams: Help us process things that are bothering us during the day. They are like windows to our unconscious feelings. Many forms of therapy use dream interpretation to help people understand their feelings and concerns. ...Read more
They Can: This can be a side effect of the use of opiates, both by prescription and otherwise. If you are using an opiate prescribed for you, and your dreams are bothering or frustrating you, talk with your physician. If you are using opiates obtained in other ways, you need to seek out help for a substance abuse problem. ...Read more
Elavil (amitriptyline): Not likely, but depends on the dose. ...Read more
Why do I have great vivid dreams every night? Why when I wake from the dream I feel as if the dream happended? This causes my depression to worsen.
Anxiety..: This could be part of your anxiety disorder. However, if you are taking any meds for anxiety and depression this could be the cause of the vivid dreams. In any case, please follow up soon with your mental health provider ASAP in order to address these issues and worsening of depression. If you are having suicidal ideas please call 1-800-273-8255(suicide hotline). ...Read more
What could be the cause for me having really vivid dreams the past three nights i rarely ever dream?
Meds: Medications may cause this.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can nightmares hurt my unborn baby? I have been experiencing very vivid dreams that cause my anxiety and blood pressure to go up.
Nightmares will NOT hurt your baby!! (BTW the reverse may be more common eg: fear of harming your baby--giving nightmares. Discuss your SLEEP HYGIENE with your Primary Care Provider! See what the reason for your vivid dreams may be...ask your OB-GYN if he/she has a suggestion BUT STOP WORRYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope this helps.....Good Luck
Dr Z ...Read more
Can the vitamin biotin cause vivid dreams? Every time i take this supplement I have numerous vivid and often scary or weird dreams.
What could cause really vivid dreams every night being able to remember everything every night. lack of appetite and libido?
Have you done a: sleep study? Sounds like you are not getting enough deep sleep rest. If true, you are staying too close to REM sleep, which robs you of enough rest to deal with the day after. You would have too much awareness proximity to dreaming, hence the vivid recall. This condition can be caused by depression, anxiety/manic states, nutritional toxicity, etc. See a doc. ...Read more
What could caused vivid dreams, high anxiety, zoning out, paranoia, confusion, exhaustion and irritability. I've been experiencing all out of nowhere.
U must seek out: professional help for these sudden constipation of symptoms.R u taking any meds of herbals?Start with your doctor.If they need extra help ask for a Referal to a psychiatrist.Seriously,don't let this get away from you.Act with all due haste.All the best.There is help out there to help u figure this out and get rapidly better. ...Read more
Sleep study: Sleep study would probably shed some light -no pun intended-. Overweight, for example is a condition sensed as normal (not sick) but still provoke certain problems, even serious sometimes. Ask your dr, have some checkup anyway (i know, you said you are not sick). Best wishes. ...Read more
Lexapro (escitalopram) may cause: vivid or unusual dreams as an uncommon side effect. Minastrin is Norethindrone, Ethinyl Estradiol, and Ferrous Fumarate and is not known to affect dreams. There are no significant interactions between them. If the dreams are not bad, enjoy them. If bad, consult prescriber. They may fade with continued use of Lexapro (escitalopram). Best regards for good health. ...Read more