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How long would alcohol stay in your system? How long would I have to wait until I could take diphenhydramine as a sleep aid after my last drink?

How long would alcohol stay in your system? How long would I have to wait until I could take diphenhydramine as a sleep aid after my last drink?

Depends: Alcohol elimination depends on various factors including concomitant food consumption, other comorbidities, etc. Diphenhydramine is another sedating drug and isn't recommended to be taken with alcohol. See your physician for a full discussion. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/alcohol. Html ...Read more

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I have been using a sleep aid with phenibut for years. After quitting, I'm sleeping badly. How long will it take my GABA receptors to heal? Will they?

I have been using a sleep aid with phenibut for years. After quitting, I'm sleeping badly. How long will it take my GABA receptors to heal? Will they?

While the science: ...isn't clear on whether phenibut activates GABA receptors or not, the science IS clear that phenibut can be habit-forming. In general, it takes about 2-3 weeks to withdraw from dependence on phenibut. Keep in mind, however, that, if you had insomnia BEFORE starting the phenibut, it's likely to recur after your dependence on it is resolved. I encourage you to talk to a doctor about this. ...Read more

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What is a good sleep aid that is mostly natural and allows a full night's rest? I currently take ambien (zolpidem) to help ease my insomnia, but there are nights where it doesn't work or affect me at all. Basically, it's not very reliable.

What is a good sleep aid that is mostly natural and allows a full night's rest? I currently take ambien (zolpidem) to help ease my insomnia, but there are nights where it doesn't work or affect me at all. Basically, it's not very reliable.

A few: Insomnia is very annoying. I tell my ADHD patients to try Melatonin and to take chamomile calming tea 2-3 times a day. Personally like Tazo's brand. Stop TV/electronics 30 minutes before sleep. Use machine that makes calming droning sound next to bed. Hot shower and use lavender based lotion and comfy PJs. NO TV OR RADIO to lull to sleep. Use ambien (zolpidem) cautiously as can have some daytime drowsy pblms ...Read more

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Does health a2z sleep aid work?

Does health a2z sleep aid work?

Depends: The active ingredient that makes you "sleep better" is Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Benadryl is an anti-histamine, with a known side-effect profile of causing sedation/sleepiness. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC sleep aid that actually works?

Is there an OTC sleep aid that actually works?

Sleep hygiene.: Generally, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken the same time every morning, stay in bed if you awaken during the night, no naps during the day, no activities in bed other than sleeping and relations, don't eat within four hours of going to sleep. Melatonin supplementation can help, too. ...Read more

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Can there be a natural sleep aid out there that works?

Can there be a natural sleep aid out there that works?

Prevention: Not being able to sleep may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening. The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help. ...Read more

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Is it not good to take unisome sleep aid pills every night?

Is it not good to take unisome sleep aid pills every night?

It is better to use: Non-medication approaches to sleep better. Use excellent sleep hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows.
4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work material. ...Read more

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Would you recommend melatonin or benydryl to take as a sleep aid?

Would you recommend melatonin or benydryl to take as a sleep aid?

I would start with a: Recommendation for good sleep hygiene. I would only suggest Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for very short term use. I tend to recommend melatonin over benadryl (diphenhydramine). Try these sleep tips. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm >. ...Read more

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Could rexall sleep-aid really work?

Could rexall sleep-aid really work?

Yes: It contains Diphenhydramine hcl 25 mg. This is an anti-histamine which can cause drowsiness. It is for occasional sleep issues. ...Read more

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Might I take universal ZMA as a sleep aid?

Might I take universal ZMA as a sleep aid?

Yes: Zma is a preparation of zinc, magnesium and a b vitamin. It is marketed mainly as a strength building supplement but is also marketed as a sleep aid (they add tryptophan, which can enhance sleep). ...Read more

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Can melatonin work for an occasional sleep aid?

Yes: In my experience, melatonin has been very useful, and a lot safer than many prescription sleeping pills. May require 2 or 3 pills to help, but seems quite successful in very small amounts. In spite of otc status, if you have a sleep disorder, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take tazadone and a over-the-counter sleep aid?

Can I take tazadone and a over-the-counter sleep aid?

Would not advise: Trazodone dose is normally adjusted to improve sleep; adding a separate sleep aid makes it difficult to figure out when you have achieved the best dose of trazodone for your condition. You & your doctor will work together toward three obectives with dosing. Trazodone should help you
1 fall asleep quickly
2. Remain asleep all night
3.Not leave you groggy in the morning.
See your doctor if needed. ...Read more

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How risky is it to take a sleep aid pill every night?

How risky is it to take a sleep aid pill every night?

