Is diphenhydramine an effective sleep aid?
Unfortunately, although diphenhydramine may be effective at inducing sleep, it has several side effects that make it a poor sleep aid overall. First, diphenhydramine is only safe to use as a sleep aid in the short term.
How long will diphenhydramine make you sleep?
The effects of diphenhydramine last from four to six hours. Benadryl in the injectable form has a rapid onset of action. When used as a night-time sleeping aid, the usual dosage of Benadryl is 50mg at bedtime. A lower dosage may be needed in the elderly.
Can I take 2 50mg diphenhydramine?
Do not take 2 antihistamines together unless you’ve been advised to by your doctor. What’s the difference between diphenhydramine and other antihistamines? Diphenhydramine is known as a drowsy, or sedating, antihistamine as it makes you sleepy. Non-drowsy antihistamines are less likely to have this effect.
Can diphenhydramine cause brain damage?
Potential harm to the brain: Long-term anticholinergic use has been associated with increased dementia risk; diphenhydramine can impair many cognitive functions including memory.
Is 25 mg of diphenhydramine a lot?
Diphenhydramine HCl comes in 25 mg and 50 mg strengths (Benadryl is a common brand). For adults and teens, the diphenhydramine dosage is 25 to 50 mg every 4 to 6 hours. The maximum amount you should take in one day is 300 mg. Keep in mind, taking higher doses can increase the risk of side effects, including drowsiness.
Is diphenhydramine dangerous if taken nightly as a sleep aid?
It is not a sleep aid, although many people use it for that purpose. One of diphenhydramine’s side effects is sleepiness, but other side effects include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, increased chest congestion, headache, muscle weakness, and nervousness.
What are the long-term effects of using diphenhydramine?
diphenhydramine can cause addictive effects when engaging in long-term use of the substance.
How does diphenhydramine work for sleep?
It works by reducing the time needed to fall asleep and increases the depth and quality of sleep. Diphenhydramine hydrochloride is used to aid relief of temporary sleep disturbance (difficulties sleeping) in adults and children over 16 years of age.
Is it safe to use Benadryl for sleep?
Taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every day is generally not recommended. If you are using Benadryl to help you sleep, talk to your doctor about your sleeping issues to determine the cause and/or find an alternative sleep-aid.