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What will happen if i take too much benadryl?
I have a mild food allergy, so i take benadryl whenever i get an outbreak. I heard about some kids dying from taking too much benadryl. How much benadryl kills people? And how much will i be safe with?
  Read the bottle. You should 1-2 every 4-6 hours. As long as you take more than 6 doses a day, you'll be fine. I'm pretty sure that people who die from taking Benadryl have an allergy to the drug or they took about 100 at once.
benadryl doesn't really work for me anymore so was thinking of trying out doxylamine succinate aka unisom?
was just curious is this a similar feeling to benadryl cause benadryl knocked me out so im hoping i can get the same from the unisom tablets?
eric r
  Before you resort to any pharmaceutical drug, always check for the undesirable and dangerous side effects at to make an informed decision regarding the route you want to take.

The material below is an excerpt from this site regarding the side effects of Unisom.

Most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Unisom:

Anxiety, dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; indigestion; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach pain; trouble sleeping.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Focalin XR Extended-Release Capsules:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; joint pain; purple or brownish red spots on the skin); behavior changes (eg, aggression, hostility, restlessness); blurred vision or other vision problems; chest pain; confusion; dark urine; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation, depression, irritability, panic attacks, persistent crying, severe or persistent anxiety, unusual sadness); one-sided weakness; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; shortness of breath; slurred speech; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; uncontrolled speech or muscle movements; yellowing of the eyes or skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur.
How much benadryl and beer would be fatal?
I just started using benadryl daily, and take 2 before bed. But I'm also an occasional drinker, and have about 6-7 beers in a night. I've heard benadryl and alcohol together could be fatal, but I was wondering just how much would be too much, and if I am even close to that limit.
  Right. First things first. Six or seven beers per night is NOT a usual or even healthy drinking habit. Secondly, if you are on prescription medication, you should drink no alcohol whatsoever unless your doctor has told you in no uncertain terms that alcohol is ok to have.

If you seriously have that much alcohol every night, I seriously urge you to talk to your doctor, or your local addiction centre, before this becomes an unmanageable problem.
liquid benadryl skin contact will it affect your system if half the bottle spilled out on your feet?
The bottle of benadryl fell out of my hands and spilled on my feet and I was planning on taking a cold medicine with benadryl in it but wasn't sure if the skin contact from the benadryl would be double dosing?
  No, it has to be taken by mouth and digested. If you are still concerned call the number on the back of the bottle.
Anxiety & Panic Attacks! Can Benadryl cure or relieve panic attacks and anxiety?
I have been doing research about what over the counter medications I could use for anxiety. And I have been coming across quite a few sites that mention benadryl to relieve anxiety and panic attacks, which I know are brought on by anxiety. I also called a local pharmacy, and the lead pharmacist's also mentioned that many people use benadryl for anxiety and insomnia. I am unable to get out and go see a doctor, and doctors here are unwilling to come to my home and help me with this anxiety. Which I think is bs.

But anyway, so I was just wanting input on what people on yahoo have to say about using benadryl for anxiety.

p.s. The pharmacist also mentioned trying Chlor-Trimeton.

Any thoughts, opinions and answers are welcome, especially from people who are taking benadryl for anxiety and/or panic attacks.
  It may help you as people are so very different. A non over the counter medication like propanolol, an adrenalin blocker, may be more effective.

If you take a beta blocker, say 30 minutes before giving a speech, it will help block off receptor sites that would normally accept adrenalin and cause your heart to race, get you in that fight or flight mode.

