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Can you get addicted to Benadryl?

Sometimes. If you are taking Benadryl as prescribed, your chances of becoming addicted to the active ingredients found in the antihistamine are relatively low. But if you are taking Benadryl for euphoric effect, risk of Benadryl addiction increases. We review here.

Benadryl chemistry and use

Benadryl is an antihistamine used for the temporary relief of allergy symptoms, motion sickness and in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. However, the active ingredient in Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can also affect the central nervous system and has been used medically as a sleep aid and a cough suppressant. Non-medically, people may seek the significant sedative side effects of the drug and abuse Benadryl for euphoric effect.  In other words, many over the counter and Rx drugs do not have euphoric effect.  For example,  getting high on ibuprofen and taking trazodone to get high is impossible.  But Benadryl is different. Some people can feel high on Benadryl.

What does Benadryl do in the body?

Diphenhydramine is a H1 receptor antagonist, which works by blocking the effect of histamine in the body and results in relief from allergy symptoms. However, the chemical reactions that diphenhydramine trigger in the body may also other effects, including significant sedative side effects on the central nervous system. The effects of Benadryl are dose dependent and peak plasma concentrations of diphenhydramine occur 2-3 hours after ingestion. The effects of Benadryl usually last 4-6 hours. Benadryl central nervous system effects include:

  • abnormal sensations (“pins and needles”)
  • blurred vision
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • disturbed coordination
  • dizziness
  • euphoria
  • excitation
  • fatigue
  • inflammation of a peripheral nerve or nerves
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • nervousness
  • restlessness
  • sedation
  • sleepiness
  • tinnitus
  • tremor
  • vertigo

Mixing Benadryl with other substances

Benadryl is known to have adverse reactions when mixed with other medications or substances.  Effects of diphenhydramine are increased by the presence of MAOI’s, diazepam, hypnotics, sedatives, tranquilizers, and other central nervous system depressants.  Like other drugs, mixing diphenhydramine with alcohol can be dangerous and should be avoided (can you mix Adderall and alcohol?). If you take Benadryl and drink alcohol, the sleepy, drowsy, or lightheaded sensations of alcohol may be amplified…but you are at increased risk for overdose on Benadryl and can cause serious harm to yourself and others.

How do you get addicted to Benadryl?

It is rare that people who take Benadryl as prescribed report dependence or withdrawal effects within recommended doses (25-50 mg diphenhydramine every 6-8 hours, not to exceed 50-100 mg every 4-6 hours.). But you should know if you take Benadryl repeatedly, or at higher than recommended doses. over time you can develop a physical tolerance to diphenhydramine. In other words, you will need to take more Benadryl to achieve the same effects. But physical dependence is not the same as addiction.

If you are taking Benadryl for the central nervous system effects of sedation or euphoria, you may also develop psychological dependence on diphenhydramine. Psychological dependence on drugs is a mental obsession with your drug of choice, and craving the drug even though taking it does you harm. So, Benadryl addiction occurs when your body both develops tolerance for diphenhydramine, you go through withdrawal when you stop taking it, AND you crave Benadryl despite negative consequences drug use has brought in your life.

Questions about Benadryl dependency

If you think that you may have a problem with Benadryl, you probably do. Please leave your question about Benadryl use or possible dependency below. We’ll be happy to help or to refer you to a local organization who can.

Reference sources:  NIAAA publication Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines
AHFS Consumer Medication Information on Diphenhydramine
NIDA COMMUNITY DRUG ALERT: Prescription Drug Abuse
Daily Med drug info for diphenhydramine
Wiki on histamine antagonist
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Drug and Human Performance Fact Sheets on Diphenhydramine

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547 Responses to “Can you get addicted to Benadryl?
8:37 pm December 1st, 2011

i have a problem…

6:54 pm December 3rd, 2011

Hi Tina. Thanks for getting in touch. Are you ready to stop taking Benadryl? Do you trust your family doctor enough to tell on yourself?

11:58 am January 3rd, 2012

I have a problem .I take 100 to 150mg every night. been taking it for 3 years now. Can’t sleep without it.

4:07 am January 4th, 2012

Hi Samantha. Thanks for letting us know. It must be scary to think that you cannot sleep without Benadryl. Do you want to stop taking it to get to sleep?

5:23 pm January 4th, 2012

Yes I want to stop my heart starts beating really fast now about 30 min after taking the medicine

11:21 am January 5th, 2012

I think I was unknowingly developing a serious problem but have now flushed the benadryl and won’t be touching it again, thanks for the very informative article

2:00 am January 7th, 2012

Hi Samantha. My suggestion to you would be to consult a doctor. You first need to evaluate your dependency levels, and then come up with a plan for possible withdrawal. You should be able to do this with the help of a general physician or family doctor…but if needed, you can always consult a local detox office.

Does this help?

1:19 pm February 23rd, 2012

I wanted to know more about dependency. I take it at last twice a day at about 500 Mg at a time. Does it cause health problems? I was wondering if stopping causes irritability.

2:37 pm February 23rd, 2012

Hi Bretney. Thanks for your question. From what I have read, some tolerance may develop to the sedative effects of diphenhydramine with repeated oral dosing. That means that after time, you would have to take more Benadryl to achieve similar effect as when you first started. But withdrawal protocol from Benadryl is tricky to find.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, no withdrawal effects within recommended doses have been reported. However, one recorded case study of diphenhydramine withdrawal occurred when doctors lowered doses from 1600 to 600 mg/d suddenly and then tapered diphenhydramine over 9 days. Records do state mildly irritability and increased defecation as side effects during diphenhydramine withdrawal.

You can find more information here:

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6:11 pm July 23rd, 2012

I’ve been taking Diphenhydramine every night for 7 years. Now I am up to 250mg a night I stopped about 48 hours ago and I’m just wondering how long these withdrawal symptoms last. Been dealing with nausea, dizziness, headache, irratibilty, upset stomach, insomnia. Thanks

12:29 pm July 24th, 2012

The time period it takes for drug withdrawal to occur and for symptoms to resolve is as unique as the individual withdrawing from the drug. Antihistamines taken as sleeping aids because of their sedating properties can provoke withdrawal symptoms for up to a week after you stop dosing. However, your experience will be unique and differ according to your age, body mass, general health, etc. I’d suggest that you seek medical help and counsel for advice on diphenhydramine withdrawal, including possible medical interventions to help ease the symptoms that you report.

10:06 pm August 7th, 2012

I have been using diphenhydramine(HCL) to help me sleep for the last three years, i have taken up to 400mg a day. I stopped taking them three days ago and i have been experiencing nausesa, irritability, headaches and an upset stomach. I was wondering if anyone had a similar experience as me and how long did it take for the withdrawal symptoms to go away?

