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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Is it safe to give children Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to sleep when they're 10yo?

Is it safe to give children Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to sleep when they're 10yo?

Sleep: No. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Diphenhydramine can stick to the brain for 3 days impairing motor and skilled performance, judgment and memory etc. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give an 11-year-old child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to sleep?

Is it safe to give an 11-year-old child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to sleep?

NO: Benadryl/ Diphenhydramine is a medication used to decrease allergic reaction and not a medication for sleep. Sleep is a side effect if the medication. Other side effects include heart arrhythmia, nervous system dysfunction and more. ...Read more

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How safe and effective is 50mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep? 

Very: Diphenhydramine is the active ingredient in bendryl, and is also used on multiple other bedtime over the counter preparations to cause drowsiness - i.e., tylenol (acetaminophen) pm, simply sleep, etc. ...Read more

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Giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to a child to make them sleep, what systems shuting down w/overdose?

Giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to a child to make them sleep, what systems shuting down w/overdose?

Wrong: There is nothing to compare with normal child's sleep. It is the most tranquil form of sleep. Find out why your child cannot sleep for it is definitely abnormal and indicates an irritable nervous system. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to take 75 mg of Benadryl? Each pill is 25 mg. What would be my maximum dosage? What is and what is not safe? I'm using it to sleep.

Is it safe for me to take 75 mg of Benadryl? Each pill is 25 mg. What would be my maximum dosage? What is and what is not safe? I'm using it to sleep.

100 mg?: The margin of safety is quite high although you may end up with dry mouth and even constipation at higher doses. If Benadryl at 100 mg does not put you to sleep, it is unlikely that higher dose would do the job. Consider practicing better sleep hygiene (no bright light exposure a couple of hours prior to sleeping, avoid eating late etc). If problem persists, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My granddaughters take melatonin 3mg or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 50mg for sleep each night. Is this safe. They are 10 and 12 years old.

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My granddaughters take melatonin 3mg or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 50mg for sleep each night.  Is this safe. They are 10 and 12 years old.

Melatonin: If effective and as recommended by a child specialist. I would not advise high dose on regular basis, though. Parents need to review with their doctor the reasons for lack of sleep and remedy those. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help me sleep if If I had a red bull like 5 hrs ago. I kinda need to sleep now.

Is it safe to take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help me sleep if If I had a red bull like 5 hrs ago. I kinda need to sleep now.

Absolutely, yes: Hi. You poor thing. Insomnia sucks. Yes, by all means feel free to use Benedryl (diphenhydramine) to help you sleep. You may feel a little bit groggy when you get up. Sweet dreams. ...Read more

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Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for my three kids 8 9 and 4 when will they start to feel the effect of drowsiness. I will be giving them Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on the plane to help sleep?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for my three kids 8 9 and 4 when will they start to feel the effect of drowsiness. I will be giving them Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on the plane to help sleep?

Benedryl: Sedation will typically start 20-30 minutes after the dose. If giving a weight appropriate dose, it should be safe to give prior to the flight. However, some children have a paradoxical reaction to antihistamines, causing them to be hyperactive. You might want to think about that if you've never given your child Benedryl before. Have a great flight! ...Read more

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Can we give our son Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 4 hrs after a dose of Zyrtec? He has bouts with itching at night and can't sleep.

Can we give our son Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 4 hrs after a dose of Zyrtec?  He has bouts with itching at night and can't sleep.

Why itching?: It is medically safe to give the benadryl; however, the question leads to another - why is he having bouts of itching? Ideally, determining and treating the cause will be more effective then treating the symptoms. Does he have eczema? Does he have scabies? Does he have an allergy to the bedding/detergent used to clean the bedding? Consider the sources and eliminate them - or see local doc for eval ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 2 unisom for sleep instead of just the recommended 1? (They're 25mg doxylamine succinate) 1 doesn't work for me. Tried Benadryl (diphenhydramine) too

Is it safe to take 2 unisom for sleep instead of just the recommended 1? (They're 25mg doxylamine succinate) 1 doesn't work for me. Tried Benadryl (diphenhydramine) too

Check with doctor: Although it is probably OK to double up on the dose, each person is different and perhaps the drug is not the best one for you and may not work even with doubling the dose. The current trend is to cut the dose down instead of raising it as in the case of Ambien (zolpidem). A sleep study may be helpful if this is a chronic issue. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night as a sleeping aid?

Is it safe to use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night as a sleeping aid?

Have you tried good: sleep hygiene ? If you need chronic med - would recommend melatonin over benadryl (diphenhydramine). 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 ...Read more

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I just drank a bottle of sake but my allergies are killing me and I can't sleep. Would it be safe take to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

I just drank a bottle of sake but my allergies are killing me and I can't sleep. Would it be safe take to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Alcohol and sleep: Alcohol depresses the central nervous system (CNS). I would not recommend taking any other CNS depressant on top of alcohol. I would not advise taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) after drinking a bottle of sake. ...Read more

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I alternate between Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and klonopin (for sleep) is it safe to take klonopin for anxiety morning after taking a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep?

I alternate between Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and klonopin (for sleep) is it safe to take klonopin for anxiety morning after taking a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep?

Cannot fully endorse: Your information is of concern, as you describe issues with both sleep and anxiety and they may well relate. However, sounds like this may be getting more complex. You obviously have a sleep disorder, and may well need help with the anxiety. Please see a sleep specialist, and perhaps a psychiatrist, as there may be more success with an alternative approach. ...Read more

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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more