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User Reviews for Diphenhydramine

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Diphenhydramine Rating Summary

7.0/10 Average Rating

75 Ratings with 61 User Reviews

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Reviews for Diphenhydramine to treat Insomnia

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"Works quite well on insomnia but careful when combining with other meds that also work on your sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system. I took it with lexapro and got significant problems with too low heart rate, respiratory issues and hypnic jerks."

   
7.0

avalokiteshwara (taken for less than 1 month) January 16, 2016

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Unisom SleepGels (diphenhydramine): "This medication works well if taken as directed for your insomnia and for no longer than about 1 month. I began taking 1-50mg twice a week which worked very well but I continued to increase the dosage every 2 weeks. It did make me tired enough to fall right to sleep after about 45 minutes of taking it and with no drowsiness the following morning. "

   
7.0

Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 15, 2016

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"I take diphenhydramine in Ibuprofen PM to help me sleep, though I only take one pill and not more often than every third or fourth night. It works like a charm, enabling me to sleep without needing to get up and pee or waking up with my life concerns preventing a return to sleep, for 6-7 hours. My concern is whether it is habit-forming, whether taking this drug for sleep on some nights increases the difficulty I have in falling asleep without the drug, on other nights."

   
10

Steveplant January 14, 2016

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ZzzQuil (diphenhydramine): "I purchased the zzzquil and it did not work not 1 bit , I would not recommended medication to anyone..."

   
1.0

BABYGIRL001 January 13, 2016

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Unisom SleepGels (diphenhydramine): "Tried this after my new Dr took me off of Ambien that I'd been on for 3 1/2 years by a sleep Dr for my insomnia, I can stay wide awake for up to 48 hours & then if I do fall asleep only get between 2-6 hours of sleep. New Dr thinks I'm depressed BUT I'm far from that & keeps wanting to put me on depression medicine!! Called sleep Dr back in Iowa to tell new Dr here in Louisiana that I have insomnia which she did BUT new Dr doesn't believe sleep specialist!!"

   
1.0

Angeljennings (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 20, 2015

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Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine): "I have mixed feelings about this.. the first night I took it, it took about 1 and a half hours to kick in, and when it did my husband said I was acting like I was seriously drunk...which I remember very little of. I do remember it making me crazy itchy, and feeling like my skin was crawling. But, once I got in to bed, I knocked out and slept great and felt great in the morning. However, I took it last night around 930pm, and was up ALL night... I have to be up at 445a for work, and I fell asleep about 330 and just now feel like it's effects are kicking in. I may end up leaving work early because I feel so awful and tired. I dont know that I will take this again."

   
3.0

MissBrie November 30, 2015

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"Diphenhydramine is an extremely effective sleep aid. It takes half an hour or less for 25 mg to knock me out. The biggest problem I have with diphenhydramine is that it makes me feel kinda' groggy and nauseous the next day. I feel like I'm walking around in some weird twilight and food just doesn't taste good to me. Still, out of the three sleeping pills I've tried, diphenhydramine is by far the most effective. Ambien made me feel like I was on a roller coaster and melatonin mainly makes me fall asleep a little faster."

   
8.0

FoxyFinn (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 20, 2015

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Nytol (diphenhydramine): "I have had problems sleeping lately. Someone recommend me to use these pill and they actually are really good. I have used them twice in a row and have slept well and even woke up when alarm came on."

   
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Sanny1508 October 18, 2015

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"took 100mg to fall asleep and slept walked in the middle of the night!!! I took a bottle of lotion out of the BATHROOM cabinet, and I must have watered it down and shook it up bc it was liquid the next day and sitting by my REFRIGERATOR!! wtf!! I have no memory of this.. and the next day I was anxious and depressed all over the place emotionally"

   
1.0

Anonymous October 14, 2015

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"I dosed myself to sleep through the night for four nights in a row worked perfectly but when I stopped taking it I immediately started having post nasal drip (a lot of snot nonstop for two or three days). I also have hypertension"

   
10

mark187 September 25, 2015

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Sominex (diphenhydramine): "Funnily enough, after taking this. I feel more easier to fell asleep during the day than in the night. After a unintentional 12 hours sleep( just couldn't wake myself up). Was awake for a few hours then was too drowsy and fell asleep again. Really feel these tablets works better during the day than in the night. : ("

   
5.0

Nickccc September 8, 2015

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"The most effective and reasonable sleep aid I've taken. A single pill (25 mg) before bedtime will make me drowsy enough to fall asleep within a half hour, and it generally keeps me asleep throughout the night. Drowsiness the next day is a problem for me, however, if I take it too late in the previous night; it tends to stay in my system for quite a while and, as said in previous reviews, it's not something you should be taking every night. But it's still my go-to drug whenever I know that I need a good night's rest and I'll be able to sleep in the following morning."

