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micamouse
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   Posted 1/12/2007 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone ever experienced worse anxiety after taking benedryl? I tried several times to use it for my allergies and whammo I get the worst anxiety ever for about two days. Well, I was just wondering if anyone has dealt with this.

jordaNZone
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   Posted 1/12/2007 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmm..correct me if I am wrong but I seem to remember something on the packaging of benedryl and such like to consult a physician if you are taking antidepressants etc.
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   Posted 1/12/2007 3:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I hadn't taken any ativan in about 3 months before taking the benedryl. So I know that it could not have been that.

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   Posted 1/12/2007 4:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Benadryl contains an antihistamine called Diphenhydramine which normally causes drowsiness, but in some cases (apparently yours and mine as well)
can also cause rapid or irregular heartbeat. Diphenhydramine was found to inhibit the uptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin, and eventually led to the invention of fluoxetine, better known as Prozac. I've had massive panic attacks when tring to take Prozac, so this could be a source of the problem as well.

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   Posted 1/12/2007 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Ditto to what kimomolo posted
I cannot take it gives me shakes and rapid heartbeat .......
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   Posted 1/12/2007 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not on any anti-anxiety meds. And my doctor told me that when I felt anxious that I should take 2 benedryl to calm me down. It seems to work for me(probley because it just makes me drowsy and go to sleep!) Thats strange.

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   Posted 1/12/2007 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
It helps me get to sleep, but then when I wakeup, the anxiety symptoms are worse than before.  Almost when I used to use alcohol to get rid of anxiety.
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   Posted 1/12/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   

to micamouse

tell doc or pharmacist what happened and ask for some other type of antihistamine

benadryl is an older antihistamine that usually sedates and was promoted as a tranquilliser and sleeping pill also, still helps many with these problems, but is subject to abuse as a street drug, taken a packet at a time

feeling hung  over next day is a risk if a high dose is taken, say for allergies


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   Posted 1/14/2007 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My wife would give me benedryl for anxiety to help me sleep at night. It worked like a charm.

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   Posted 1/15/2007 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
It gives me HORRIBLE panic attacks. But then again, almost any medicine does. Pain pills, over the counter cold pills, even things like excedrine migraine. So I just dont take anything but tylenol and my ativan. They put me on antibiotics this past week and i seemed to do okay with that at least. I know how you feel. It sucks
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   Posted 1/15/2007 4:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I am with ya there Hunniebee try the hot milk I made a believer outta Michelle ( lil One )
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   Posted 1/21/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Benadryl makes me worse, I am sure of it. I get paplitations and exitable when I take antihistamines. I strongly believe that is what brought on my recent panic attacks when I took lots of benadryl for severe itching(from scabies of all things). I itched nonstop for 7weeks, this may have contributed too. I plan to avoid antihistamines whenever I can now.
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   Posted 1/22/2007 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I stay away from OTC meds except tylenol and gravol ( dimenihydrate) it puts you to sleep as well w/o hangover feeling
As does the old stand by HOT MILK........
I drink a cup everynight with a dopple of cinnamon on top ........
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Wishing you all the best
Post and let us know okay
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   Posted 1/22/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
mmm Hot milk...yes it does work wonders....
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   Posted 1/22/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Benadryl has a strong effect on various neurotransmitters, which can be unpredictable when combined with AD's or if you have panic attacks/depression. I try to avoid OTC products whenever possible because I have found they can interfere with my meds.

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   Posted 1/23/2007 3:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I try not to take any meds if i don't have to, but when I was first diagnosed w/panic attacks 13 years ago, the doc told me to take benadryl and it relaxed me (sort of). My sister who does not suffer from anxiety or panic gets horrible anxiety when she takes benadryl. She's now afraid to take it and won't even keep it in her house. 

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   Posted 1/23/2007 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   

benadryl and the other older antihistamines sedate most people and  for them can still be useful for anxiety if nothing else is available

I knew an anxiety sufferer who was no longer housebound   when  using cough mixture containing an antihistamine, not approved of course, but life is short yeah


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   Posted 1/24/2007 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
If you need sedating qualities to calm down without the risk of benzos, I've used 25mg of Trazodone every 6 hours. It has less side effects than Benadryl and is safer.

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   Posted 1/24/2007 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I cant see any harm in this but not everyone is sedated by this med

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   Posted 6/24/2015 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here with the Benadryl. 2 years ago, I took 2 Benadryl. What a mistake! Within 20 minutes, I could not talk, and had the worst panic/anxiety attack I have ever experienced. I was hallucinating, my breathing stopped and I literally had to force myself to breath. I also got terrible auditory hallucinations that sounded like a cacaphony of voices, music, car honkings, etc. I tried xxxx 1 time in the 1970's and had a "bad trip". Well, the bad trip from the Benadryl was 100x worse than a xxxx bad trip. I ended up in the psych ward for almost a week because of the panic attacks and hallucinations. My Dr. told me that appx. 5% of people have an enzyme in their liver that converts Benadryl into an amphetamine and a psychedelic drug. People, be careful with this pill. Just because you can get it OTC, does not mean it is safe for everyone.

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   Posted 6/24/2015 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing Well's anxiety forum Dave_1963. You've found an awesome community full of caring people that understand living with anxiety.

I'm sorry to hear about your bad panic attack, do you still have anxiety and panic attacks?

I'm going to lock this tread, you replied to a very old thread and none of the posters are still here on healing well. Please feel free to start your introduction post so we can all welcome you to healing well. Thank You.
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