In all honesty, I have found little to no research on any OTC medications to help panic attacks. I do know pracitce or "walking though fears" is the most effective remedy
John P
Is it okay to take Benadryl with Sucralfate and Famotidine?
I break out in hives on the medication and I wondered if you can take Benadryl with the two medicines. I had a cousin who took some medication while on another medication and the two counteracted and he went into cardiac arrest. So can you take Benadryl if you take Sucralfate 4 times a day and Famotidine at bedtime for a stomach ulcer?
  you can't tell that way go to a doctor ^^
does 12 or 15 pills of benadryl enougth to make me see thing and get really high like acid
riddlez da clown
  12-15 Benadryl is 300-375mg,

Although I do not advocate the use of benadryl as recreational drug,
That is not enough to kill you, the lethal dose is well over 2000mg. Diphenhydramine HCl, the active ingredient in Benadryl is not comparable to acid in it's trip effects however.

You will experience extreme drowsiness, and will more then likely have a hard time staying awake through your whole trip. Both open and closed eye visuals and hallucinations are common in Benadryl experiences.

If you must do this, I would recomend taking caffeine with this, or you won't remember anything the next day.

Benadryl is horrible for your liver, and continued use of it as a recreational drug has serious potential to lead to liver damage. Also, don't drive while on this!

Erowid can give you some good information on this if you wish to learn more.
Kyle Robert
can you use benadryl to help you fall asleep????? and is it safe???
  It helps some people to sleep and others it keeps awake. It's completely safe if you take it only as prescribed. Make sure you don't have important things to do the next day in case it keeps you up.
How long in advance do you take Benadryl for sleep?
I am being treated for insomnia and I did not want to take sleeping pills, so my doctor told me to take 2 pills of Benadryl before I go to bed. How far in advance should I take the Benadryl? How long does it take to take effect? My doctor didn't tell me this, he just told me to take it before bed. But should I take it immediately before, or like 1 - 2 hours before? Thanks!
  take it 1 hour before you go to sleep.

if you find yourself becoming too tired before you actually need to go to sleep, decrease the time to 45 minutes before you go to sleep.

if that's too long, then decrease it to 30 minutes.

and so on and so fourth.

good luck!=)
Should I take some Benadryl?
I take Zyrtec-D, but because I haven't gotten a prescription yet (haven't gotten around to going to the doctor yet) I can only take one in the morning, and it's only lasts 12 hours. Can I take some Benadryl? My throat is really scratchy and I have a really bad sinus headache.
Ben Preiss
  Take it if you want, but it will probably space you out.

And also, it sounds like you have a cold, not allergies.

Good luck.
Don M
Benadryl and Patanase together?
Can I take Benadryl and Patanase (nasal spray) together with allergies? Or is that toxic to the body? Thank you. :)
  If you have an all night pharmacy near you then you can call and ask the pharmacist.
I hate Summer
How do I know if my reaction is serious enough for my EPIPEN?
I just got an Epipen because I have a food allergy to strawberries and tomatoes. How do I know when to just take some benadryl and when to use the epipen? I just don't want to cause a fuss and have an ambulance called if I could just take some (less expensive) benadryl.
  I was just in the ER 2 nights ago with a very serious allergy reaction that is unknown at this time. My breathing was very labored and I was wheezing to the point that I couldn't catch my breath. I was given a prescription for an epi pen and the doctor in the ER told me this exactly- He said to "ONLY" use my epi pen when I am having breathing difficulties associated with the allergy attack. If I'm only having hives, itching, rash, facial swelling, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes to use the Benadryl. I have since done a lot of research online and have found the doctor's advice to be more agreeable with other responses. Epi pens for shortness of breath, can't catch your breath, labored breathing to the point where you feel that your not getting enough air, etc.
Will Benadryl help me?
I have seasonal allergies, I usually take Zyrtec-D, but I can only take it in the morning and it only lasts 12 hours. My throat is really scratchy, and I have a really bad sinus headache. Will it help? Or should I just take some Tylenol or something? Also, I have to wake up around 7 tomorrow, will it be ok to take the Benadryl? I've taken 5 tablets of Dramamine (which I know is a different drug, dimenhydrinate) and been able to wake up earlier than 7 before, so should I be fine?
Ben Preiss
  For me, i usually use claritin (non drowsy) and mucinex, in the late morning; so i feel the peak relief in the afternoon. IDK about Dramamine but it sounds like a vasoconstrictor, and could mess with your blood pressure, so i would lay off. with allergies, i would try to go natural with herbs or try to drink a lot of water. Feel better
Deepest Fear
How bad is taking motrin and benadryl everyday?
Every night I take 2 capsules of benadryl to help get to sleep. I've been doing this for about 1 and a half months. And every morning I take 1-2 tablets of motrin and I've been doing that for years and years. Is this really bad for my health or is it not such a big deal?
  It's not such a big deal. :)
How long does it take for benadryl to leave the body systems?
I take benadryl on a recreational basis [about 400mg a day] and I was just wondering how long it takes for the medicine to leave your system? Also, I take it with 1000mg of tylenol, is that okay? I've never had a hangover from it.
  It can take 1 full day.

