Benadryl is helping

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   Posted 9/27/2006 6:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to post this. I stopped taking meds 1 1/2 yrs ago for my depression,panic and anxiety attacks.
I have been having alot of panic attacks lately,and read on the net about benadryl and how that helps.
I take about 3-4 a day (making sure I stay under what the recommended dosage is). And it helps so much.
My b/f's sister is a pharmacist.And told me that they prescribe it all of the time for panic and anxiety,and even sleeping disorders. And that there is nothing in it that can cause addiction. I am not completely sure about that last part as it seems I can feel when I have not taken it for awhile. But it is probably just in my mind with that.
I just wanted to know if anyone else has tried it?
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   Posted 9/27/2006 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I have not tried this but it might be wise to check with your doc. Just cause you dont need doc to get it doesnt mean it cant hurt ya.

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   Posted 9/27/2006 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   

benadryl is an older antihistamine that sedates some as a side effect

these meds were often used as a tranquilliser before valium came along

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   Posted 9/27/2006 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
hmmmmm thats news to me, im glad its working, but i would be very careful, ask your doc please, just to make sure. take care
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   Posted 9/27/2006 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Harry, that would make sense as I always ask the chemist about what I can take with my meds and most cough and cold drugs are a no-no.

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   Posted 9/27/2006 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I worked in a drug and alcohol treatment unit. Benadryl can be addictive. Several of the counselors there said they had treated patients for this. Please be careful.
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   Posted 4/25/2013 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
It does work. I get cold hands and increased blood pressure all of a sudden at times and I refused to take Xanax since I didn't believe it was anxiety since my heart didn't race or wasn't stressed. BOOM. Hands warmed up and felt better after one pill. Problem though was I started needing more to get teh same effect and if I missed a day (Only on 0.5 mg a day) I went ape **** feeling full of anxiety. I decided I should get off this. It messes with the brain chemicals and is very addictive. I've been taking benedryl in its place and it does help big time. I heard Benedryl can cause cancer and is carcenogenic (Anyone else heard of this) and can promote cancer but my nurse told me its much better to be on benedryl than Xanax and after going through withdrawals coming off of only 0.5 mg a day I believe her.

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   Posted 4/25/2013 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi W&CG (great screen name btw) and welcome!

Thanks for sharing with us. If you have your doctor's approval for occasional Benadryl use, then I am glad that you have found something that works for you.

I have not heard of the carcinogenic connection with Benadryl. Often these things are the result of test studies where massive amounts of the substance are administered to lab animals...which may have resulted in cancer in some...

Again, if your doctor is approving your occasional use, then you can probably rest assured.

Take care, and check out our Resources for some great self-help, coping skills. The ideas in there are very effective and give a great choice of alternative anxiety treatment!:)

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   Posted 6/13/2013 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'd like to add my input on diphenhydramine/benadryl.

I've been taking diphenhydramine for 5+ years, 150mg almost every night with occasional periods where I didn't bother using it. I use it because it helps me clear my thoughts. There isn't anything recreational about that dose, but I find it helps even though I get to sleep fine without it.

I do think that diphenhydramine/benadryl has some decent anti-anxiety effects. Granted, it comes at the price of making one tired and if the dose isn't right it may be too difficult to focus. Right now I'll say that I haven't been diagnosed with any sort of anxiety disorder, but I do think that I have a mild anxiety problem. I've had a few "attacks" throughout my life, and I've found that it can do the trick.

Diphenhydramine is pretty darned safe, in my opinion. However, I am not a doctor and I have never seeked a doctor's advice on taking it. But I've taken 3x the normal dose(brand Unisom) for years and I still pass my physical exam. If I can take this much for this long a time, I think it's a pretty safe bet that a small dose taken occasionally is nothing to worry about. I'd certainly recommend getting advice from a doctor before taking it regularly for any reason. While I did not do the same, it's not smart to self-diagnose.

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   Posted 6/13/2013 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ShynSassy & Everyone,

I know that Benadryl can be addictive. It helps you sleep. It sometimes actually knocks you out clean hence why people take it-to help them sleep.
However, everyone is different and meds may work differently for everyone.

If your doc recommended it for panic, anxiety, etc. then I think it's fine. If not, you should definitely check with your doctor first.

Take Care

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