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Long Term Effects Of Diphenhydramine Abuse
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
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
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
What effects would diphenhydramine abuse have on a person who takes between 20-50 (25 mg) pills every night?
Please define abuse: How much and how often do you take it? ...Read more
Is there a home drug test to test for diphenhydramine o.t.c. abuse? I suspect my husband is abusing it
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Not that much: They are not that much different but diphenhyramine has been more widely used. ...Read more
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
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
Is 25mg diphenhydramine hci at night harmful? What about long term use? I'm weaning off xanax, (alprazolam) & this helps me get to sleep. I'm 66 & in good health. Getting off Xanax (alprazolam) has helped my memory!
Less than 12 hrs: Likely from 6 to 12 hrs.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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