That depends: I would discuss the type of sleep aid with your pharmacist or physician. Many sleep medications specifically state that they are for short term use only. Some medications work through use of anti-histamines & their chronic use can sometimes lead to rebound insomnia. Chronic use of other sleeping medications may lead to tolerance. ...Read more

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If I take 4 50 mg of equate night time sleep aid is it gonna hurt me?

If I take 4 50 mg of equate night time sleep aid is it gonna hurt me?

It may be harmful: It may be harmful to take 200mg of diphenhydramine a night, since the recommended dose is 25-50mg a night. That means it is time to work with one's primary care doctor to see what the sleeping problem is all about. The doctor may refer one to a sleep doctor or other specialist as needed. ...Read more

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I take 3 times the recommended over the counter sleep aid. Is this Ok?

I take 3 times the recommended over the counter sleep aid. Is this Ok?

No: You need to follow the directions. Now the best thing to do is to see your doctor. Discuss your sleep issues and let your doctor tell you the best options ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it bad to take the sleep aid "zzzquil" every night?

Can you tell me is it bad to take the sleep aid "zzzquil" every night?

Not too bad: That is pretty close to taking a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night although over time your weight could go up and your body may get tolerant to it and the medication could lose it it effectiveness. If the side effects are an issue then you can talk to a doctor about alternatives although the best choice may good sleep hygiene including no television, internet or cell phone before bed. Stay safe! ...Read more

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How long does the night quill zzz sleep aid stay in your system? I took it at 11pm last night.

How long does the night quill zzz sleep aid stay in your system? I took it at 11pm last night.

Not too long: The active ingredient can be Diphenhydramine which is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) that causes the drowsy effect or any other similar antihistamines. Usually 4-6 hours. ...Read more

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I am taking phentrimine 35.7 and I took it this morning. I can't sleep is it safe to take OTC sleep aid?

I am taking phentrimine 35.7 and I took it this morning. I can't sleep is it safe to take OTC sleep aid?

Cant sleep: Phenterimine serves as a stmulant and is keeping you awake. Consult your doctor about reducing the dose of changing your medicamtion. ...Read more

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I take a 50mg sleep aid (generic brand) every night before bed. Tonight it wasn't working well so I took another for a total of 100mg. Is this okay?

I take a 50mg sleep aid (generic brand) every night before bed. Tonight it wasn't working well so I took another for a total of 100mg. Is this okay?

Probably: If not too drowsy it may be ok. Do not take anything regularly, you get tolerance. Take drug holidays. Try to sleep without meds, sleep with behavior modification. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I take sleep aid while on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Please tell me, could I take sleep aid while on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Maybe: Without knowing more about you and your health it is difficult to say. I would check with the doctor who prescribed the lexapro (escitalopram). A phone call may be all it takes. Also if you have to take something for sleep on a regular basis there may be something else going on and a sleep evaluation may benefit you... ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to take 2 50mg diphenhydramine dollar general sleep aid to sleep instead of just one?

Is it okay for me to take 2 50mg diphenhydramine dollar general sleep aid to sleep instead of just one?

The tablet is 25 mg: The tablet you buy over the counter is 25 mg so if you want to take two of them that will be 50 mg and it is OK to do that the only way to get 50 mg benadryl (diphenhydramine) tablet is via prescription so try two tablet of 25 and see if will help you sleep or not if you want to take total of 100 mg once to try that is ok but do not make it as habit ...Read more

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Can I take an over the counter sleep aid the night before surgery?

Can I take an over the counter sleep aid the night before surgery?

Probably not: It is not a good idea to take a sedative medication without discussing it first with the anesthesiologist performing your anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can I take a sleep aid if I have a fasting blood test in the morning?

Yes: It won't interfere with your testing if that is what you are asking. ...Read more

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Are there any negative effects of using Melatonin long term as a sleep aid?

Pretty safe: But, long-term use could lead to decreasing benefit if taken at too frequent intervals and at escalating amounts. But typically, can last a lot longer than many prescription sleeping pills. ...Read more

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Can I take Allegra (fexofenadine) D and wall-som sleep aid at the same time.

Can I take Allegra (fexofenadine) D and wall-som sleep aid at the same time.

Drug duplication: I assume you're referring to Wal-Som brand of diphenhydramine (https://www. Drugs. Com/otc/119159/wal-som. Html) which is often used for its sedative properties. In actuality, diphenhydramine is an antihistamine in same class as fexofenadine, active ingredient of Allegra (and Allegra-D) so there's duplication of drugs and potentially their effects. Check out https://goo. Gl/T9ytK3 for interactions ...Read more

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I can't take anything with an antihistamine. Is there a sleep aid without it?

I can't take anything with an antihistamine. Is there a sleep aid without it?

Yes: Zma is a preparation of zinc, magnesium and a b vitamin. It is marketed mainly as a strength building supplement but is also marketed as a sleep aid (they add tryptophan, which can enhance sleep). ...Read more

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I am wondering if it was safe for me to take a generic sleep aid to fall asleep?

