Benadryl is helping

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ShynSassy
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   Posted 9/27/2006 7:11 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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normalsnofun
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   Posted 9/27/2006 8:35 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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harry4
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   Posted 9/27/2006 3:32 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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shell67
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   Posted 9/27/2006 4:13 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
shell
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Aussieangel
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   Posted 9/27/2006 6:14 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.

seechell
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   Posted 9/27/2006 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi-
 
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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wildncrazyguy
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   Posted 4/25/2013 10:51 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.

Post Edited By Moderator (Scaredy Cat) : 4/25/2013 10:07:22 AM (GMT-6)


Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 4/25/2013 11:15 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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ExitWound
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   Posted 6/13/2013 9:57 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 12:34 PM (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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grannyberry
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   Posted 5/19/2014 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Benadryl Makes Me Wired, Not Sleepy.
Keeps Me Up All Night!

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 5/19/2014 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Grannyberry and welcome.

Yes, any person can have a unique reaction to any given medication...

I hope that you find, or have found what works for you!

Feel free to post with us anytime. Start your own thread of introduction if you feel comfortable doing so at any time. In this way, you don't get lost tagging onto an older thread...and more members can welcome you.:)

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Over Easy
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   Posted 5/29/2014 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I am weaning myself off of 50mg sertraline because I cannot deal with the side effects. My doctor wants me to try another drug but I would rather not. A couple of weks ago I tried taking one 25mg tablet of generic benadryl and it works! It does not make me sleepy but calms me and does not have the nasty side effects of prescription drugs. I'm glad to see that I am not the only one that has discovered this!

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 5/29/2014 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi O.E. and welcome!

I am glad that you are having success with the Benadyrl. Please see the post above yours regarding starting your own thread if you feel comfortable doing so.;)

Best wishes!

Scaredy Cat
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meathead
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   Posted 2/27/2015 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
What were your side effects?

brendaboo
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   Posted 2/28/2015 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Benadryl gives me the complete opposite effect, I get antsy, can't sleep and feel weird in the head.

Before my son would go under anesthetic they would give him benadryl to help the effectiveness of the anesthesia and just in case there was an allergic reaction, they found out also with him that it had the complete opposite effect and he would be bouncing off of the walls.

I guess it just depends on our chemical make-up, and mine is whacked.

Alice851
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   Posted 3/23/2015 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I just found this forum because I've gotten fed up with my "choking anxiety" and thought I could find some help on-line before I become an alcoholic! (There are no issues after a couple of evening cocktails, but that doesn't work so well during the day). And voila! I'm not the only person in the world who has this problem after all. And it's interesting because I've been taking Benadryl occasionally because I discovered it seems to help me with anxiety in other areas. I thought it was mostly in my mind - a placebo of sorts. But other people have discovered the same thing, so I guess I was right. I'll discuss it with my doctor. Maybe now I can get back to a normal life where I enjoy dining out with friends, and not being afraid and embarrassed by my constant gulping of whatever liquid is nearby. Thank you All!

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   Posted 3/23/2015 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I find this very interesting. I would like to know how many other people benadryl has help with anxiety.

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   Posted 3/23/2015 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Barb i am a long time user of Benadryl, otc i actually was able to stop using Xanax with it, sleep like a
baby, Peace

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   Posted 3/23/2015 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry that's great I'm glad it helped you I may have to talk to my doctor about this

CincinnatiTim
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   Posted 4/1/2016 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Anxiety/Panic Attack Sufferers

I write this knowing that every single person's body chemistry, and the reactions to medicines of each body, vary. But perhaps this response will help some of you. BTW, I'm not selling or pushing anything, just frustrated with mis/dis information out there.

My wife has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), and for the uneducated on RA, it isn't just about joints. The immune system is whacked (a technical term ;-) and impacts all sorts of systems.

My wife has plenty of things in her life to be depressed about, but that isn't her main nature. I've been with her 30 years and I KNOW all of her moods, joys, disappointments, and depression triggers.

When she has a nocturnal (usually) panic attack, it has nothing to do with anything going on in life at that time. It wasn't triggered by sad thoughts, negative thinking, or even people around her being jerks. Everyday life on the best of days can end in a full on, want to run away, hide, panic attacks.