6:11 pm August 8th, 2012

Hi Cierra. I hope that this article can help you:

Please let me know if there’s anything else we can do to support you in your decision to stop using diphenhydramine to get to sleep.

Alicia Rogers
10:45 am August 26th, 2012

Im addicted have been for 5 years I take around 15 a day sometime more depending on the day I have a immune disorder and celiac disease im scared my addition or need will kill me someday. And my doctors know I take it and how much everyone knows they dont seem to concerned my mom is of coarse but any medical doctor I have told says it is ok

3:58 pm August 28th, 2012

Hi Alicia. I’d suggest that you seek help from a doctor or addiction specialist who knows about the addictive properties of diphenhydramine. Keep calling people to ask for help or go straight to an addiction treatment center and as their intake people if they can treat diphenhydramine addiction. Better to know up front what kind of services a medical establishment can provide you with than to be disappointed later.

4:23 am September 2nd, 2012

When I was just out of high school I.started taking sleeping pills then turned into benedryle. I am 35 and still take massive doses(40-50 pills a DAY) I’m high right now but know I have a problem. I feel hopeless all the time and its ruining my life. What can I do?

7:27 pm September 2nd, 2012

Hi Jake. The first thing that you do is to admit that you need help. And then, you seek council with a medical doctor, trusted friend or addiction professional such as a psychologist, counselor or psychiatrist. You CAN get better…but the path to getting better requires an honest look at the reasons why you use drugs to feel OK in your own skin.

Does that help?

2:53 pm September 3rd, 2012

I have been to a treatment facility but when I told them my drug of choice was benedryl they didn’t take me seriously. Kind of laughed in my face and discharged me the same week. Where do you go after you go to the people that are supposed to help you and won’t?

8:11 pm September 3rd, 2012

Hi Jake. I find it disappointing and disturbing that a professional addiction treatment center does not recognize the real danger of addiction to diphenhydramine. I can only say that there are many charlatan treatment centers who disguise themselves as medical centers but are in reality just there for insurance money. I’d suggest that you seek a recognized expert facility or even a private addiction counselor who understands drug addiction and its manifestations. Sound them out by making a phone call to screen out unprofessional centers and ask if they specifically CAN treat diphenhydramine addiction, or not.

Alicia Rogers
5:01 pm September 5th, 2012

Can it kill me? Or do something to my body?

6:34 pm September 5th, 2012

Hi Alicia. The short term side effects of diphenhydramine include agitation, dry mouth, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, disturbed coordination, irritability, pins & needles, blurred vision, and depression. Most notably, this drug may cause drowsiness and has an additive effect with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants…making you even more drowsy if you take other depressant medications.

Diphenhydramine can cause serious symptoms if you overdose on it such as tremors, sinus tachycardia, fever, hallucination, convulsions or seizures, low blood pressure, deep coma, cardiorespiratory collapse, and death.

Do you know who to ask for help? Have you tried calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357)?

7:16 pm September 5th, 2012

Hey everyone.. I can tell you from first hand experience in most cases you can know more about a particular drug than your doctor. Not to make excuses for them but think of all the medications out there that a general doctor has to keep up with. I had some major side effects when I quit taking gereric paxil. My doctor was clueless but then I started doing research on my own and all of my symptom other people had experienced when they quit taking the prescription drug. Naturally, everyones symptoms vary. Just do your homework before taking or getting off a prescription drug. If your doctor prescribes something, ask him/her the side effects then get online yourself and see what people are saying who have actually taken the drug. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone because I know YOU CAN get YOUR life back!!!!

Alicia Rogers
8:21 pm September 5th, 2012

Im not gonna overdose my body is getting immune to it therefore I have to take more do alot of people get addicted to Benadryl?

11:03 am September 6th, 2012

Hi Alicia. No, I do not think that Benadryl addiction is very common. That does not mean that it does not occur. However, I do think that Jeff is right. Keep looking for a doctor who understands drug addiction, and is open to looking at research and who can help you. For more information, search for these keywords in your internet browser: diphenhydramine dependence diphenhydramine addiction

9:06 am September 7th, 2012

Hey ive been takin diphenhydramine since i waaas 9 yrs old im 23 now im up to 800 to 1000 mg a day i jus got out of treatmen gt for 7yrs methadone and benzo i know i got a prob with diphen to but i cant sleep at all no more do u have any advice

12:24 pm September 8th, 2012

Hi Chris. Yes! My suggestion is to talk with a sleep specialist. There are many lifestyle adjustments to make in order to get a good night’s sleep. But if you are in early recovery, turning to other meds might NOT be the right approach. See a doctor and ask for a referral to a sleep specialist.

4:37 am September 9th, 2012

Benedryl and alcohol is very addictive together. My experience with it is, it gives me a rollercoaster. I might be ready to go to sleep but when i try, my body wants to move so i have to get up therefore i drink more. This is was very fun in college but now that i have kids i hate the way i feel but i still do it. I have been doing both together for about 15 years. my life has passed in a daze. I hope that whoever is taking them together can get off. its not fun when you’re 35

10:17 pm September 9th, 2012

A family member completed rehab for an oxycodone / heroin addiction. This person is now taking sleep products with diphenhydramine and drinking alcohol – possibly at the same time. I tend to think that this is a dangerous combination, but the family does not see it that way. This person seems overwhelmed, unhealthy, and stressed all the time. The physical surroundings of the home are in complete disarray – similar to when this person was an addict. I’m highly concerned. Some in the family think that the addict is “cured” and that it’s ok to drink and take sleep aids. Am I right to be worried? What do I do?

7:39 pm September 11th, 2012

Hello saucy. Yes, drinking and taking diphenhydramine are risky behaviors for a drug addict. If you are concerned, I’d suggest that you address the person yourself, or speak privately with the person’s doctor. However, there is only so much influence you can have…and the situation will not change without the addict’s involvement and commitment to get better.

8:38 am September 12th, 2012

Does diphenhydramine hurt your stomach lining for the past couple weeks when i take my diphen it kills my stomach and it never did before ive been on them close to 14 years

1:12 pm September 12th, 2012

Hi Chris. Stomach pain can be present during acute diphenhydramine overdose or may be caused by other factors. FYI, gastrointestinal symptoms are less frequently observed with diphenhydramine than with
other H1 antagonists. I’d suggest that you contact a family doctor ASAP and look into possible other medical causes for your stomach discomfort.

6:12 pm September 14th, 2012

I have been taking two benadryl to sleep for about 20 days, sometimes i had to take 3-4, most of the time 2. Can I still get off them or am i addicted?

1:15 pm September 15th, 2012

Hi Toli. There is a difference between physical dependence and addiction. I think that you may be confusing the two. While it’s possible that you may be physically dependent on Benadryl, you can stop taking Benadryl, go through possible withdrawal symptoms and then recover. For a Benadryl addict, cravings for diphenhydramine will persist even after withdrawal.

