I take diphenhydramine on a daily basis to sleep at night. My mother is in last stages of alzheimers and know first hand what this horrible disease does to a person since I am one of the primary care givers. I heard that diphenhydramine causes alzheimers and now I am afraid I will get it. Could you shed some light on this?
4 Nov 2009
Diphenhydramine does not cause Alzheimers. However, it can be responsible for symptoms of delerium and reduced cognitive skills. It should be used with caution in the elderly.
Talk with your doctor who may be able to prescribe something safer to help you sleep.
You can view a comprehensive list of side-effects for diphenhydramine here
- Diphenhydramine Information for Consumers
- Diphenhydramine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Diphenhydramine (detailed)
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