She has tried alcohol many times when she felt the panic levels rising to try to get ahead of it. That doesn't work. Plain and simple, you get both a drunk and panic stricken individual.

On one bad night years ago, thinking that perhaps a Benadryl would help her sleep during an attack, it had her under control in 15 minutes, and resting, after hours of panic. I figured it was the sedative effects of Benadryl (diphenhydramine HCL), but I don't think so anymore.

Over years, we have long periods of time without any panic attacks, though I can see that she gets close sometimes even if not full on. It impacts her thought processes, her perception visually, and more.

It appears to get better and worse with hormone cycles as a contributor. Taking birth control pills and other hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can shift things to make the anxiety better or worse. Changes in hormones as you get older can shift things too.

Having RA changes a person's body chemistry and can cause inflammation in lots of places that can change how a person's chemical systems function as well.

So...

Empirically, I have given my wife low doses of diphenhydramine and seen dramatic recovery from a severe anxiety attack. Not "social anxiety", which lots of people have. Not "worry". Not being a "Debbie downer" negative person. All out fear and need to run, fight or flight, without any logical trigger. Consistently a 25mg single over the counter pill helped an active panic attack.

If it weren't for the depth of the physical indicators that would be very hard for someone to fake or force (very rapid eye movements over an extended multiple hour timeframe) followed by a complete reversion to normal thoughts after a dose, I might wonder if it was placebo effect. I can tell you for my wife, it is not.

Because my wife has a complication of RA called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), and antihistamines can make RLS worse over time, she has to be careful about not taking them too much or too often. So recently during an attack I gave her 1/2 of one caplet, amounting to only 12.5mg. She still found relief within 15 minutes. By relief I don't mean total normality, I just mean the fight or flight she felt abated.

I don't recommend "dosing up" on Benadryl on a regular basis as I have read some people tried with only temporary success. Try to use it to abate the worst attacks; you don't want to become immune to its effects. I don't recommend using more than you absolutely need for an attack.

I have yet to meet a general practitioner, RA doctor, or Psychologist that is willing to run a battery of chemical panels to better understand where people stand as a baseline on a good day, and then do it again when the person is "crashing". That would be good science. Lacking that, doctors assume Benadryl is a placebo, or has mild sedative effects that do it. Some assume Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which is basically retraining your mind not to dwell on negatives, is the path. Perhaps for some where the body is following the mind. But when the body LEADS the mine, when the body changes first and then the thoughts follow, CBT is not the answer. I'm telling you, for my wife, the change before to after taking the pill is profound in the middle of an attack.

I've also been researching the link between inflammation, which RA causes, and Anxiety, and there are multiple medical articles out there that discuss a strong correlation, and in fact RA to Anxiety is much higher than RA to Depression, which was unexpected. Benadryl may work because of reducing a specific type of inflammation response, or indirectly do so by changing another pathway in our system. Whatever the case, I'm watching for more research based answers.

Don't try to take it as a preventative, or prophylactic. Your body might get adjusted to it so that when you need to prevent an attack, it has little impact. Take when you have a real attack. Take just enough. Take care and good luck.

Summary:

There are underlying reasons why some people have full on panic attacks and anxiety attacks that may have more to do with body chemistry, hormones, drugs, and food/chemical intake than what's going on in the world around them. For the subset of people that can feel the panic rising and know that it isn't tied to any event or external stimulus, I recommend trying a simple dose of Benadryl. Yes, it may make you a bit tired. It may or may not work for you, depending on why your chemicals are off, your own hormone changes, pills you take, etc. But if used sparingly it may be the silver bullet that keeps you from running down the street just to "get away".

If this article resonates with you, please take the time to make a simple account on this site and respond. I'd like to hear from others.

I am NOT a doctor or medical professional and this is our story. You must work with your own doctors and do your own research to determine what is right for you. My hope is that this perspective will be helpful to others.

Tim

Post Edited (CincinnatiTim) : 4/1/2016 9:48:48 AM (GMT-6)

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