I enjoyed the sedation and excitability that occurred. .. So I started to take it a lot. Basically abusing it. And now I cant get off of it because I do experience withdrawal when I don't take it. What should I do?? And is is common?
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I have been taking diphenhydramine sleeping pills the kroger brand gel tabs for about 2 years every night and sometimes early afternoon as well. I was taking 2-3 pills each time they were 25mgs each. I started to feel very weird pains in my stomach area and started having a very delayed response when urinating. My stomach pains were similar to cramps and was also having nausea at the same time. I defenitely did not have any of these types of symptoms before taking these sleeping pills, I am 36 years old and very rarely have had stomach related issues until now. I cut the dose down significantly to 1 pill 2 times a day for a few weeks, then I went down to 1 pill only once a day at night time before im ready to go to sleep. Currently I have stopped taking them completely its been 3 days so far and the symptoms although not gone are getting better. I also started hydrating myself properly and when I get nausea issues I drink hot tea and a little bit of pepto bismol and it helps alot.
I have definely noticed a mental and physical pull towards diphenhydramine sleeping pills especially when I get anxiety but remember the physical pain it puts me in and have been able to resist the urges so far. I am going to explore some other alternatives to sleeping that are not destructive to the body and will post my results after. I hope you all get relief and resolve your issues with this as well. Please keep sharing positive results so we can all help each other.
Should I go to er
Should I go to er
I’ve been talking a sleeping aid for 25 years plus. Usually from Costco, brands like Tylenol pm to the CVS brands. I’m 49 years old now. Just read a report that it could be linked to Alzheimer’s. So needless to say I’ve stopped taking them. It’s day 3 now! My body is not taking it well. I’m shaky, fluish, very low energy.. I can go on and on with symptoms. I know I just need to push through but no one can tell me it’s just psychological.
A friend of mine is a Chemical Dependence doctor. She told me that Diphenhydramine is a very dangerous drug and can cause long time protracted withdrawal symptoms lasting many months. She warns all of her patients about it no matter what they are trying to withdraw from, because many start using it to help with withdrawal symptoms from other substances.
Yes I have, I have fibromyalgia and I found by accident benadryl worked the opposite on me I got energy I could sleep the nerve pain was numbed but the same thing I grew dependent on it the withdrawal can be brutal not phychological but physical headaches (most likely sinus pressure) bowel issues (mucus glands dried up probably) and of course all the fibromyalgia symptoms returned no energy painful to sleep all nerves hurting etc . It's not worth the worry of being on it though as the anxiety increases and so does the dose required to keep the benefits. For me it was not a pleasure thing but an attempt to have a better quality of life.
Hello. I know this question is from years ago, but I'm replying to it in hopes someone can gives me some answers.
So, I know this is very stupid and unhealthy of me... But, I started taking zquil about a month ago now. I really enjoyed the effects and received a high tolerance quickly. I know it's unsafe, but once I figured nothing would happen, I started to take 6 to 8 at a time and then 4 later on in the day. So, I am taking about 10 daily when it says not to exceed the dose of 2. Whenever I stopped taking zquil, my stomach was sick for 4 days and I was puking hardcore at some points, along with having a fever. My boyfriend told me that it was probably zquil withdraw because I didn't feel like I normally would if I was sick, it was different, in a way. Mostly just horrible stomach upset that didn't go away no matter what. But of course, once I took some zquil I was fine again.
This surprised me because I didn't think that withdrawing from zquil would effect my stomach so abruptly. Yesterday, I had taken about 6 to 8 and then didn't take anymore for the rest of the day. Today, I hadn't taken any all day and was fine until about 2:30pm. I started to get a stomach ache and figured that my body was withdrawing from zquil because that's what it did whenever it had been awhile since I had taken any. I took 4, but I think it was definitely too late, because I ended up puking really bad but then I felt better. I decided to eat a little and then I took 1 more because I thought maybe I had puked up some of the 4. I'm supposed to be trying to taper off of the zquil but every day I just end up taking the same amount. I know I sound really ignorant and I'm assuming this is very dangerous to do to my body. I really need to stop and I plan too.
I'm just wondering why the "zquil withdrawal" effects my stomach so atrociously. Whenever I puke when I'm in this stage it hurts so bad and takes awhile to calm down.
Someone please give me your opinions and facts! Thanks.
