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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.See 1 more doctor answer
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
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Xanax (alprazolam): Not common, but yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Sleep is not normal: When taking narcotics. This affects dream sleep as well.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Usually a fever: Usually fevers cause nightmares and strange dreams. But I guess anything is possible and everyone is diffrent. The real question is why are you cold while your sleeping in the first place?
Elavil (amitriptyline): Not likely, but depends on the dose.See 1 more doctor answer
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).
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