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Robert E
can you take a benadryl and an ibuprofen at the same time or will they cause some type of bad reaction?
The benadryl (for my allergies) says not to use with any product containing diphenhydramine but the ibuprofen(for my period cramps) doesn't have diphenhydramine. is it okay to take both?
  advil pm is just that combo! no probs!
Any difference between different types of diphenhydramine hydrochloride?
I go through quite a bit of benadryl to deal with allergies. Is there any reason why I shouldn't start buying the cheap, generic over-the-counter sleep aids containing the same dose (25mg) of diphenhydramine hydrochloride as benadryl?
  If you live in the United States then the FDA should ensure that any product advertised as containing 25mg dephenhydramine HCL will be the same as benadryl (the pink ones). If you take the green ones it'll have additional ingredients as well.
Hector S
Can I take an Alavert or Benadryl while using Flonase?
Recently I have been clearing my throat a lot and I think this is due to post-nasal drip irritating it. I have been taking Flonase for the past three days in the hopes that it will stop my allergies, but it does not seem to be enough. Can I take an Alavert or Benadryl at the same time to try to quiet my symptoms?
  Benadryl is more for cough. Unless u have one it would not be very effective. Some benadryl's now contain a decongestant aswell, the decongestant is helpful for you but you'd be better off going with something else more specific for the nasal problems.
It depends which alavert you have too.The alaverts main ingredient is an antihistamine (loratidine)this would be very useful for your allergies as it stops the cause of your symptoms. as would be alavert containing something for nasal congestion (pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine)
Flonase contains a corticoidsteroid which helps with some of the allergy symptoms too.

So- you can use all 3 mentioned products as they are from different classes of drug but benadryl would not be too useful, alavert and the spray is useful. Try to use the spray everyday as it is a good preventer. when your allergies get real bad use the alavert.

When you use the nasal spray are you either standing upright or leaning forward slightly? Do not lean back, this is the incorrect way to use the nasal spray and you will often get a horrible taste.

To make the nasal spray more effective you could also use something like Fess before the flonase- it is a saline solution spray which helps to physically clear your nasal passage whether it be mucous or allergens, therefore more nasal area for flonase to have contact with.
benadryl 7 hours after advil cold and sinus?
I took an advil cold and sinus around 9pm. I now wanted to take a benadryl as the advil cold and sinus doesn't help me sleep, and i cant sleep. It is now 4am. Can i take the benadryl without adverse effects?
  Yes I've used benadryl many times to go to sleep peacfully and to excape bad drug effects... If ur scared I'll get high or get sick don't worry as long as u don't take 300mg or more then I'll feel great but u will be very tired but yeah great lol
I have bad seasonal allergies, zyrtec and clartin arent working. Can i take benadryl severe allergy w zyrtec?
The zyrtec alone isnt helping. Anyone else take benadryl w clartin or zyrtec? Cold medicine?
  I take Zytrec and Nasonex. At first they worked, but now their crap. They don't work at all.