And yes, you can stop taking Benadryl at any time. However, if you think that you’ve become dependent on Benadryl, seek a medical opinion first, taper your dosage, and stop taking Benadryl under medical supervision.

2:06 pm September 16th, 2012

Hi Chris. To be honest: I do not know if long term diphenhydramine affects the stomach lining, or not. Not many longitudinal studies exist which look at the long term effects of diphenhydramine. I would suggest that you speak with your general physician or family doctor about these reported side effects…you may be due for a physical check up and full diagnostic analysis.

4:59 am September 18th, 2012

Thanks for yr advice

1:35 am October 9th, 2012

I’m very sad to read about this drug. A friend admits that she takes Benadryl every day and has done so for years. Reading the above has me worried.

8:38 am October 10th, 2012

I’ve been breaking out in hives for 16 yrs, Doctor couldn’t do anything but prescribed me Predisone at the breakouts Benedryl couldnt stop..Started at normal dose 50mg at a time now Im at 100mg for it to work. Recently I was but on Antibotic therapy for a Bone infection and Predisone to jump start my Immune system….I was breaking out every treatment and at 3*a day thats 300mg…I found myself falling asleep sitting down and constantly fighting my eyes….Came to the point My Girlfriend has backed off of me and wants explanations or its over…..My QUESTION does anyone have a simular case and what are my options? Benedryl just messed up something amazing and I HAD NO clue Addiction could be a possibility. I haven’t taking any in 3daya n feel fine but I know when I start surfing again….I need a solution or is this all in my head??? Its a trip

9:24 am October 10th, 2012

Hi Chris. What does your prescribing doctor say?

11:41 pm October 10th, 2012

I am a hopeless diphenydramine addict. I began 4 years ago with 300mg to acheive euphoria. Now, 4 years later I am taking as many as 70 pills a day. I need help and don’t know where to find it.

6:59 pm October 11th, 2012

Hi Emory. Good for you for reaching out for help. You can find help by calling the National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Hotline: 800-662-HELP (4357) This 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline offers information, support, treatment options and referrals to local rehab centers for any drug or alcohol problem.

11:14 pm October 11th, 2012

I just recently came to the realization that I am addicted to diphenhydramine. I had some very severe symptoms including waking up from some very vivid nightmares feeling like. I was going to die! The only way I can explain it is to compare it to motion sickness or vertigo. I woke up drenched in sweat with heart palpitations and anxiety. I have also been experiencing constant joint and muscle pain originating from my knees and radiating out into my leg which have gotten progressively worse over the last two years.I also have experienced a lot af nervousness, depression, restlessness and insomnia, just to name a few less severe symptoms.
I realized after doing some research last night what has been causing it. Benadry. Is it just me or shouldn’t our government be protecting us from stuff like this.This crap should at absolute minimum have some serious warning labels on the box. I have been taking this garbage for almost three years now at about 50 to 75 mg a night before. Go to bed. Its ruining my life and I’m very angry about it. Not to mention scared! Should I just quit cold turkey or wein myself off?

2:53 pm October 12th, 2012

Hi Cory. I’d suggest that you get an appointment with your family doctor ASAP for a consultation on tapering Benadryl dosage, as well as asking for more information and local resources/alternatives to treat the symptoms that you mention. It’s time for a check-up and visiting your doctor is the first step in getting help! BTW – any drug withdrawal has potential side effects, so cold turkey withdrawal without medical supervision is definitely not the best way to go. All the best of luck to you!!!

6:29 am October 28th, 2012

I’ve been taking two benadryls per night for the past six months to help me sleep. I don’t drink, smoke, or use any other drugs. Can I be addicted?

9:03 am November 5th, 2012

Hi American. You body can be physically dependent on the main active ingredient in Benadryl, diphenhydramine, without having a psychological addiction to the drug. If you want to end the physical dependency, I’d suggest that you consult with your family doctor to report the use and to seek alternatives (either lifestyle or pharmaceutical) for sleeping. For mild sleeping problems, I personally use melatonin. There are plenty of options out there!

2:35 pm November 5th, 2012

Hey American. I am in no way a doctor but can tell you that do everything in your power to resolve your sleeping issues without medication. Try walking in the evenings. Eating earlier. Read a good book, (the Bible is awesome)… Get up earlier… Good luck!!!

12:45 am December 13th, 2012

Hi yall I am trying to get my ol lady of this crap ..We have both have our drug ues out back in the day and hardcor drugs ..Not just pot ..but I thought we were both over all that crap ..Boy was I wrong …Last week my ol lady ran out of this crap and she was with out for two days ..Man she started acting angry for no reson and it only got wores as the night went on.In the moring she went to the store and got some when she got home about half hour later she was cool and relaxed ..She was acting hi of this crap..Can you help me??

10:38 pm December 17th, 2012

My daughters dad has been giving her large amounts of benedryl to get her to sleep the entire time she is with him. She is 16 months old and spends 48 hours every other week with him. Is it possible for her to become addicted to benedryl in this short amount of time? She comes home and she’s very irritable and just cries unconsolable for 3-4 days then she starts recovering. She also has severe dry mouth as she drinks 5x as much as usual and won’t eat. What are the withdrawl symptoms of benedryl in young children? What are the long term harms that this will cause to her?

8:32 am December 18th, 2012

Hi Lee. Contact a social worker immediately! Your child’s father SHOULD NOT be using Benadryl to put a child to sleep. This is borderline drug abuse and if it happens any more, you should not leave your daughter with him.

9:35 am January 2nd, 2013

I started taking benadryl about 3 years ago. I’m afraid it’s out if control now I started at 50mg and now I’m taking 6 pills several times a day. It’s affecting my memory, my behavior, everything. I started taking benadryl to help me sleep, but then i noticed it was helping control my mood swings, i have bipolar disorder. it was also making me a lot less anxious and thats a huge problem I’ve always had. All I want to do is stay at home & space out from the benadryl. The winter doesn’t help because I am a shut in during cold weather. I really want to stop but im afraid that doing so would make me revert back to my old ways and I don’t want that. I tried to quit a yea ago or so, the farthest I got was 2 weeks. It’s frustrating. I knew my use was a problem before but now it’s starting to scare me. I’m easily confused about normal tasks & driving is beginning to be a problem. I don’t use them while I drive but the morning after, driving seems to be a bit tough. I notice I’m clumsier & when someone speaks to me, my reaction time is delayed, my body feels weird, not to mention the stomach pains I wake up to sometimes. I know one of my issues with it is that it makes me dehydrated & maybe my lack of keeping myself properly hydrated is making these side effects worse. I don’t know who to go to for help for this, but I’m desperate.

