Can Benadryl worsen depression or cause irritability? I have depression and anxiety and I’m on Wellbutrin. I have terrible allergies and struggle with hives. I generally take Allegra or Claritin but sometimes I have to take Benadryl. When I take it I not only feel drugged out and exhausted the next day but I’ve noticed I’m very emotional irritable and depressed to the point I’m on the verge of tears. Anyone know if this is normal or have dealt with this?
I don't think it causes depression but more likely depressive-type symptoms.
It does cause sleepiness so it's more of a “downer type” of med.
You have my empathy with the hay fever. I had it all summer long to the point of staying in bed.
I'm thinking that finding a better treatment for hay fever is a better way to go.
You are younger than me... How did I know your age? I don't but everyone seems to be nowadays. Lol...
When I got sleepy from the Benadryl I switched to Claritin. Raw honey with the beeswax was given to me by my grandmother so it was an 1800 folk treatment. It would well I'm a different way. It did not give me results in 1/2 hour but it seemed to boost my immune system solo I was better able to fight. Oh, always by honey from a local vendor. The reason is the more local the bees, the better you feel. They contain the same allergen fighting pollen as we need.
You may want to try allergy shots. I didn't have this until I was 32 when I moved to Fl.
After the testing, she told me I had the worst allergies since she was in medical school!
I took the shots and I think they helped.
FYI- Interesting issue but don't do it!
I had breast cancer and getting chemo in early spring. The chemo changed something in my body! I no longer dread Spring!
I haven't sneezed in 15 years. Lol...
It's rare, but yes it can in some people:
Rare (0.01% to 0.1% of users): Confusion, depression, sleep disturbances
Frequency not reported: Paradoxical excitation/excitation, agitation, restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, irritability"
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