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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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Can taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) daily cause heart palpitations? Is this safe? Taking to sleep

Possibly: Make sure that the medication you are taking does not have a decongestant (look on the "Active Ingredients" list for "pseudo ephedrine" or "phenylephrine"). If present, that may be what is causing the palpitations; switch to a pill that contains ONLY "diphenhydramine." ...Read more

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Is it safe for an 11 year old who weighs 81lbs to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin every night as a sleep aid together?

Is it safe for an 11 year old who weighs 81lbs to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin every night as a sleep aid together?

Yes and no: The answer to your question is yes it is safe. The next question that comes to my mind though, is why she needs a sleep aid every night at age 11. If she has a type of sleep initiation disorder,have behavioral interventions with her bedtime routine been tried, including no computer or LED screen time for two hours prior to bed? Will meditation and relaxation techniques help rather than chronic med ...Read more

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Poor sleep 5+yrs. Had allergies 2nights ago & took benadryl (diphenhydramine). Best sleep in YEARS 2nights in a row. Is benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe as sleep aid? Need restful SLEEP

Poor sleep 5+yrs. Had allergies 2nights ago & took benadryl (diphenhydramine). Best sleep in YEARS 2nights in a row. Is benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe as sleep aid? Need restful SLEEP

Safe: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine and good for seasonal allergies. It's side effect is sleepiness which you are using to your advantage. Only problem is over time it looses this side effect. So intermittent use especially if with allergic symptoms should be ok. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take valerian root capsules and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together? Had to stop taking my prescription sleep aid bc it gave me unusual thoughts...

Sleep aids: It usually is not recommended to take an antihistmine with valerian. In addition long term useofvaleriakn may cause heart palpatations and liver disease. ...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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If i take benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to sleep and dont get any side effects like dry mouth, will taking hydroxyzine give me dry mouth? bad taking everyday?

May be: Side effects are unpredictable, hydroxyzine is rather a stronger antihistamine than Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) you don't want to combine them unless under doctor's supervision. As for taking hydroxyzine daily, some do but again under doctor's advice and supervision. Tolerance can develop, meaning that you have to increase the dose to get the same effect, best wishes ...Read more

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Due to my depression & biploarism disorders I have trouble sleeping at night. Is it safe to take a 25 mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night?

Don't know your: Other medications (only see herbals listed). It may be alright but likely not the best choice. Please discuss with your psychiatrist first. In meantime, use good 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, >. ...Read more

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What is a safe way to get to sleep? Can i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin together? Are there any OTC meds to relax muscles? My legs cramp and spasm.

What is a safe way to get to sleep? Can i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin together? Are there any OTC meds to relax muscles? My legs cramp and spasm.

Sleep hygiene plus: Consistent sleep & wake hours; keeping a cool, dark sleeping room; no computer or tv in there; comfortable bedding; practice relaxation methods before sleep; establish a sleep ritual like hot bath, etc; no daytime naps; finish meals at least 3 hours before sleep; avoid alcohol, or caffeine within 4 - 6 hours of bedtime. Magnesium glycinate or citrate may help muscle cramps & relaxation. ...Read more

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Is taking 100mg of diphenhydramine to sleep at night safe?

Is taking 100mg of diphenhydramine to sleep at night safe?

Exceeds recomended: This is twice the recommended dose as a sleep aid. The general therapuetic dose is up to 1mg/kg so you might tolerate this dose ok if you weigh at or above 220 lb. At this level caution is advised.You would likely remai groggy for 4-8 hours under the effects of the medication.Operation of a motor vehicle or tools would be unwise. ...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