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I understand that one cannot become addicted to antihistamines, however, can't people become addicted to the sedating effects of drugs?

I understand that one cannot become addicted to antihistamines, however, can't people become addicted to the sedating effects of drugs?

Tolerance: You become tolerant to the sedative effect of first generation antihistamines and with time you will no longer feel sedated from them. If you are using then as a sleep aid, will you need more with time to achieve the same level of sedation. It is not an addiction, it is tolerance to the medication. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more


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What are sedating antihistamines for insomnia?

Benadryl.....: is probably the most readily available sedating antihistamine. It is a common ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) preparations for sleep, such as Tylenol PM -- the PM part is diphenhydramine, the generic name for Benadryl. Another one I like to use is hydroxyzine (also known as Vistaril or Atarax) but that is only available as a prescription, however its metabolite is Zyrtec, which is OTC. ...Read more

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If I have developed resistance to benadryl's sedating effects( +/-150mg), will it still work4allergy?

If I have developed resistance to benadryl's sedating effects( +/-150mg), will it still work4allergy?

Give it a try: Diphenhydramine (benedryl) is a very effective antihistamine, holding on to histamine binding sites better than some products. Its drawback other than sedation has been its limited duration of effect, eclipsed by products like zyrtec that can last all day. Sedation is not a measure of its worth, only its ability to get into your brain and mess with neurotransmitters. ...Read more

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If i take Benadryl before getting on a plane, will the sedation from it help with my plane anxiety?

If i take Benadryl before getting on a plane, will the sedation from it help with my plane anxiety?

Causes drowsiness: Might suggest this be dealt with like one handles stage fright. Try a beta-blocker like propanalol or timolol. Another choice, alprazolam, which could keep you more awake. Talk to your doc, as these approaches are all generic and relatively cheap. ...Read more

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My son is scheduled for dental work with sedation tomorrow & has to fast from tonight. Is it safe to give Benadryl in the morning for motion sickness?

My son is scheduled for dental work with sedation tomorrow & has to fast from tonight. Is it safe to give Benadryl in the morning for motion sickness?

Not our decision: If your son is being put to sleep for his treatment, the medication may interact with the general anesthetic. The doctor rendering the treatment must make this decision. Call them. ...Read more

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I have tried all OTC antihistamines and they all make me dizzy with delirium. Would Xyzal be a good one to try or would it most likely do the same?

I have tried all OTC antihistamines and they all make me dizzy with delirium. Would Xyzal be a good one to try or would it most likely do the same?

Probably: You can try it but if Zyrtec affects you like that, Xyzal will probably do the same since they are nearly identical. Sounds like you need to control allergy symptoms in other ways. You can get triamcinolone and cromolyn nasal sprays without a prescription. You can also get antihistamine nasal spray by prescription, that should have fewer side effects than pills. ...Read more

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When should you take an antihistamine?

When should you take an antihistamine?

Multiple reasons: Depending on the type of antihistamine used they can be used to treat things such as allergy symptoms, nausea, dizziness, motion sickness, anxiety, itching, and difficulty sleeping. ...Read more

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What are the common uses of antihistamine?

Antihistamine 4 itch: Antihistamines (ah) block histamine receptors and stop histamine from causing itching and swelling. They are mainly used to treat allergies and hives. Some are sedating; those are used as sleep aids. Many otc sleep meds contain Diphenhydramine (benadryl). ...Read more

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I am about to take an antihistamine for the first time but my friends tell me to use it before bedtime. Will I still feel the effects the next day?

I am about to take an antihistamine for the first time but my friends tell me to use it before bedtime. Will I still feel the effects the next day?

Depends on the med: Some antihistamines are more sedating than others. Medications like Benadryl can definitely cause sedation. Newer antihistamines like Allegra and Claritin are non-sedating and Zyrtec is sedating in roughly 10-20% of patients. ...Read more

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Tavist (Definition)

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