   
8.0

Nobody's Hero September 4, 2015

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"I took this as a sleeping aid due to a very hectic schedule that was stressing me out. It did help me go to sleep and stay asleep but I noticed that I was somewhat dizzy at times during the day. Over a six week period the dizziness became worse. I went to an ENT thinking perhaps I had an ear infection that was messing up my balance. He told me to discontinue the diphenhydramine and try valerian root (I didn't want to use any more drugs) and it would take time for the drug to get out of my system. I've been off the med for a week and still have some dizziness going on. This drug is definitely not for continuous use!"

   
5.0

RudyCoffee August 19, 2015

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Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine): "I'm a little young to be needing sleeping pills, but I do sadly. (17 years old). I took the 2 small tablets, and I fell asleep around an hour later. But when I woke up I felt like complete crap as I was SO tired. I could barely get up to put my clothes on, and when I did, I felt a little dizzy, and I passed out which was the scariest thing. Tried them again just in case it wasn't the pills, happened again. So for now I'm going to stick to taking 1 instead of 2, and see if that helps any."

   
1.0

Anonymous July 5, 2015

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Sominex (diphenhydramine): "Works for me in the same manner all the above have stated. Be aware, though, it is intended for occasional use, not nightly use. It's active ingredient is basically Benedryl, the same as in many allergy meds. If you check ingredient labels rather than going by the brand name, you may be able to find a bargain."

   
9.0

Gi-Savannah (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 26, 2015

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Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine): "Very ineffective. Caused me to have a racing heart not sleep and to feel depressed and anxious the next day. Don't recommend"

   
1.0

Sandrajessica June 25, 2015

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Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine): "This worked great for me! Full 8 hours sleep and woke up very refreshed with no drowsiness. However it did not work as well when used on long haul flight as i continually woke up. Still not much drowsiness though"

   
9.0

aus_kiwi May 31, 2015

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Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine): "This was not very effective for me and it made me feel worse the next day even if I got 8 hours of sleep. It isn't really worth it."

   
5.0

All I Want is Sleep (taken for less than 1 month) March 6, 2015

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Sominex (diphenhydramine): "After I was in a severe car accident 8 years ago I've had chronic back pain and muscle spasms which has made it very hard to sleep. I am in the medical field and have tried lots of over the counter medicines and have also been prescribed medication however since taking Sominex I have been able to sleep through the night and I don't wake up groggy! Love it!"

   
9.0

562Peterson19 (taken for less than 1 month) June 24, 2014

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Sominex (diphenhydramine): "I use Sominex they really help me sleep I'm having a full nights sleep now and not waking during the night. HAPPY DAYS."

   
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Loug33 March 22, 2014

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"I have been taking half of a pill for years...but just recently have felt that it has not been as effective, so increased to a whole pill (25mg) and it works great with no sluggishness the next morning. Also ever since I have been taking these every night for sleep, I have noticed that I have fewer sinus infections..(I have allergies)...so it serves two purposes for me.."

   
10

DeeJayS March 4, 2014

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Sominex (diphenhydramine): "Sominex helps me to get to sleep fast. I can wake as I need and then return to sleep quickly."

   
7.0

Marie2 Julia September 28, 2013

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Sominex (diphenhydramine): "Sominex works well; sleep all night!!"

   
6.0

kimsGodchild (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 5, 2013

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Nytol Caplet (diphenhydramine): "I have trouble sleeping since my MOM passed away, plus a move too. So this really helps to calm me down, from my grief too, also to get the rest I need."

   
9.0

Katrina505 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 20, 2013

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Sominex (diphenhydramine): "I have taken Sominex for a few days now and still wake up after 2-3 hours sleep and can't get back to sleep again. I am so tired. Yet I can fall asleep in the chair really easy in the day. I was hoping Sominex would work but so far it really hasn't."

   
4.0

Yeshus March 26, 2013

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