To help my allergies I:
1. Make sure my room is dusted
2. Humidifier

For medicine? I'd go to the doctor and they'll help you find something! A plain old nose spray works too. Not as painful as it sounds, but it gets everything out of your throat.
I got hives 5 days ago and finally got the chance to see a doctor
today, he gave me a cream and said that my hives are fine they'll
be gone soon with the use of the cream. I forgot to ask him if I
should keep taking Benadryl to see faster results. So I have no
idea should I take Benadryl and apply the cream as well? Thnx
It's cause of my dog...
  It's a wonder he didn't give you an antihistamine to take. Were you able to deduct what caused the hives, in case it's something you ate that you were allergic to?

I would keep on taking the Benadryl until they go away. Does the doctor know you are taking them? You should have asked him about that. You could ask a pharmacist.
~~Fast Eddie~~
What is good to use on an allergic rash from betadine?
I had surgery last week and I have a huge itchy, red, patchy rash all over my abdomen from either the betadine or the adhesive from the tape. I've tried taking benadryl pills & using benadryl cream, cortizone, and an RX Ketonal and nothing is working. I'm ready to jump out of my skin the itch is so!
The rash is so bad it looks like psoriasas!
  you need to call your doctor and get a stronger itch cream. They make higher doses of hydrocortisone cream, but they are prescription. I'd also have the doctor take a look at the rash if you can get in to see him.
Best way to get rid of sinus pain/headache FAST?
I already irrigated my sinuses this morning. I have taken zyrtec and used rhinocort twice already. I also used optivar eyedrops. I've been drinking a lot of water. It feels like my head is going to explode. The only other things I have on me are benadryl, aleve and pamprin. I can't fall asleep, so I don't know about the benadryl. Maybe the aleve for the temple pain?

HALLELUJAH I found some sudafed PE. Ew it expired 12/2007 :(
It's a New Day
  sudafed PE is the best thing, go buy some that has not expired
What are the effects of taking benadryl everyday to sleep?
I have read that it also has seratonin reuptake inhibiting qualities and prozac was developed because of benadryl. So if your doctor tells you to take it for an extended period of time in order to sleep my question is does it boost seratonin levels? I would think it would to some degree.
what are the bad side effects for long term use?
Mr. Basketnutz!
  It probably does have some slight seratonin reuptake inhibiting qualities. But it also is not good for you to take long term. I would definitely try a more natural approach to sleeping without drugs. I think I would also get a 2nd oppinion for your sleep issues. Your doctor should know that there are bad side effects to long term use of benadryl. Not to mention its addictive nature. It is also definitely no substitute for a seratonin reuptake inhibitor.
Is it okay to take benadryl after taking a klonopin?
I have been extremely anxious, so I took my klonopin (as it is prescribed to me) and now I am realizing I wont be able to sleep. I do not want to mix the two obviously. I took the Klonopin a few hours ago, and now want to take the benadryl for sleep. Yes this sounds like an anxiety ridden question, but I am currently extremely anxious and do not want to mix things I am not supposed to.
  Yea that's perfectly fine. You can take them in the same gulp if you wanted to. There's no problematic interactions there. Take a deep breath and relax some mate. :)
can you take benadryl while you are taking Feldene?
I am taking Feldene and want to take a Benadryl tablet does anyone know if I can do this safely
  Yes, u can.
Ok to take benadryl allergy medicine with an Anti inflammatory medicine (Indocin)?
I am taking a anti inflammatory medicine my dr prescribed me for swelling in the foot. It is now summer and my damn allergies are bothering me is benadryl or any other medicine ok to take with the anti inflammatory medicine? The inflammatory medicine is non steroidal. Any ideas!
Matthew T
  I take them with NO problems. Remember though, what works for one does not always work for others. That is one reason why there are so many different medicines for the same cause.

In some cases you might want to start off with a smaller dosage (cut one in half). Wait one hour then take the other half.

Personal with these two I don't think you will have any problems at all (my opinion).

Best of luck to you.

Mother Earth


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