I take 100mg 3-4+ times a day. Been doing it for a few years. My drs. know and are not concerned. When I forget to bring it with me when I'm out and about, nothing happens. My only concern with it is my leg muscles. No one seems to know if diphenhydramine is causing my leg muscles to weaken to the point I can no longer walk for more than 20 feet.and why I have Morton's neuroma now..
I took it in the form of Nytol for 5 years and i slept better than I had i several years. When I read about the long term effects of it , I stoped. Not having any side effects for the first three days, I didn’t connect chronic headaches and sniffles right away as withdrawal symptoms. They continued for 2 weeks and gradually lessened. Drank lots of skin milk. Avoided coffee tea or caffeine. I’m fine now.. BUT THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE MOST DEFINITELY PHYSICAL. Headaches for me were the worst
I can't even believe I found a thread on this, because I thought I was the only person legit "on Benadryl." I've been taking it for probably about 12 years, just to sleep (although I few times when I was younger I took up to 16 and got really high, but high similar to dextromethorphan - not recommended). Otherwise, I have been taking 2-3 to sleep. My doctor actually prescribes it because she thinks it's better for my insomnia than actual sleeping pills. I have been off of it for 2 nights and I really thought I was sick, but now I am thinking it is because I am not taking the pills. No one has mentioned this, but the thing that made me think it was stopping the Benadryl is my whole body is itching (along with headache and a flu feeling). I also just read about the Alzheimer's and dementia connection.
Can this be reversed by stopping, or is the damage done? I can't find anything in the medical literature about what can be done. I am also wondering how long these "withdrawal" symptoms will last. I never had to quit anything except cigarettes and that was not physically hard (mentally, another story).
I'm going through this now and it's horrible. The real problem that I have is that I just had an operation last week and was given a lot of drugs while I was under. I'm not sure if this had any influence or not.
I took diphenhydramine 50-75 mg, on and off for a few years. Sometimes I would take it for 60 or 7 days straight and then it could be two weeks to 3 months before I took it again. In late October I got a cold and took it on and off until Nov. 6th. On Nov. 10th I started feeling sort of strange but wasn’t sure what was going on. I have an enlarged prostate and while I was in bed late on the 10th I got up and found that could not pee at all. I tried all night with no luck, and on the 11th ended up in the ER. They had to catheterize me and told me that diphenhydramine does that to enlarged prostates.
The problem was that I was getting all kinds of side effects now, like pins & needles in my skin and an elevated heart rate. My resting heart rate is usually 57-59, it was now 85. As the days went on I was waking each night with tachycardia and nausea 2-3 times a night. By night 7 I started getting hypnic jerks and was getting zero sleep. Meanwhile the pins & needles were increasing in my hands, face, shins and feet. I was getting nausea during the day and a stuffy nose. My heart rate was sometimes into the 90’s and I had slight depression and lots of anxiety. During all of this they tried pulling my catheter but, I still couldn’t pee. Luckily they had already booked an operation for me, so, on Dec. 6th they operated on my prostate. It was tough because I was still suffering all of those side effects at the time. A few days after the operation they pulled the flushing catheter and I was able to pee. I’m still in bad shape with burning and sometimes itchy skin all over, nausea, headaches and tachycardia. I’m not sure when this will ever end but, if it does, I promise to come back and report what happened.
In my previous post I put 60 - 7 days. It should read 6 - 7 days.
What are your withdrawal symptoms?
It's more common than you think. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is abused all the time, especially in teens because of it's easy access. Go to any high school and there are kids bragging about the "high".
There are high risks associated with high dose and/or long term diphenhydramine abuse including high heart rate, cardiac arrest, seizures, memory loss, dementia (plenty of studies on the connection causing irreversible dementia out there now), urinary retention, etc.
There IS a withdrawal period. And depending on your level of abuse, it can get pretty bad. Expect nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, jitters, insomnia, etc for the first few days. Then for the next couple weeks you'll likely experience allergy symptoms (stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, etc) and feeling like crap.
Not to mention the psychological withdrawals, which might never fully go away, but the first month or two is the worse. Just like kicking any other habit.
You WILL get through it, you just need to push through. The worst will be over within the first 3 days.
If you need help, ask for it! Believe it or not, this is a relatively common addiction in treatment programs. If you don't want to get professional treatment, tell someone you trust so that they can help keep you accountable.
I am right now trying to to detox off of benadryl. I feel as if im crawling out of my skin.
- Diphenhydramine Information for Consumers
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