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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Diphenhydramine Abuse

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Long term effects of diphenhydramine are what?

Long term effects of diphenhydramine are what?

Dried up and sleepy: Why would you want to take benadry (the brand name for diphenhydramine) long term? Fagetaboutit. ...Read more

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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

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


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Is there a long term effects from Benadryl (diphenhydramine) everynight?

Diphenhydramine or: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may cause sedation the next day (due to its long half-life), decreased alertness, diminished cognitive function, delirium, dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary retention, constipation, and increased intraocular pressure (glaucoma). It can also interact with many medications. Routine use of for long term treatment of insomnia is not recommended and should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any long term effects associated with the daily use of 50mg diphenhydramine?

Are there any long term effects associated with the daily use of 50mg diphenhydramine?

Short term use is ok: Long term use of drugs, even over-the-counter ones, should be under a doctor's supervision. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 50mg a day is ok for a few weeks in an average adult. It can lose its effectiveness when used long term. In older folks, it can lead to slower thinking, dizziness, and perhaps blood pressure changes. Since Benadryl has sedating effects, alcohol & other sedatives should be avoided. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of take massive am outs of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help with sleep at night? I've been taking 500 to 800 mg doses every night.

What are the long term effects of take massive am outs of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help with sleep at night? I've been taking 500 to 800 mg doses every night.

Taper off!: You have likely become habituated to this medication. Putting multiple times recommended amounts of any substance or chemical is to be discouraged. There have been reports of overdoses with respiratory depression and hallucinations at high doses of benadryl (diphenhydramine). Your body will process what it can, store what it can't until you reach a toxic level. That level is different for everyone. ...Read more

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What effects would diphenhydramine abuse have on a person who takes between 20-50 (25 mg) pills every night?

What effects would diphenhydramine abuse have on a person who takes between 20-50 (25 mg) pills every night?

Reassurance: 25--50 mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) daily for night sleep is not considered as abuse of medication and do not have significant side effects. But....you are young and please, make a break for 1-2-3 days to try sleep naturally. ...Read more

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Is there a home drug test to test for diphenhydramine o.t.c. abuse? I suspect my husband is abusing it

Very doubtful: There's info here: https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Diphenhydramine
But, I'm concerned too about your relationship. Suspicion is often as harmful as the behavior in question. Consider Couple's Therapy after a few prep sessions for you alone to learn how to communicate concern w/o blame. A test would do nothing to help resolve any problem. Best wishes 2U2. ...Read more

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Long term effects of ecstasy abuse?

Long term effects of ecstasy abuse?

See below: Depression, emotinal instability, stroke and intellectual impairment. ...Read more

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What are long term effects of abusing speed?

What are long term effects of abusing speed?

A girl named fred?: But besides that, there was an old saying in the drug hayday of the 60s and 70s (AMONG DRUG USERS) that "SPEED KILLS." That's because it does. Amphetamines, particularly methamphetamine, ages the body prematurely, can cause paranoid schizophrenia like episodes that can become permanent, and if used IV is associated with AIDS, hep C, endocarditis, if smoked causes "crack lung" and is bad for you! ...Read more

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Are the long term effects to memory from cocaine abuse reversible?

Are the long term effects to memory from cocaine abuse reversible?

Not fully: Can work to improve (with pencil & paper or computer games, etc.), but unlikely to see >80% of prior function (unless minimally impaired). Worth the effort! ...Read more

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What long term effects of abusing vicodan and percocet are common?

What long term effects of abusing vicodan and percocet are common?

Many: The most serious side effect is brain damage. Abuse wil invariably lead to severe physical dependance by causing neuroimaging verified changes in neurocircuitry pathways of the brain, thereby causing addiction, a chronic condition viewed by many experts as a form of brain damage. It will enslave the core of your being in every sense. ...Read more

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What long term effects of alcohol abuse are common?

What long term effects of alcohol abuse are common?

Varied and severe: Long term alcohol abuse has a variety of negative physical and psychological symptoms including vitamin deficiency, liver damage, premature aging, dementia, and chronic sleep deficiency due to inhibition of rem sleep. It is nothing to take lightly, and treatment should be sought as soon as possible to avoid the start of permanent damage. ...Read more

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What are long term effects on amphetamine abuse?

What are long term effects on amphetamine abuse?

A number of things: Such as malnutrition from the anorexic effects, insomnia, mood disorder, psychosis, paranoia and violence towards self or others. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of methamphetamine abuse?

What are the long term effects of methamphetamine abuse?

Methamphetamine abus: Has many negative consequences, including addiction. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease, characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, accompanied by functional and molecular changes in the brain. In addition to being addicted to methamphetamine, chronic abusers exhibit symptoms that can include anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, and violent behavior. ...Read more

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What long-term effects does chronic amphetamine abuse have on your body?