11:42 am January 2nd, 2013

Hi Oliver. You can start with seeing your family doctor. The best thing to do when you’re ready to face psychological addiction to any substance is to move beyond denial and admit your problem to someone else. It’s a real relief! For free, anonymous help you can call the National Drug Abuse Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP.

Good luck and let us know if this helps!

1:46 am January 9th, 2013

I am addicted to IV Benadryl mostly, I have a port in and have been seretly pushing 50-100mg of Benadryl whenever I feel like I need it. I also take 3-4 pills before bed too. My friend has an addictions church that meets on Wednesday nights but I would feel stupid going there when I don’t even have a true drug problem. I don’t do any drugs only Benadryl. How do I ask my friend about coming to his support group? My friend is the addictions pastor there. I don’t want to overdose on this stuff but I need that feeling it gives me.

3:21 pm January 9th, 2013

Hi Sarah, I think that you definitely qualify for the support group! Needing a chemical to get through the day is totally the basis for addiction, so don’t feel silly. Reach out to your friend and ask for help!!! You don’t need to do this alone!

4:10 am January 22nd, 2013

I am addicted to benadryl. I have been taking it to get high for at least 2 years, if not longer. What damage have I caused my body and what can i do to stop?

2:37 pm January 23rd, 2013

Hi Lisa. I’d suggest that you go see your family doctor ASAP and ask for help. You may need to taper doses before totally eliminating Benadryl from your system and it will be helpful to have a medical opinion. Additionally, you can ask for referrals to mental health services in your area that treat chemical dependence and addiction. It’s possible that you can detox in a clinical setting, if necessary. And then, you should plan to follow up with psychological treatment for the underlying issues which compel you to use Benadryl. Let us know if you need additional support!

6:32 am February 7th, 2013

I do think I have a problem. I take about 4-5 pills of 25 mg. I love the sedating feeling it gives me. It makes me sleep so great!

5:27 pm February 13th, 2013

Can Benedryl cause pain in the legs where you can’t walk for a few days?

Erika S
2:41 pm February 22nd, 2013

I have been taking Benadryl off and on for many years. At worst i can take 40 a night of the standard 25 mg. Cosco sells a bottle of 600 for a little under $6.00 (yes 6 dollars). When I try to stop and have on numerous occasions i feel like I’ve got a flu or just bad in general. The symptoms kick in after 36 hours without my 30 pills a night. I can get the symptoms down by taking 6 pills, but that starts the cycle and before I know it I’ve taken 25 more. I have done this since I stopped drinking 20 years ago.
It affects my ability to focus or discern my tasks as a software developer. I did kick it(again) 4months ago. That time was bad and I actually experiences swelling plus elevated blood pressure. This may not be related but it certianly felt like it.

1:50 am February 24th, 2013

I am scared to death! I think my uncle is SEVERELY addicted to benedryl. He goes through at least 100 in a day. he is falling down most of the time, loosing weight, bright green diarrhea, and has become very anti social. his kids call him and he just ignores the calls. When you try to talk to him, he gets very agitated, incoherent, and is exhausted all the time. I don’t know what to do. Most of the time, his kids, family, friends call me, because I am the one who lives closest to him. It’s getting hard to balance my life and his. what do I do? How can I help him he seems like he doesn’t care anymore……

2:33 pm February 24th, 2013

Hello Concerned. 100 bottles of Benadryl a day is a serious cry for help! I’d suggest that you get in touch with your state attorney general’s office and see if there is a law that can require him to seek treatment. In Florida, it’s called the “Baker Act”. Additionally, call the social services office in your county and learn more about what you can do.

12:06 am February 25th, 2013

Can Benadryl make you gain weight? I use it during allergy season, and its one of the only drugs to help me, especially with asthma. But I feel like I gain weight during that time. Is this possible side effect? I know thats not your specialsty, but I thought maybe you had heard something.

PS, I don’t really need much of it. I take one or at most two 25 mg pills a day. Sometimes even just half of a pill. Just put my mind at ease that its not realistic to assume that could cause weight gain. Wow. You people realize that Benadryl is one of the older drugs in the world, right? Its not often that it leads to addiction. I suppose any sedative can. But no reason that the rest of us should die from an allergy attack( yes, die) so that a few people who somehow developed an addiction would not have it around.

1:59 pm February 25th, 2013

Hello Kisara and Maria. I’d suggest that you both ask these questions of your local pharmacist via phone or walk in consultation. Pharmacists are trained to understand and explain possible effects of drugs.

8:48 am March 27th, 2013

I have been on them 10 years now. At first I only took 2 a day for allergies. But now it’s bad real bad. This past week alone I have taken 800 pills. For all the people ^^ thats saying there is not many people addicted to Ben sorry but have you been reading the same posts above that I have been reading. I know I am addicted I just don’t know how to stop. I don’t have money for a Doc or insurence. I am scared that this will kill me. I can buy a bottle of 250 pills for 3.00$. It took me 2 days to finish that bottle. I have been geeting worse and worse side effects. I stay sleepy I am having breathing issues like I cant catch a breath, my vision stays blurry for longer periods of time, I have started getting irregular heart beats, I cant focus, I am quick to snap and quick to cry. I never want to leave my house to do anything but get more pills.My mouth is always dry. The last few days my breathing and heart scare me so bad. I know I have a problem. Lastnight my heart started acting up and I swore to myself I wouldn’t take anymore. Bout an hour later it starting beating ok again so I took more. I take about 20 or more at a time. I started to shake somewhat and the heart and breathing started again this time before I could stop myself I flushed the rest down the toilet. I have now been 24 hours since I have taken any I cut up my debit card and told my husband to keep my car keys. He got sent out of town for work about 8 hours ago. I am not this person and hate who I have become. I have kept this to myself for a long long time. I know I have an addictive personality. I have done other drugs in the past and always thought I was strong when I quit those on my own. But all I have done is trade 1 drug for another. I dont have money for to go talk to someone and I do really have sever allergies. I am lost and see no light I don’t want to die from this. It’s just a cycle that will keep repeating over and over. HELP ME PLEASE

2:44 pm March 28th, 2013

Hi Scared. Call 1-800-662-HELP for the national drug abuse hotline. You are not alone!

6:25 am March 31st, 2013

I take 2 benadryl every night cuz I have serious problems with my allergies cuz I have 4 cats and I’m allergic to them and I stopped taking them last week cuz my breathing was fine and I’ve had serve nausea and dizziness all week and I’ve had trouble sleeping as well, is it possible that my body got addicted to it without me realizing it

6:29 am March 31st, 2013

Hi Nicole. It sounds like you’re describing physical dependence (which is not addiction). Speak with a specialist in allergies or a pharmacist to talk about alternative medications to deal with the cat allergies. There may be a long term treatment option out there for you.

