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Sleep Aids Without Diphenhydramine
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
I'm not sleeping at night. I've tried prescription sleep aid otc sleep aids and nothing helps. Please help me?
Insomnia: poor sleeping habit, depression, anxiety , preoccupation, drinking stimulating beverages before sleep (coffee, cafeinated beverages) can cause insomnia, if there is a TV in the bedroom try to turn it off, turn off all lights, try to go to bed at the same time every night, it may be hard at first but with time it be easier, if there is depression or anxiety try to talk to someone (counselor/psych) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most definitely: ...Esp. If you tend to suffer from other "atopic" problems such as seasonal allergies, hayfever, congestion, eczema, mild asthma, sensitive stomach, itching, frequent headaches late in the day, etc. Did you have tonsils removed, frequent ear infections as a child, or recurrent sinus problems? Then very likely it will help you. Those are very likely related the the reasons you can't get to sleep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Temporarily: Taking otc meds and even prescription pills are ok for a short term basis. Insomnia is often a multifaceted issue that needs proper evaluation and treatment. Often proper sleep hygiene is enough to correct the problem without the need for medications. As with any sleep aid, physical dependence is possible so avoid regular use. It is best to consult with a sleep specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon) ,lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Antihistamines are not recommended for regular use. Tolerance can develop. Review with your doctor other options. ...Read more
Yes it is possible.: Though rare, there have been reported cases of insomnia (sleep problems ) , restlessness and agitation with use of diphenhyramine (benadryl).Common side effects include, constipation/diarrhea/ drowsy/headache report these to your doctor as soon as possible, confused, agitated, nervous, irregular or fast heartbeat, tremor, trouble passing urine. Please see doctor for proper diagnosis and care. ...Read more
What sedatives work best Ambien cr, sonata, (zaleplon) lunesta, rozerem or silenor?I take restoril but doesn't work.I can't sleep unless i take an extra seroquel.
Don't get dependent: Taking more and more sleep meds is a dangerous path. Figure out why you can't sleep; see your primary care md first. Eliminate caffeine; don't exercise too late in the evening; stay away from your cell phone and other bright screens just before going to bed. Don't go to bed until you're sleepy. May need referral to sleep lab. Try to get off all sleep meds. Good luck! ...Read more
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): For most people, and if used as needed, yes. ...Read more
I take 25mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to aid in me falling asleep, rather then taking any sleep meds. Any better alternatives?
Good habits: Good habits : -regular sleep time -no TV/light source in the bedroom -cool temperature -no caffeinated drinks late afternoon -no computer games before bed time -regular exercise during the day -calming breathing exercising before sleep Can also consider calming teas, herbal suplements ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No guarantee: I'm afraid ther is no guarantee. Some of the over the counter things taken can actually make some people's sleep issues worse (like in the case of RLS and antihistamines (benadryl). Just be careful on using something to help with sleep even if "natural." find out what is causing you to have trouble falling asleep if you can. ...Read more
Daytime sleepiness: Daytime sleepiness is a symptom rather than an disease with a cure. It can be a very dangerous symptom due to the risk of accidents at work or driving etc. You can see how sleepy your are by googling ess and completing the scale. One would start treatment by seeing their primary care to try and clarify the cause. Causes might include shift work, sleep apnea, insomnia, medications, or narcolepsy. ...Read more
Healthy sleep habits: Another sleep aid is changing your sleep habits. Look up healthy sleep habits online. http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/healthy-sleep-tips. Create a consistent wake time and avoid naps. Go to bed only when you are tired. If you can't fall asleep within 20 mins, get out of bed until you're tired again. Avoid substances that impact sleep, like drugs and alcohol. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Benzodiazepine : Unfortunately, the risk of grogginess is essentially the same with either drug as they are both benzodiazepines. In my clinical experience, it is very difficult to predict which patient will have grogginess or not as we all metabolize drugs differently. ...Read more
I can't stay asleep through the night. Tried melatonin, Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) doxylamine succinate, and RX's. Tips to stay asleep through the night?
Sleep habit: Assuming you have not been consuming caffeine after 3 p.m. and have no problem falling asleep, we will need to know your age and other medical conditions to provide you a guess. As we age, sleep tends to become more irregular and taking long naps will worsen it. Prostate issue , pain, nasal obstruction, sleep apnea, and anxiety also keep people awake. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: lower doses of melatonin (0.5 mg) actually work better than higher doses (like 3 mg) in most people. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the back part of the brain in response to light changing to dark, and malfunctions in many people, particularly those using sleeping pills regularly. It is a natural substance and does not produce dependency. ...Read more
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