Significant.: Chronic weight loss and anorexia. .. In children it can cause slow maturation and retarded growth.
If you constantly drive your car 80 mph instead of 55mph, your engine will die young.
Amphetamines cause your heart to go 80 instead of 55. ...Read more

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What long-term effects does chronic amphetamine use or abuse have on your body?

What long-term effects does chronic amphetamine use or abuse have on your body?

Methamphetamine: Long term, methamphetamine abuse can cause violent or psychotic behavior, mood disorders, hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. It can cause brain damage, and trigger a stroke. If you are using, get help now. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of adderall, Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and ritalin abuse?

What are the long term effects of adderall, Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and ritalin abuse?

Stimulant abuse: Effects of long-term stimulant abuse can include paranoia, aggressiveness, extreme anorexia, thinking problems, visual and auditory hallucinations, delusions, and severe dental problems. ...Read more

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My son has been taking excessive amounts of benadryl, (diphenhydramine) 12-20 pills at a time, to get high. What are the dangers, & long term health effects?

My son has been taking excessive amounts of benadryl, (diphenhydramine) 12-20 pills at a time, to get high. What are the dangers, & long term health effects?

Not good: Generally a safe drug from allergies, and toxicity in usual dosages.
Usually makes people sleep before "high",
but. A bad idea to overdose with anything!, . ...Read more

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What are long term side effects of diphenhydramine antihistamines and do they lose effectiveness over time? K

What are long term side effects of diphenhydramine antihistamines and do they lose effectiveness over time? K

Minimal: Diphenhydramine is the active ingredient in Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and has been around for a very long time. Like most antihistamines, there is not believed to be long term side effects. Losing effectiveness is less well studied, but with ongoing use there could be some development of tolerance or it could be that you are still being exposed to an allergen and that is why symptoms are not controlled. ...Read more

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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) usage over a long term produce cause similar sexual side effects that ssris produce?

Unlikely: Ssri side effects are very well established where as antihistamine use and sexual side effects are not that well established. I would be more concerned about long term use of antihistamine and the reasons for it. Are you using it for sleep, allergy? Consult a psychiatrist as theses may be residual sx of depression and treatment may need to be optimized. ...Read more

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Daily use of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep aid on a 16 month old. Are there long term side effects?

Daily use of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep aid on a 16 month old. Are there long term side effects?

Nothing major: Benadryl can alter the sleep pattern some with diminished time in deep (recuperative) sleep stage. I would never consider chronic use in an infant. I would encourage you to write down all your prior sleep related efforts along with what happens at bedtime. Bring this in to discuss with the kids doc. ...Read more

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Are there long-term consequences to taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) regularly?

No: When taken at recommended doses there are no cumulative adverse effects from the long-term use of Diphenhydramine (benadryl) or any other commonly used antihistamine. ...Read more

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Will taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on a regular long term basis cause dental problems?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) an antihistamine, often causes drowsiness and has been used as a sleeping aid. It's primary negative affect orally is that it decreases salivary flow which can lead to increased bacterial adhesion to tooth structure. If you brush and floss before bed and when you wake in the morning, you should not have problems. 6 month cleanings and exams should be done regardless. ...Read more

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Association of long-term use of diphenhydramine and dementia. Does dementia improve after discontinuing diphenhydramine?

Maybe: Your brain uses a chemical called acetylcholine in the formation of memory. Drugs that help enhance acetylcholine are used in the treatment of dementia. Drugs that are anticholinergic such as diphenhydramine can worsen memory in dementia patients. Removal of this drug can help the memory. Hope this helps. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Long term use of children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) vs zyrtec. Which one works best with the least chance of becoming tolerant or non responsive? Should I alternate

Allergy Meds: One should see an allergist to identify the allergens ang get appropriate treatment. Long term use of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or zurtec specially at young age without physician supervision is harmful. ...Read more

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Developed clindamycin rash the day after I finished, last pill 30 hours ago. I am on Benadryl (diphenhydramine) from the doc. How long does the rash and effects last.?

Developed clindamycin rash the day after I finished, last pill 30 hours ago. I am on Benadryl (diphenhydramine) from the doc. How long does the rash and effects last.?

Variable: Can stay for some time, we don't know for sure if it is related to the clindamycin? If it doesn't go away, revisit your doctor, usually benadryl (diphenhydramine) would suffice. For your safety later on, avoid clindamycin and tell your providers of the rash, unless it is really necessary to take the clindamycin again, it should be through an allergist, good luck ...Read more

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How long does it take for diphenhydramine hci to completely leave your body?

A while: The half life listed for this med is 4.3 hours. (time for 1/2 to be gone) that means after 8.6 hours about 1/4 of the original dose is still around. Recommended dosing is every 6 hours & at that frequency it should not build up excess levels in the blood. ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

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