I took it couple of times and I felt relaxed.Does Benadryl becomes just like benzos if we take for longer period of time
Anyone take over the counter Benadryl for anxiety?
- 17 Nov 2013 by adeelgr8
- 11 Mar 2017
- benadryl, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder
Added 17 Nov 2013:
Actually I was asking if anyone is taking benadryl as an over the counter drug to relief anxiety symptoms,then kindly share with me.I had a very bad experience with klonopin because it stopped working and I had nocturnal panic attacks.It took 8 months for me to taper it off completely.I am asking whether the long term use makes it less effective.I am afraid of nocturnal panics because they are back and last night I took benadryl and I slept peacefully.I doctor is not listening me and simply saying that when you have panic then start running just as if you are running on treadmill.I can't do this because I am in half a sleep when this happens.
Your body may adjust to Benadryl after long term use. But it is not akin to a benzo, it's just an antihistamine. If it's working then keep using Benadryl, but you really need to speak to a different doctor, someone who will listen and not tell you to get on your treadmill.
Ask your doctor for a referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist, that may be the best plan. You may need a medication that isn't a benzodiazepine, but just an antidepressant.
Best wishes and hope you begin to feel better,
I was on Ativan for about one year and when I wanted to get off of it, my doctor said to take Benadryl. It is safe to take on a regular basis. I had some bad withdrawals coming off Ativan for a few weeks. The Benadryl worked good for me for about a year or so.it helped me sleep through the night. Then I built up a tolerance to it. Now I take Flexeril for back problems and it helps me sleep too.
Good news is there is no withdrawals from Benadryl. But if you take it every day it will eventually loose its effectiveness. So try to take one instead of two. Or only take it a few times a week if possible. Worst case scenario is after 6 months to a year you switch to something like melatonin for a while or you can ask your doctor about a different prescription.
Benadryl is merely an antihistamine but the active ingredient is the same ingredient used in OTC sleeping pills such as Sominex. Don't be afraid to use it every night for sleep. It is absolutely not addictive. It is perfectly safe to take 50 mg. for sleep. As for anxiety in the daytime, this isn't the best choice since its side affects are DROWSINESS. I would try to find a doctor for mental health counseling to find out why you are having so much anxiety. There are better ways of dealing with anxiety than running in a treadmill. :-) A good therapist could refer you if you need prescription meds to help.
Diphenhydramine like most antihistamines have a calming effect on the body. You could use it as an OTC anxiolytic, however, it could cause increased exhaustion and motor impairment. Some coleagues use Vistaril (same type of antihistamine as diphenhydramine) 25mg once every 6 to 8 hours as needed.
I have taken Benadryl to help me sleep as well as for my anxiety. It helps a little bit but be careful. If you take too much for too long it can cause you to have nose bleeds. Benadryl is meant to slow down your body and dry things up, meaning your fluids. Your nose would become raw and start to bleed but if you have a humidifier or something to put water into the air for you, then you will have no problems in that area. Try to use a generic benadryl so that it isnt too strong but still gives you the effects you are searching for.
After reading your question I wanted to write something back. I know it's been years since u asked but when I don't have my medication then I use Benadryl for my anxiety. It works enough for me and there really is nothing else to try or that works as good for me. Normally I take Ativan or Lorazepam 1 mg. My doctor does not like them or to prescribe them so I only get 30 for a month. Night time is the worst time for me and normally don't sleep so I take 1 Ativan at night and Benadryl during the day and it's working fine. I asked my doctor if it was bad to take and his only concern was that if I need allergy med's then they may not work because of building up a amunity to the ingredients that stops the allergy. Just becareful how many u take a min a 24 hour period. Hope I helped out some.
From my experience benadryl does help but, don't expect any miracles. For me .. at best it dulls the anxiety and that's about it. But, on the other hand a big plus for me was that you won't experience the usual side effects on benadryl like you will on prescription anti anxiety meds. Like the dizziness and lightheadedness" not comfortable " lol. Anyways to answer your question. It's worth a try.
I too have nocturnal panic attacks. I take seroquel to help me sleep. I also take hydroxyzine for immediate relief of panic attacks. They usually kick in about 15 minutes after taking them. They are in the antihistimine family and not covered on my insurance. So when money is tight I have taken generic form of benadryl which is only a couple of bucks art the dollar store and they seem to work pretty well. The biggest relief I have found is going on to YouTube and clicking on guided imagery acute anxiety. It's amazing at talking me down from a panic attack. Give it a try and see if it helps get you calm and right back to sleep. Let me know if it helps!
There have been a lot of studies done that confirm TYLENOL actually helps anxiety and I am proof that it does. I will take a Tylenol Arthritis (I have arthritis) and it helps my anxiety for which I cannot take SSRI's as they just don't mesh with my noodle properly. I also use Tylenol Night Time as that has Benadryl in it and this works too. Only thing is, Benadryl lowers your immunity, so don't take it all the time.
I have anxiety-panic attacks pretty regularly well I had been on xanax two times a day for a little over a yr. About six months ago I noticed with the xanax it got worse n had more panic attacks then when I first started. So I to weaned myself if the xanax n started taking benedryl about three times a day it in my opinion has done so much better been on it about two months and down to only one panic attack period pretty amazing. I haven't noticed whether I will build an immune to it but I know for right now I have not. Hope this helps!
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