10:41 pm April 1st, 2013

hi there,

i have been taking otc diphenhydramine for 7 years now…it started off innocent but i became obsessed with sleep and realised i can enjoy being high off these also. all my relationships have failed with my drug use being the common denominator…rehab is extremely expensive so not accessible. i have had what i think is a seizure twice now. my chest hurts i cannot walk, i can only crawl, my heart pounds loudly and my head tightens….i am on anxiety meds for social anxiety disorder so my symptoms should be calmed down.

i have taken two 20 packs a day at my worst…i weaned this down to about 10 but sometimes a take 40. stopped being able to take 20 at once because i wanted to end it all and this scared me. i am at my wits end with this but the only good thing is i can now take the meds between time (eg…2 tablets at 2pm then another 2 at 3pm) i want to get well but i end up taking other pills to get a buzz 🙁 please help me x

7:21 am April 4th, 2013

Hi Jen. Your honesty about taking Benadryl for effect shows a consciousness of the level of addiction you’re in. If you’re ready for help, I’d suggest that you look for a treatment center/rehab and check in for 28 days minimum. We addicts can think of all of the reasons WHY NOT to do this, but it can be life changing if you’re ready for the change!

4:23 am April 10th, 2013

Hey I take up to 3 to 4 pill at night to go to sleep that’s like 200mg, I need it too sleep can’t go to sleep without it, it helps a lot, but my family gets worry. Should I stop..

5:52 am April 10th, 2013

Hello Lynn. I’d suggest that you check in with a physician. Taking Benadryl to get sleep can be habit forming, and there may be other lifestyle changes or interventions that can help you get to sleep. But yes, it is probably a problem and you DO want to stop while you can.

7:26 pm April 10th, 2013

I’m just overwhelmed with this knowledge that Benadryl CAN be addicting. I was able to get IV diphenhydramine for awhile and used it very rarely to sleep. I started noticing the “high” feeling I got when I first injected it-flushed feeling in face, rapid heartbeat, lightheaded and euphoric. I now only take 75mg of it 2X daily and I like the relaxed feeling I have about an hour after taking it. I am a firm believer that you can become “dependent” on any drug-OTC or RX. Is there any certain kind of addiction specialist that may be able to treat and diagnose antihistamine addiction? I see a psychiatrist for anxiety/panic disorder already but most doctors don’t believe you can actually get hooked on OTC sleep aids and/or allergy medication. Thanks in advance for all of the help you have given these people having the courage to say they know this is a problem and need to seek out further assistance!

5:09 am April 11th, 2013

Hi Cheyenne. Check out the American Psychologist Association’s “Therapist Finder” online search tool. Psychologists may be much better trained in identifying addiction than medical doctors and can refer you to local medical experts and resources, if necessary. Good luck!

5:06 am April 25th, 2013

I took benadryl a couple months ago to help with my allergies it was really bothering me so i took 6 to make sure it helped it did the job and more i liked never really taken it before i go any further around that time i had just quit smoking pot and abusing benzos and ever since then i have taken it everyday i first just started 5 a day then went up 2 every other day until i got to taking 15 a night but after a couple of days of that i started getting irritable so i took 4 in the morning and felt good and way less irritable so for about 2 months i take 5-6 everyday 2-3 times a day when the effects of the 5 i took earlier are gone i know i shouldn’t but i like way to much to stop and i can get it cheap at Sams Club QTY:400 for 5$ any advise ?

1:56 pm May 15th, 2013

Why has nobody mentioned the worst part of the entire addiction. Is it me or does everyone have intense hallucinations, i feel like ive self induced schizo with a drug that is over the counters. Every day i take it, it usually happens after i take about 12 or 14. If i avoid the sleep… the spiders come out… i think oh thats not so bad. they’re crawling up the walls, then on my arms… Then i start hearing my name being called. i decide to drop more and go further down the rabbit hole. thats where i am pretty sure i am dreaming while i’m awake. people come and talk to me. friends pop in for a visit… all of this happens while im laying in my bed feeling deathly ill. I think you should add Hallucinations to the side effects list… no kidding i have ended up waking up outside of my house in the grass when i reach the 40 point. what is that 25X40 1000… it only takes about 12 to start hallucinating. Make people aware that you’re body is the first thing to go… or rather your mind.

wits end
4:02 am May 23rd, 2013

My husband is addicted to benadryl. He takes 20 or more a day,, this has been an ongoing problem for many years. He is paranoid that everyone, including me, is out to get him. When he does try to get off of them, the withdrawal is horrible. He wont seek help. Advice to all who visit this blog. STOP killing your self, If your only taking a few, stop now, before your strung out. This addiction is horrible.

9:06 am June 3rd, 2013

I am addicted to iv benadryl use. I inject 2 50 mg pills about 3 times a night. I also take suboxone. I tried quitting both recently and was horrifically nauseas for 2 days. I have never gotten nauseas from opiate withdrawal. Could it be the benadryl.

5:32 am June 15th, 2013

I’m addicted to Benadryl and I’ll take up to 700 mg’s at least 4 times a week to get “high”. When I tried to stop, I felt absolutely terrible. Any ideas on how I could quit?

Lady crow
4:11 am July 16th, 2013

I`M going through a custody case and my children stay with me a week n they stay with their father a week but one of his family members told me that his mother gives my 3 year old and 1 year old Benadryl to make them go to sleep at night but I was wondering if I took them to the doctor can it be found in their system

12:36 pm July 16th, 2013

Hello Lady crow. It may be possible to request a lab test, but you”ll probably need to go directly to the diagnostic lab ASAP after their stay. Call a diagnostic 3rd party toxicology lab near you for more information.

10:25 pm July 19th, 2013

I have 5 years alcohol free but in the meantime I have developed a dangerous addiction to benadrl at doses as high as 900mg day. I am trying to get help and have been turned away bc insurance won’t cover this. I have tried to taper on my own to no avail. Any help you can give me would be so appreciated as I need to get this controlled. My addict has been turned on again, and I don’t know what to do…

5:25 pm July 30th, 2013

I have severe multiple chemical sensitivities and take 25mg(sometimes another 25) of benadryl and .5 of ativan when I have a reaction. when I react my pulse and blood pressure elevate there fore I don’t use the epipen any more. I was away and am back home and reacting frequently and don’t know what. I am “top heavy” as we call it as I was exposed to a lot of chemical ,perfumes, fabric softeners etc. the week I was away.Will it hurt if I take benadryl/ativan daily for a while till I settle down?I have had MCS since 1995 and 25mg usually helps me.Other times I am in emerge with benadryl, solu cortef and zantac administered IV.

