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Posted: 5/20/2005 12:59:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/20/2005 1:00:11 AM EDT by chaos4570]
Anyone use benedryl as a sleep aid? the doctor prescribed me Ambien. I have taken it twice and will not take it anymore. Super bad dreams................back to benedryl
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:02:06 AM EDT
I use benedryl occasioanlly the full dose (50 mg?) is the exact same as in Unisom.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:02:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/20/2005 1:02:42 AM EDT by Stealth]
Go to the store and look at all the "sleep aids". Sominex and Unisom and the generic clones...

They all have the same active ingredient as benedryl.

Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:04:05 AM EDT
I was just wondering if there were any "BAD" effects of regular use?
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:04:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/20/2005 1:05:01 AM EDT by astro]
Benadryl works great. Diphenhydramine is the active ingredient. It is also what's in Unisom and Sominex. Take 50-75mg of generic diphenhydramine. It's generally effective and not habit-forming. Rarely people will have an idiosyncratic reaction where it will keep them awake rather than make them drowsy.

When I'm working nights (like I am now), I take 100mg of diphenhydramine when I get home and am able to sleep until 3 or 4 in the afternoon. I feel well-rested when I get up.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:06:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By chaos4570:
I was just wondering if there were any "BAD" effects of regular use?


Not that I know of, use to take it often for allergies, but I do recall it would make me thirsty, and very tired... had to struggle to stay awake at work and school.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:11:03 AM EDT
Try Simply Sleep?
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:13:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By astro:


When I'm working nights (like I am now), I take 100mg of diphenhydramine when I get home and am able to sleep until 3 or 4 in the afternoon. I feel well-rested when I get up.



Me too, I work graveyard shifts now and this is the only thing that keeps me sane. I pay about $3 for 50 tablets 50mg each.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:35:14 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:39:12 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:58:05 AM EDT
I have had pretty goodluck taking melatonin. I got a bottle from the health food store. works pretty good for me.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 2:40:26 AM EDT
I hate benadryl.

I take it for a few weeks at a time during ragweed season because nothing else I've tried works.

Sleep aid? Yeah, that sounds about right.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 2:40:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/20/2005 2:41:17 AM EDT by TomJefferson]
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 6:52:46 PM EDT
I was on ambien for two years when the docs pulled the plug.

It took a bit of "adjusting", but what worked the best for me was VALERIAN ROOT.

this stuff smells bad, like dirty sock
but it worked well for me.

Link Posted: 5/20/2005 6:57:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/20/2005 6:58:38 PM EDT by FLAL1A]
Benadryl leaves me dry-mouthed and groggy in the morning, but no other side effects, and I feel fine by lunch at the latest. One big problem is that your tolerance increases very rapidly if you take it with any regularity - you can quickly find yourself taking 2 or 3 to get drowsy; otoh, you reacquire sensitivity quickly, as well.

You should probably let your MD know about the dreams. I have never heard of that as a side effect of Ambien. In fact, everybody I know who's used it raves about it.

Good luck and/or welcome to middle age.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 6:57:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sWs2:

Originally Posted By chaos4570:
I was just wondering if there were any "BAD" effects of regular use?


Not that I know of, use to take it often for allergies, but I do recall it would make me thirsty, and very tired... had to struggle to stay awake at work and school.



+1
I took benadryl for a few years to get to sleep and woke up so drowsey that i took Dimetapp Non-Drowsey to stay awake during my 12+ hour work day.

Ambien makes me halucinate. Melatonin is the best thing that I've found. For about $4 you can get 180 melatonin 1mg at WalMart.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 6:57:49 PM EDT
It works too damn good as far as I'm concerned. I can't seem to wake up the next day, I find myself drowsy all damn day........
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:05:16 PM EDT
Melatonin, kava kava, valerian root...natures "sleep" help with no after affects, no as in none.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:07:03 PM EDT

Benadryl and Sominex (and over the counter "sleep aid") are the same medicine, so yeah - you can definitely take it to help you sleep.


