... melatonin approximately 4-6 hours before I am supposed to sleep. I am thinking of adding 25-50 mg of benadryl at night to help myself be able to sleep. I've read on a few sites to use caution when taking the klonopin and benadryl together, but I feel like I am at the end of a rope and can't seem to get help from my psychiatrist other than sleep hygiene. Has anyone else taken benadryl and klonopin together? Or can anyone recommend a medicine that is safe enough I can talk to my Dr about taking with the klonopin?
I've taken them together without problem. They have a "moderate" interaction-it boils down to drowsiness, dizziness, and difficulty thinking being higher than when you take them separately. I've been prescribed things that read the exact same interaction. I wouldn't worry about it too much, just make sure you don't have to do anything once you've taken them.
Has Benadryl worked well for you in the past? For some it leaves a bit of a "hangover" the next day-better than not sleeping though. When I'm having trouble sleeping, I generallly reach out for naproxen sodium and/or tylonel. As long as you don't do it too often, shouldn't be an issue.
You take your melatonin 4-6 hours before you're going to sleep?! Unless a doctor specifically told you to do that, I would change that, and take it maybe an hour before. It's good you have your dose so low, since it's not actually recommended for long term use. (Technically its recommended short-term for sleep for resetting your clock in cases like jet lag.) I take it to to help sleep though-no denying it does that. If you're absolutely desperate for sleep and benedryl, tylonel, naproxen, don't work, you could go up slightly on the melatonin for a few days. (I mean like a fourth of a pill slightly.) That should help.
Whatever you decide to do, I would really consider changing when you take your melatonin.
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