7:19 pm August 19th, 2013

” Benadryl” is a gateway drug . People who feel the need to use it have some kind of deep underlying issues ..which only gets worse & worse as time goes by
My wife started on “Benadryl” she is dead today of “mixed dug toxicity” at the age of 40 ..leaving a devastated family behind

Glenda Jenkins
1:53 pm August 21st, 2013

I originally started taking Benadryl to help me sleep after the death of my daughter and as time passed I began having to use more and more. I know that I am addicted and I realize I was using Benadryl as a crutch to help me cope. I need help to stop taking Benadryl and help coping with her death. I don’t want to jeopardize my life, my family and my job any more!!!

5:10 pm August 21st, 2013

Hi Glenda. I am so sorry to hear of the death of your daughter. May she rest in peace and may you also get some peace in your heart! You are not alone. You can call 1-800-662-HELP to find a treatment center near you. You’ll benefit from a break in a rehab setting, whether inpatient or outpatient. But perhaps you’ll benefit from intense psychotherapy. First, reach out. What do your family and friends suggest?

Glenda Jenkins
7:02 pm August 22nd, 2013

They have been begging me to get help for some time but I have been living in a state of denial thinking that I was coping okay with her death. I used the Benadryl to knock myself out at home because I couldn’t sleep and didn’t want to have to feel the pain when I was at home with constant reminders of her. My other two children miss having a mother and I have realized that. I do have a very good support system and I am using them now to help. I have been 2 weeks without any Benadryl and just taking it day by day. I know that the Benadryl is only part of the problem and to stay on track I need to find a way to positively deal with my loss. I feel I am on the right track but I know that It will be a daily battle with a medication that is readily available OTC.

kristi hayes
2:20 am September 3rd, 2013

Hi ,
I take about 35 to 40 a day. And my body is jerking can you tell me what is going on?

5:23 am September 5th, 2013

Hello Kristi. Please call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 to report these symptoms and ask for help. You may need to also follow up any type of clinical withdrawal or medical detox with a stay in rehab, as it seems that 35-40 a day is more than just casual use; you’ve probably developed an addiction.

Jennifer Alexander
9:55 pm October 6th, 2013

I’ve been dealing with social anxiety and panic disorder. When I have a panic attack my face flushes, I perspirate more, and my mind races, but when I take 75-100mg of Benadryl (I weigh 120lbs) the symptoms are diminished quite a bit.
After the panic attack ends, my hands are shaky and my vision is distorted. In other words, I feel horrible from the Benadryl but it helps my panic attacks.
I understand this isn’t healthy, but to exactly what extent am I putting myself in danger?

4:00 am October 20th, 2013

My names is jasmine im 18 I take 2 pills benadryl Evedynight Because i have bad allergic reactions to alot of things and ive been to a allergy doctor and he told me what i was allergic to i followd his directions and washing My bed sheets and everything in hot water doesnt seem to help . i have been taking benadryl for quite some time now.and its tending to mess up my sleeping pattern now that i take it i can never get to sleep at night so i take it to sleep and for allergies is taking 2 pills everynight leading me to something bad

4:02 am October 20th, 2013

and my memory seems to be getting worse by the second what should i do

11:24 am October 20th, 2013

I have been taking a fairly large amount of Benadryl on a nightly basis to help me sleep for a long duration of time.. (Like 2-3 years)
When I stop taking it for 2+ nights, I get really explosive intense headaches, and once I lost my vision even and couldn’t stop throwing up.
I took it knowing that it was actually making me sick.
I feel silly thinking about telling a doctor about my problem because it just seems like such a wussy addiction..

7:14 pm October 20th, 2013

Hello Cat. There’s no such thing as a wussy addiction. And if your physician treats you with any kind of disrespect or disbelief, you’ll need a new doctor. If you’re ready to take the first step towards help, the doors should open for you.

9:41 pm October 20th, 2013

I’ve been taking Benedryl for allergies for quite some time. I’d begun to notice that my allergies seemed to be getting worse, but I attributed it to changing seasons. (Fall to winter). So I talked with my doctor (10/18/2013) & he gave me an injection of cortisone. He said it was a large dose & should give me relief for 4-6 weeks. I haven’t taken any Benedryl in 2 days, yet my symptoms of itchy eyes & nose, runny nose, post nasal drip resulting in cough, are just as bad as before the shot. So, could I be “addicted” to Benedryl& having rebound effects? Has anyone else had this happen? Any suggestions as what to do?

7:16 pm October 21st, 2013

Hello Diawana. Instead of a family doctor, I’d suggest that you consult with an ENT specialist.

12:25 am October 22nd, 2013

Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll do that if things don’t get better. Today (10/21/2013) the 3rd. day after the cortisone injection, my symptoms seem to have abated. Perhaps I just needed to give the cortisone time to work.

Karen Gratch
6:49 pm October 24th, 2013

How long does Benadryl withdrawal last?

4:25 am November 18th, 2013

I can’t seem to get asleep without taking a benadryl before bed. I lie awake for hours. 30 minutes after I take a benadryl I’m out like a light, and I sleep all through the night. I’ve only been taking one right before I go to bed for the past 2 weeks or so, never more than that. What do I do? I’ve tried counting sheep, hot baths, warm milk, I’m at my wits end!

11:22 am November 18th, 2013

Hello Christy. Yes, it’s probably best to stop this dosing right now. Look into more natural sleep aid alternatives like melatonin, chamomille tea, and/or meditation. It sounds like you’re on the cusp of making this a habit, which can be hard to break.

10:31 pm November 19th, 2013

I have read most of the blogs, but no one mentions my concern. I use to only have to take a benadryl occasionally, but now when I don’t take one on a regular basis, I get really sick…flu like symptoms, heavy congestion, wheezing and sneezing. It seems as if my body has gotten so use to me putting the medication into it for relief, that now if I don’t, I get really sick. Any truth to the possibility that in a way my body is now dependent on it?

12:12 am November 22nd, 2013

I must say that I think I have fallen into co-dependency for benadryl. I am also a semi alcoholic and use cocain frequently. I realized that the way I was doing cocain was gonna end my life, so I have simmered down on my coke addictions, however, I also smoke marijuana daily, and hash. Now I find myself also popping pills. I mean I have yet to use anything that is as euphoric as cocaine, but, benadryl makes me feel pretty good. I feel high and sedated how I marijuana makes me feel. But marijuana is pricy, and when I don’t have my daily dosage of joints I pop pills, and if I’m out drinking I’m doing coke. Is this a pattern of an addict? This is very sad, because I was drug free my entire life till I lost it all two years ago and fell into major depression. What should I do?

2:32 pm November 26th, 2013

Hi Alex. It does sound as if you may be physically dependent on Benadryl. While this does not mean that you are necessarily addicted to it, you can benefit from medical advice on how to wean yourself from the habit. Have you consulted with a pharmacist or your family doctor yet?

