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I take a mix of 200 mg of Diphenhydramine and 2 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) for sleep have been for 5 years. Dangers? How do I quit?

I take a mix of 200 mg of Diphenhydramine and 2 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) for sleep have been for 5 years. Dangers? How do I quit?

Addiction: Addiction is the primary danger, and inefficacy (sleeping drugs don't fundamentally work very we'll after so long). To get off these drugs you will need the help of a good sleep specialist or psychiatrist or addictionologist. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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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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My face has been hurting a lot for a while. i heard it could be an allergy to aleve, should i quit? didnt take any today, im taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) for aller

My face has been hurting a lot for a while. i heard it could be an allergy to aleve, should i quit? didnt take any today, im taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) for aller

Unlikely: It is unlikely that is could be due to Aleve (naproxen). You may have sinus pressure from allergies or a sinus infection. Other causes of facial pain could include Temporomandibular joint pain or trigeminal neuralgia. ...Read more

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Help i've been taking off brand Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for two years and now I am trying to quit so i haven't taken it for two days. I haven't slept in two night and my nose is so clogged i can't breathe! ?

Help i've been taking off brand Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for two years and now I am trying to quit so i haven't taken it for two days. I haven't slept in two night and my nose is so clogged i can't breathe! ?

OTC antihistamine: If there wasn't a medical reason for being off benadryl (diphenhydramine), (diphenhydramine) why not switch to a newer class of antihistamine like claritin, zyrtec, or allegra, all of which are otc like benadryl (diphenhydramine). If there is a medical reason to avoid antihistamines, then see your ENT to help open your nose up without addictive nasal sprays like afrin. ...Read more

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Is diphenhydramine adictave?

Is diphenhydramine adictave?

No: The antihistamine is does not have addictive qualities. Yet a person can become habit driven to continue any product/medication/coffee/food etc.Habituation is a strong force in ones life to continue past patterns. If stopped, a longing for that product can be quite strong, but it does not produce the physical addiction entails. ...Read more

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Can i cut diphenhydramine in half?

Can i cut diphenhydramine in half?

Depends: Some Diphenhydramine comes in capsules and some in solid pills. You can cut the pills but the capsules will just squish, break open and spill the contents. If capsules are all you have, you can dissolve the contents in water and drink half or something we do with patients at times is to mix it with jello and have them eat the proper amount. ...Read more

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Is 150 mg of diphenhydramine okay?

too much: This is too much diphenhydramine, you should not take such high doses before checking with a doctor or guided by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can i cut a diphenhydramine in half?

Can i cut a diphenhydramine in half?

Tabs, yes: It is not practical to cut a capsule, but a scored tablet can be easily cut with a pill cutter. There are many formulations of Diphenhydramine in case a lower than usual dose is required. ...Read more

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What color are diphenhydramine pills?

DiphenhydramineColor: Usually they are pink or pink and white if capsules; but I do not know if soem generic version scould be white. ...Read more

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Can I take 75mg of Diphenhydramine HCI?

Can I take 75mg of Diphenhydramine HCI?

Probably but why?: Adult dosing is 25-50 mg every 4-6 hours as needed. Maximum dosing is listed as 100mg per dose up to a total of 300 to 400mg per day. I'm just wondering your reason for taking 75mg, as this medicine is sedating, and can make you sleepy. If the 25-50 mg isn't strong enough, maybe there's something else better for you to try. Discuss this with your doctor, who might have a better suggestion for you. ...Read more

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Benadryl (Definition)

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