If diphenhydramine is a sleeping pill and an antihistamine, then why is it safe to take daily for allergy but not when insomnia is the issue?
Good question. As long as you don't exceed the dose or frequency on the label - they are equally risky/safe. Perhaps the concern more with insomnia than allergy is that sleep is a combo of physical and behavioral causes while allergy is considered all physical. So, some may think you should 1st try good sleep habits/hygiene before pills. Also they may fear dependence more w/ insomnia. Sharp thinking!
Is it safe to take one 25mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) capsule solely as a sleep aid? Insomnia for a week, taking a toll on my physical and emotional well being.
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) On "as needed" basis , and under guidance by your doctor. Read more...