5:24 pm December 16th, 2013

Hello, I was using this as a sleep aid for about 3 months (100-150mg) daily, I quit taking it because i started having auditory hallucinations, ringing in my ear, and confusion….im still having these symptoms after throwing the F**King bottle away about 2 months ago…also my skin feels like i rolled around in home insulation…this is really starting to worry me…. will this go away, I have never felt this way before….my short term memory is shot…im afraid if i see a doctor they wont be able to help or ill get some BS like drink water or something has anyone gone through this?!! please help!

1:57 am December 18th, 2013

Hi addiction blog, thanks for responding, sorry it took me a bit to get back to you, I barely got the notice in my email. No, I have not consulted a dr. I haven’t been taking too much Benadryl lately. I been doing other things, but keeping it low. I really do not any more addictions that will end badly.

Nathan, what did you say happened to your skin? I have bad short memory too, lately. I realized I watched movies that I seen over n over and I don’t remember the entire movie now. Also, when I c a pic I can remember exactly what I saw, same with words if I’m trying to spell a large word and google it, and I try to remember it l, I cannot for the life of me. Also, I started to get hives and rashes. I don’t know if that is something from drugs or if that is the weather changer, however I did start to take benadryl. I have too hallucinated to seeing things that aren’t there.
I don’t know if this is too much shit in my system, but I’m taking it easy. If you want somethin as good as benadryl that is not harmful, try marijuana, medicated one. It’s good to sleep.

I hope u feel better.

3:18 pm December 18th, 2013

ALEX…thank you for your post…i know exactly what you mean by the images…its almost like i can see through my eyelids….i also felt sedation while on it too and felt so relaxed…its been 2 months since i have been off of it (i only took it for 3 months everyday) im really starting to wonder if this is permanent!! im going to try and give you an idea…Alex im guessing you feel this way too…ok its hard to describe my skin feels like “static” like my nerves are needles like i rolled around in fiberglass…my eyes and forehead are so so dry…i have discoloration around my eyes and forehead….I think we are having a permanent anticholinergic problem it blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which is in the central and the peripheral nervous system… as far as im aware your body can “recover” from neurological damage (all it did was just “hinder or retard M Receptors…right?) BUT please do not take my word for it I HOPE i am wrong and can someone please prove me wrong!!

Nick Rodriguez
8:54 am December 19th, 2013

My whole world revolves around the dryl. I snort anywhere from 200-400mg of the dryl. It gets me twisted! Does anyone know how to main line it???

2:15 pm December 22nd, 2013

hello addiction blog…I would like to update my progress about diphenhydramine because this is the only site i could find others like me…I was scared and thought i was permanently brain damaged…after 2 months and 4 weeks im 90% recovered. The auditory hallucination went away, the ringing in my ears are popping and coming back to normal….my vision is coming back (which really sucked…driving was a B*tch at night) my skin feels normal and my face is clearing…im beginning to sweat ! I know longer have confusion and my memory is back!!!! i dont hear a clouded white noise anymore (i seriously thought i was going to have to drop out of school…i am not lying i thought i was retarted and i remembered i used to do this and that and im having a hell of a time with simple task….and what the hell did i just read 10 seconds ago) That is all back to normal and i am so happy i don’t care about the problems i used to have…lol i dont care about my ex girlfriend…losing my vehicle….my apartment and job 9 months ago and starting school at 25…im back to freaking normal!!!!! like i want to just take a hike in the woods and appreciate the small things!! For those of you abusing this shit GET OFF NOW if i was Rich i would pay all of you on the site to get off Benadryl..DO NOT ABUSE AN ANTICHOLINERGIC please just take a few moments and research it if your abusing benedryl other anticholingerics including xanax, paxil or basicly antidepressants you FEEL HIGH because your AFFECTING YOU NERVOUS SYSTEM! PLEASE STOP NOW…get on youtube and type BENZO WITHDRAWAL also an ANTICHOLINGERIC your jaw will hit the floor!!

3:51 am December 23rd, 2013

Hi Nathan. Thanks for coming back and sharing your experience and recovery from Benadryl addiction. We’re glad that you’re doing so well! All the best.

paula murley
2:05 pm December 27th, 2013

I have been taking Benadryl for about 3 or four years. I am 37 and I quit drinking Dec,12,2007.I use no other drugs besides aspirin, Benadryl has helped me keep things together. I am Bi-polar and also have post tramatic stress disorder. I quit taking my meds, because they make me feel bad. In two weeks I eat about 400 pills, Sam’s club has them for $4.00 for 400 tablets. I am not depressed or anything. I am not sick. It helps me control my mood swings, and a lot that use to stress me out doesn’t anymore. I get dizzy sometimes, I am not using it to get plastered actually it gives me calm energy. My life is normal. I know it’s bad for me, Maybe. So is the air and everything else. I am not complaining.. oh I got a problem. because Benadryl is the solution.;)

Kim simmons
5:59 pm December 27th, 2013

@Paula: Costco has bottles of 600 for 4.95 or something. I have been taking it for longer and for me any way there is withdrawal if i stop. I managed to stop about a year ago, but started again. They help me with depression because it suppresses my ability to think, but there is a catch. I have a much lower ability to filter. i can get caught on something that happened from childhood like a a pet dog who suffered a lot toward the end of her life. My parents did not understand a lot of things and i find myself saying over and over in tears that I’m sorry i was not there to make you feel comforted.
The symptoms of withdrawal come on about 36-48 hours after my last dose. Its an upset stomach and a feeling of overwhelming thoughts. The suppressed chemicals in my brain go into over drive I’m thinking. I have to take 10-16 and wait an hour for the symptoms to stop.
I hate these things! My hands and feet get cold, and i cant think as well as i used to. The other side effect is restless leg syndrome and it keeps me up all night!

2:54 pm January 12th, 2014

I have been taking Benadryl for over ten years. It started with normal dosage but for the past 5+ years, I take anywhere from 3-8 to sleep though as a former drug user I have always enjoyed the feeling as well. I don’t even drink alcohol anymore.

I stopped taking it last night as I can’t stop coughing (possible post nasal drop) and they said Benadryl can make it worse. I slept only like an hour and I woke up feeling like I’m going to puke. I have a son to take care of, anyone ever have nausea as a withdraw symptom? I feel awful 🙁

6:14 pm January 13th, 2014

Been taking benadryl for about 20 years ,50 mgs. For the last 8. No longer is effective for sleep , how do I wean myself off it safely?

