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Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or simply sleep good for insomnia?

Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or simply sleep good for insomnia?

Temporarily: Taking otc meds and even prescription pills are ok for a short term basis. Insomnia is often a multifaceted issue that needs proper evaluation and treatment. Often proper sleep hygiene is enough to correct the problem without the need for medications. As with any sleep aid, physical dependence is possible so avoid regular use. It is best to consult with a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can you take 75 mg diphenhydramine HCl (tylenol (acetaminophen) simply sleep) with .5 mg diazepam (valium)?

Can you take 75 mg diphenhydramine HCl (tylenol (acetaminophen) simply sleep) with .5 mg diazepam (valium)?

Probably: I think you mean 5 mg of diazepam, not .5. 75 mg of diphenydramine is a bit high. Tegether, they synergize for additional sedation. Alone, it is probably not enough to be a problem, but if combined with other sedating agents or alcohol, you would be taking a risk, possibly a serious one. ...Read more

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I have severe insomnia caused by lexapro. What can I take together to make me sleep: zzzquil, nyquil, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) melatonin, clonidine?

I have severe insomnia caused by lexapro. What can I take together to make me sleep: zzzquil, nyquil, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) melatonin, clonidine?

Call doctor: In my practice, with my patients, I have rarely seen anyone develop severe insomnia because of lexapro (escitalopram). They may have had insomnia previously, and it's more noticeable as the depression improves. In any event, if you are experiencing side effects from a medicine, call your doctor for an appointment to discuss this in person and in detail. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take one 25mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) capsule solely as a sleep aid? Insomnia for a week, taking a toll on my physical and emotional well being.

Is it safe to take one 25mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) capsule solely as a sleep aid? Insomnia for a week, taking a toll on my physical and emotional well being.

Yes : One week should be okay. As long as the package inserts are followed. In the long term you'll benefit most from educating yourself about proper sleep hygiene as opposed to a quick fix with pills. ...Read more

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Can psychiatric meds rewire the brain to create a neverending insomnia? I can only sleep using Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & am worried for my future. Everyones sleeping

Can psychiatric meds rewire the brain to create a neverending insomnia? I can only sleep using Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & am worried for my future. Everyones sleeping

Insomnia: Insomnia may be caused by multiple conditions. Disrupted sleeping cycle by changing sleeping and waking up hours (shift work sleeping disorder) or hyperactive states (bipolar, adhd, drug abuse) or depression may be common reasons for that problem. Anxiety and ptsd, breathing disorders like COPD or sleep apnea can contribute. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is helpful and not addictive. Make a consultation now! ...Read more

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Is stopping diphenhydramine for sleep going to cause any rebound insomnia or other symptoms? If so how long to overcome rebound symptoms?

Is stopping diphenhydramine for sleep going to cause any rebound insomnia or other symptoms? If so how long to overcome rebound symptoms?

Dependance: I am not aware of any dependance related to this drug (antihistamine), but the symptome of insomnia probably needs to be addressed probably with some lifestyle changes and some physical activity during the day to make you feel more tired and desiring to sleep without medications. Hope this is somewhat helpful. ...Read more

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I have severe insomnia with no sleep at all. diphenhydramine+melatonin and ambien (zolpidem) both work for me, but both are giving me chest pain. What to do?

I have severe insomnia with no sleep at all. diphenhydramine+melatonin and ambien (zolpidem) both work for me, but both are giving me chest pain. What to do?

See your doctor: There are many causes of insomnia. It is important to contact your doctor to get a proper assessment , appropriate testing and referral to specialists if needed. In some cases there may be multiple causes going on simultaneously. There are many over the counter and prescription medications used to help with sleep, but the most effective approach is to diagnose and treat underlying cause(s). Best. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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