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Doxylamine Succinate Dosage By Weight
Can I take my normal dose of Claritin 10mg and take alkaseltzer plus nighttime which has doxylamine succinate 6.25mg?
Yes: The FDA approved, label dosages for insomnia are from 25-50 mg nightly. We use this medication off-label routinely to treat morning sickness in pregnant women at higher doses than this. Overall it is a very safe and well tolerated medication. It can cause urinary retention in older people with prostate or bladder issues though. ...Read more
Unisom: Is not considered to be addictive in that there are no withdrawal side effects. Its use over a long period is not recommended as it has anticholinergic side effects that can interfere with memory, attention and ability to deal with outside stimuli. Do not take it with other sedatives or antihistamines like Zyrtec (cetirizine). ...Read more
Not a good idea:
1 800 222 1222 is the number for poison control if this occurs and......
Have somebody take you to the emergency room to get your stomach pumped. Anticholinergic side effects can include, racing hert, pounding chest, hallucinations, seizures, dry mouth, thickened secretions. ...Read more
Not a good idea:
Recommended dose of this antihistamine 25 mg.
"Doxylamine, a first-generation antihistamine, is identified in the Beers Criteria as a potentially inappropriate medication to be avoided in patients 65 years and older (independent of diagnosis or condition) due to its potent anticholinergic properties resulting in increased risk of confusion, dry mouth, constipation, and anticholinergic effects" ...Read more
Sure: Depending on other medications/treatments and your prior medical history -- should be fine. Hope that helps! ...Read more
If you are fine by the time you are reading this answer, then nothing happened. Doxylamine is in an antihistamine: it can make you tired, dry mouse, dizzy, etc. the effects should wear off in a few hours, if you are healthy.
If you do this medication for fun do not do it. Find some other ways to have fun. I treat a lot of patients who got hooked on medications quickly ...Read more
Is it ok to use doxylamine succinate at 25-50 mg for more than 2 weeks. Also, how long of a break is needed between 2 wks of using it? Thanks
Yes it is ok: Doxylamine succinate is a first generation antihistamine and is used for allergy.As compared to the second generation antihistamines like loratadine(Claritin)it will cause drowsiness. But if you can tolerate and have no side effects you can take it in dose of 25mgm longer than 2weeks. But I advise my patients to switch to second generation antihistamines like Claritin, Allegra,Zyrtec or Xyzal. ...Read more
Doxylamine is not a sleeping medication.
It is an Antihistamine which makes you drowsy
Conflicts with parents, relationships with turmoil and separations, peer pressure, work and finances can cause Anxiety and sleep problem
Trust your body to have sleep as it has done for 21 years
Exercise in evening
Use Breathing Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Meditation, Music
See a Psychiatrist ...Read more
Doxylamine: Doxylamine succinate trouble of the active ingredient in Unisom, is a non-habit-forming antihistamine that promotes sleep. As long as you tolerate it well, it should not hurt you to take a half a tab of that each evening, but it would be better if you could figure out a way not to take it every night. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
50 mg is safe: Doxylamine is an antihistamine that is prescribed for sedation. The usual doseage is 6 to 50 mg at night. Doxylamine is not addictive. Do not use it with other antihistamines or sedatives or alcohol! Dry mouth or dizziness is possible; headache would be uncommon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There are no interactions between these two medications. ...Read more
Caution Required: Both drugs have similar "mechanisms of action." therefore, the effects they produce are "additive" and, in theory, can pile up to create more effects than would be predicted if each drug were taken by itself... Almost as if 1+1=3! Both drugs produce sedation and have anti-histamine properties. So, excessive sleepiness or agitation can happen. Be cautious. Speak to your provider or pharmacist! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: If you use them together, they will each make the other's sedative (sleepiness) effect worse. This could hamper your ability to drive or concentrate. Be careful about how you use them together. Generally you should probably avoid them together unless there is a strong need and your doctor is supervising. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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