By the same token, you can also take Sominex for your allergies

Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:22:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NAKED-GUNMAN:
Melatonin, kava kava, valerian root...natures "sleep" help with no after affects, no as in none.



how are melatonin supplements manufactured?
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:37:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By chaos4570:
Anyone use benedryl as a sleep aid? the doctor prescribed me Ambien. I have taken it twice and will not take it anymore. Super bad dreams................back to benedryl



I took benadryl once. I woke up two days later in the pasture lying face down next to the dogs talking to Elvis.

I've never taken more than two at a time though, I could become a zombie.

Ben
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:40:34 PM EDT
Yeah I used it for a long time. It works well for giving you good sleep. Now I am trying 5-HTP. I would give that a try too. Just make sure to take it a few hours before you go to bed.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:40:40 PM EDT
I am the Director of a Sleep Disorders Center.

Benadryl is hella harsh on your system, and is not eliminated as fast as Ambien, leaving you with a much worse hangover. Also it can be psychologiaclly addicting with regards to use as a sleep aid, leading to pathopsychologic insomnia if you don't tkae it ("I can't sleep without my Benadryl...")

Have your doc prescribe you some Sonata...seems to work well in those that have trouble with Ambien.

None of the above is meant to be construed as medical advice...Get thee to a Sleep Specialist if you want that.

SG
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:48:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/20/2005 7:53:51 PM EDT by DK-Prof]
never mind - I'm stupid.

Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:52:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

Originally Posted By ScaryGuy:
I am the Director of a Sleep Disorders Center.

Benadryl is hella harsh on your system, and is not eliminated as fast as Ambien, leaving you with a much worse hangover. Also it can be psychologiaclly addicting with regards to use as a sleep aid, leading to pathopsychologic insomnia if you don't tkae it ("I can't sleep without my Benadryl...")



Can I ask what exactly is the difference between Benadryl and Sominex, that makes Benadryl "harsher" on your system?




He didn't say it was "harsher" than sominex.


Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:53:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/20/2005 7:54:47 PM EDT by DK-Prof]

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

Originally Posted By ScaryGuy:
I am the Director of a Sleep Disorders Center.

Benadryl is hella harsh on your system, and is not eliminated as fast as Ambien, leaving you with a much worse hangover. Also it can be psychologiaclly addicting with regards to use as a sleep aid, leading to pathopsychologic insomnia if you don't tkae it ("I can't sleep without my Benadryl...")



Can I ask what exactly is the difference between Benadryl and Sominex, that makes Benadryl "harsher" on your system?




He didn't say it was "harsher" than sominex.






Damn it - I'm a total fucking retard. I thought he said Sominex, when he said Ambien.

Whoops



ETA: Phew - I managed to edit out my public display of poor reading comprehension.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:54:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

Damn it - I'm a total fucking retard.




Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:55:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LJUnaTIC:
I was on ambien for two years when the docs pulled the plug.

It took a bit of "adjusting", but what worked the best for me was VALERIAN ROOT.

this stuff smells bad, like dirty sock
but it worked well for me.




+100!
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:55:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:


ETA: Phew - I managed to edit out my public display of poor reading comprehension.




yeah, but I saved it for you
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:56:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:


ETA: Phew - I managed to edit out my public display of poor reading comprehension.




yeah, but I saved it for you




You officially own me.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:57:04 PM EDT
Send me some wooden shoes and we'll call it even.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:57:15 PM EDT
Never heard the term "It's time to Dryl the kids!" ....
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:59:21 PM EDT
I've been using Ambien for a while now, never did experience any bad dreams; it works very well for me.

There's a new sleep pill I've found advertised- it's Lunesta. I don't know anything more about it; anyone heard of it or tried it?

There's an OTC that works well for me, it's Doxylamine Succinate, 25 mg. I didn't know that there were so many people with sleep disorders! I thought I was the only one...
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 7:59:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
Send me some wooden shoes and we'll call it even.




I'm all out of wooden shoes, but the beer's on me any time you're in St. Louis
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 8:45:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:

Originally Posted By NAKED-GUNMAN:
Melatonin, kava kava, valerian root...natures "sleep" help with no after affects, no as in none.



how are melatonin supplements manufactured?



I have no idea...I dated a nurse years ago and she always had herbs for every problem. The valerian and melatonin worked great.
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