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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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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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Severe insomnia. Have tried everything. Have taken two benadryl and 2 Ambien so far. Still can't sleep. Valerian root and melatonin don't work.

Severe insomnia. Have tried everything. Have taken two benadryl and 2 Ambien so far. Still can't sleep. Valerian root and melatonin don't work.

Many sources: Insomnia can be caused by anxiety, depression or anxiety. And, it can also be related to certain medications or substances. Your detailed history and other symptoms would help clarify your underlying condition to form an effective treatment plan. ...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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Itchy red blotches started on arms. Spread to neck, head, body, and legs. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) did not help. Difficulty sleeping. Ideas to help or what could be?

Itchy red blotches started on arms. Spread to neck, head, body, and legs. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) did not help. Difficulty sleeping. Ideas to help or what could be?

? HIVES: Sounds like hives/urticaria, but tough to diagnose rashes over the computer. See derm or your PCP for diagnosis and proper treatment. Good luck. ...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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I have a severe case of insomnia, how much Diphenhydramine is necessary for me to fall asleep ASAP? I'm 190lb

I have a severe case of insomnia, how much Diphenhydramine is necessary for me to fall asleep ASAP? I'm 190lb

Try 50 mg: But there is no guarantee that any dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) would help since there are many causes for insomnia. If your problem is this bad, you need to check with your doctor who may refer you for a sleep study if the problem is chronic. ...Read more

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Is it okay if I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night if I take adipex in the morning. I don't have trouble sleeping. I am just having a reaction to new soap?

Is it okay if I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night if I take adipex in the morning. I don't have trouble sleeping. I am just having a reaction to new soap?

Yes it is ok: Good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications, but please as for the adipex, make sure you follow the prescribing physician directions, best of luck ...Read more

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I took NyQuil about 1.5 hours ago and I still feel terrible and cannot sleep. Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine)? If not, can I take an over the counter sleep aid?

I took NyQuil about 1.5 hours ago and I still feel terrible and cannot sleep. Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine)? If not, can I take an over the counter sleep aid?

Same thing: They all contain Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (or similar) and thus taking another brand is likely doubling up. It probably won't hurt but may or may work either. If this is a persistent problem, then you need to have better sleeping habits (avoid bright light in the evening, no caffeine after noon, no vigorous exercise near bedtime etc). ...Read more

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Can you take melatonin at the same time as benadryl (diphenhydramine)? I take benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies but im still having trouble sleeping, don't want to mix what I cant.

Can you take melatonin at the same time as benadryl (diphenhydramine)? I take benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies but im still having trouble sleeping, don't want to mix what I cant.

Melatonin &Benadryl: You can take both melatonin and benadryl (diphenhydramine) together. They have different mechanisms of actions. However, they will have a synergistic effect (more sedation, drowsiness). Avoid alcohol and driving. Tips to help with sleep. Avoid stimulants (i.e., caffeine). Get plenty of exercise. Avoid late eating. Make sleep environment relaxing (no reading, no tv). ...Read more

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Sleep depravation one night led to a chain of sleepless nights. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) sleep hygiene melatonin and no stimulants won't help how can I stop the chain?

Sleep depravation one night led to a chain of sleepless nights. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) sleep hygiene melatonin and no stimulants won't help how can I stop the chain?

Insomnia: There are tons of different sleep aids available, but at this point your insomnia is also caused by the fear/anxiety of not being able to fall asleep. I've had good success with short as needed use of Lorazepam in select patients. It works like a champ for them up to a week and then they are able to sleep on their own. There's a concern of them being addictive, but short and as needed use is ok. ...Read more

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