Melatonin works well: But also use good sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or along w light reading or a warm bath. ...Read more

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If im pre pre menopause what's a safe sleep aid or a natural herb that I could take?

If im pre pre menopause what's a safe sleep aid or a natural herb that I could take?

Sleep hygeine & aids: Sleep can be improved by improving your sleep hygiene & with supplements. Get up daily at the same time, sleep at the same time, stop computer/tv one hour before sleep, dim all lights, avoid caffeine after noon, limit caffeine to 12oz or less, exercise earlier. Sleep aids to try are sleepy time tea with valerian root, calm's forte (homeopathic med), melatonin. Low Progesterone can decrease sleep. ...Read more

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If no over-the-counter sleep aid works and exercise doesn't work what can I do to help me go to sleep?

If no over-the-counter sleep aid works and exercise doesn't work what can I do to help me go to sleep?

Bedtime rituals: Do relaxing things before going to bed. Don't exercise within 2-3 hours of bedtime. Keep tv and computer out of bedroom. Room should be dark and cool. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. If you tend to worry, learn some relaxation exercises. If you can't fall asleep, don't stay in bed more than 30 minutes. Get up, do something relaxing, and go to bed when you get sleepy. If nothing works, talk to doctor. ...Read more

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Want to take night time sleep aid to get through bad weather tonight. Expired in november. Can I still take it?

Yes, you may.: Drugs make lose in potency over time, but do not become dangerous in pill form if outdated for only a few months to a year. It is likely to still be good. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Prescribed Hydroxyzine as a sleep aid. I take 25mg every night. Would I ever develop dependence/tolerance over the years?

Prescribed Hydroxyzine as a sleep aid. I take 25mg every night. Would I ever develop dependence/tolerance over the years?

Unlikely: This is primarily an antihistamine and usually safe. Caution has been issued that it may have some adverse effects on the heart for some patients especially among those over 65. Its anticholinergic effect may potentially impact memory functioin as well. On the whole, the risk for these side effects are low. ...Read more

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I have extremely helpful but I hate the idea of having to take a sleep aid too. Is there anything I can do without more medication?

I have extremely helpful but I hate the idea of having to take a sleep aid too. Is there anything I can do without more medication?

Yes, be sure that: You are using excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, >. ...Read more

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What prescribed sleep aid will not be habit forming? Have tried Restoril (temazepam) which works excellent but can be addicting. Help.

What prescribed sleep aid will not be habit forming? Have tried Restoril (temazepam) which works excellent but can be addicting. Help.

Have you: Tried trazodone or amitriptyline? Melatonin is OTC but can work great. Acupuncture is also excellent for insomnia. use good sleep hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at ...Read more

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I can't sleep. Even if I go to bed at 8 I wake @ 12. up till 3 or 4. Wake at 6.Melatonin not working. Can I take sleep aid as well? Other suggestions?

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I can't sleep. Even if I go to bed at 8 I wake @ 12. up till 3 or 4. Wake at 6.Melatonin not working. Can I take sleep aid as well? Other suggestions?

Can't sleep: Talk to your doctor about this to see if you need assessed for secondary insomnia (insomnia due to other organic or psychological factors) which can be treated. Meanwhile you can try the sleep hygiene techniques. Google those words for details. ...Read more

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I take. 5 mg ativan (lorazepam).Usually only at night because of attacks. Lately I notice I'm using it every day/night as sleep aid. Can't be good? What do I do

I take. 5 mg ativan (lorazepam).Usually only at night because of attacks. Lately I notice I'm using it every day/night as sleep aid. Can't be good? What do I do

Not a sleep aid: Ativan (lorazepam) disrupts normal sleep. It interferes with entry into REM stage sleep. Generally speaking as a short acting benzodiazepine it is not a good choice for anxiety disorders. What Ativan (lorazepam) is good for is the ICU treatment of life threatening uncontrolled seizures. It can also be used short term for alcohol withdrawal. Very occasional use for anxiety or panic that is situational is also accepted. ...Read more

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I'm on drug court and I want to take a sleep aid because I can't sleep I have a generic sleep aid but it has diphenhydramine hci in it will this make me test positive for anything or will it be ok to take it

The: The answer dr. Johnson provided is correct. There are reports that with very high doses, Diphenhydramine has in rare cases, led to false positive drug screening for benzodiazapines. However, if this were to occur, normally the sample would be retested using a more precise test and that would clear up the confusion. It is reported that it could also trigger a false positive for pcp (but this is also very rare).
Diphenhydramine is not a good choice for chronic problems with sleep. If you are in a program that requires drug testing, you might consider skipping the Diphenhydramine and working on sleep hygiene first. ...Read more