These are a sleeping aid from over the counter.
I take about 1000 mg of Diphenhydramine HCI every night to sleep. What are the side effects?
- 10 Aug 2012 by robinfotlz
- sleep disorders, diphenhydramine, side effect, sleep, sleeping
Added 10 Aug 2012:
This means I have to take about 20 over the counter sleeping aid pills every night. Which is very expensive and alot of chemicals to take at 1 time. I need another way to get to sleep. I dont know what to do.Please help with a way to stop this.
10 Aug 2012
Hello, i take tylenol p.m. @ night(which has 500 mg of acetaminophen and 25 mg of diphenhydramine) for arthritis pain. I have been using this method for approximately the last 10yrs. with no bad side effects ,but with that much diphenhydramine ,use, i suggest seeing your family doctor.
As for side effects; there are quite a few; dizzines, drowsiness, dry mouth,throat,and nose, thickening of mucus in nose or throat.
You should seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur ! severe allergic reactions(difficulty breathing; hives,itching)
just to name a few.
I hope that this helps in your request for answers.
10 Aug 2012
Taking that much Benadryl every night can't be healthy for you. I was advised to take up to 100 mg of Benadryl to sleep. Go see your PCP regarding your insomnia. Its a common problem and there are non narcotic sleep aids you could use. Atarax is like heavy duty Benadryl, another antihistamine. There are other options, but all require a script.
Please have a talk with your doc, tell him what you've been using so that he can prescribe an appropriate alternative.
Good luck and happy dreams.
The Medicated for Insomnia Hippie
PS... I've been where you are. I hate not being able to sleep.
10 Aug 2012
Hi, i can't help worry about you taking such a high dose! I know what it is like to be sleep deprived, so i completely understand how you will want to do anything to be able to get a good night sleep. As already suggested, your doctor is the best bet for a safe and successful sleeping aid. If however your doctor won't prescribe you one, like mine didn't because of addiction concerns, there are other OTC treatments you can try, such as Melatonin - naturally occurring and pretty effective. You need to take care not to take higher than 6mg a night though, and i would advise you to start on 3mg. Phenergan is also helpful - but you must stick to dose instructions or there is the potential for respiratory depression. Otherwise, your doctor may feel happier to prescribe a medication such as Amitriptyline? It is one of the older antidepressants, but also helps induce sleep. I have used it for years now and it's very effective for me.
It is also a safe option, and easy to wean off if/when you decide to discontinue treatment. I hope you find something to help you soon.
6 Sep 2013
I know this is really late in responding. Please do not do this! If you are indeed taking this much, then will damage your liver! It will also cause damage to your kidneys, but because it is primarily metabolized in your liver it is hepatic cytotoxic. The maximum recommended dose is 400 mg daily. Even with that dosage, it can still cause liver damage overtime.
Please see your doctor for much safer alternatives (prescription will be required). I recommend these in the following order of greatest to smallest: remeron, trazodone, ambien. Good luck!
- Diphenhydramine Information for Consumers
- Diphenhydramine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Diphenhydramine (detailed)
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