Kim simmons
4:18 pm January 14th, 2014

It took one full vary bad week, but I’m off it. I was taking large amounts rundown:
1. 48 hours from last dose the withdrawal started
a. feeling like i was having heart palpitations, but that could have bee early stomach pain.
b. dizzy and feeling a little faint.
c. neg emotions went into over drive probably.
2. 72 hours
a. stomach pains.
b. felt like the flu
c. i started to have leg swelling
d. blood pressure went up.
e. it stayed this way upto day 5.
3. 120 hours
a. negative thoughts slowed down.
b. energy went way up.
c. blood pressure went back to normal
d. leg swelling went down. it was probably water retention.
e. getting to sleep was still not easy, but better.
4. 168 hours (7days)
a. i can remember things much better
b. can focus much better on tasks
c. after one glass of wine i could still do iPad Sudoku Advanced level with a perfect score 3 times in a row. i noticed less need to recheck possible answers and NO need to guess!
5. 8 days at this moment
a. i have lost a hopeless feeling i had toward the future
b. i feel less the victim of events.
c. Oddly i have much less desire to get riled by a post on FB and will not go on it at all for the day till 5 pm.


6:57 am January 15th, 2014

Update from jan. 12

Yesterday was the worst, the second day, slept 14 hours straight, couldn’t eat/drink, felt nauseous, dizzy, shaking, sweating a ton… Horrible!!!

Today I felt much better, rough start in the morning but got some food in me and started drinking water, aside from not being able to fall asleep I’m at about 80% now.

6:11 pm January 27th, 2014

Yeah, that sounds pretty familiar. If only it was that easy. I’m glad that you’ve quit yourself from it, but for many, I think it feels like an impossible battle to quit alone cold turkey—especially depending on the mental health history of the individual.

My Short Story:
I’m 24. I started taking Ben— (Yes, I’ve personified them) —about a year ago because I developed an innocent allergic rash on my chest. It started off as 2 Bens a day. Fine, no biggie. I then realized that Ben helped me feel drowsy—drowsy enough to sleep. Before this, I’ve had horrible sleeping troubles where it would take me hours to get to sleep even if I was tired. And when I finally would fall asleep, I would wake up all hours of the night. It was really bad. So, when I realized Ben made me fall asleep—AND STAY ASLEEP ALL NIGHT—it was like DING DING DING, we have a winner!!! I took 2 every night and the next morning I would feel so well-rested and energized.

Then, it started to not work as well. Realizing that I’ve built up a tolerance, I upped the dose. It went from 2 to 3, 3 to 4, and 4 to 6—taking 6 Bens a night. After upping my dose to 6 a night, I then realized another thing—If I take it a few hours before I’m ready to go to bed, I get this sweet, sweet calm and relaxing—almost euphoric—feeling. I also suffer from major anxiety—which was probably the reason I couldn’t sleep well in the first place. So DING DING DING again…my anxiety was gone when I took Ben. SO then I started to take Ben throughout the day and my anxiety WOULD DIMINISH! No worrying all day, no paranoia, no depression. Just relaxation and calmness. I LOVED IT! Now I am at about 14 to 16 Bens a day—with potential to increase soon.

So, what’s the problem???=== I’ve turned into an existing zombie. I feel calm and content and I don’t want to talk to anybody. People are taking notice. My friends and family are mad at me because they feel like I’ve “abandoned ” them. I am also concerned about my physical health. I’m terrified of what I may be doing to my body long-term. My social life is non-existent, but when I take Ben I feel CONTENT and don’t even care. I feel as though there is an underlying condition that I need to seek help for—most likely some sort of anxiety disorder—but like others have mentioned, I don’t have any money for treatment. I’m a recent college grad and I’m in this weird transition stage where I don’t have a job and I’m trying to find myself.

Only one person knows about this. My best friend. The only reason I told her was because she was getting suspicious because I wasn’t returning any of her calls or texts, which is unlike me. She laughed when I told her about it, but when she realized how serious it was she said to “just stop taking it.” My boyfriend for 4 years is also getting suspicious.

When I take Ben, I’m content with not talking to anyone. I’m content with not doing anything. I’m content with being in bed all day. I’m content with being alone and having no worries. BUT I’M SICK AND TIRED of waking up in the morning and being content with just existing. I love Bens. “He” makes me feel good, and I’m happy with him. But I know he’s not good for me. He’s making me ignore those around me. This can’t be healthy. Physically or mentally.

It’s getting worse and I need to let Ben go. But I’m scared to face the real world. I’m scared.

8:03 am February 6th, 2014

I’ve been taking them everyday for 2 yrs. now also. They make me shake and my vision gets blurred. Plus, I lost 30 lbs. I stopped for a few days and experienced nausea but the worst was feeling really scared for no reason. It also have short term memory loss. Is there anything that can help take the edge off for a few days? Please Help!

Judy LaClair
6:01 am February 11th, 2014

A friend gives her children Benadryl at night for sleep. Can they become dependent on it for sleeping?

Thank you.

3:34 pm February 11th, 2014

I have taken benedryl for over 20 years as a sleep aid. Had to increase dosage in order to sleep was up to 75mg. only at bedtime but was no longer effective. Decided to quit and have not slept well for over a month. My body is not craving benedryl just craving sleep. THE first 4 days I did not sleep for 1 minute. now just here and there but never very much. No matter how tired I FEEL I cannot fall asleep. WHEN I do it is very eractiteand unsettling. I am able to function but extremely tired.

6:41 pm February 13th, 2014

I too take one benedryl each night for sleeping. Does it have any long term effects on your organs?

6:42 pm February 13th, 2014

How does benadryl effect your organs? I also take one each night to be able to sleep.

11:44 pm February 14th, 2014

please can you tell me if 8 years of 64 pills every other day can be reversed? im petrified i will die and i will soon die, thankyou

11:43 am April 9th, 2014

I have been addicted to diphenhydramine for many years now, my body has built up so bad of a tolerance that I can go through a whole 32 count bottle in 2 days, I’ve tried to quit but I’m so afraid I will freak out from withdrawning, what’s worse is in the past I had a couple of seizures that I believe was caused from me taking too much, can’t really face telling anyone and the times I tried to quit I always give in and start taking them again, and what’s worse is I’ve grown to love the effect I get from taking it even when I’ve had the bad trips, haven’t told anyone in my family or my wife or anyone, I’m afraid after a night of tAking them I won’t wake up ever again, I don’t know what to do.

6:08 pm April 23rd, 2014

I seriously did not know my anti social behavior could be tied to my addiction to allergy pills. I’ve become a loner. Stuck in time. My life gradually changed to what it is now over time. A big problem i have is ignoring phone calls. Shutting people out of my life and being content with it. I thought it was just me. Until now. I’ve only admitted to being addicted once. But since then I’ve hid not only my addiction from friends and family but also my self. I lost all my friends cause I stopped socializing and my interest in existing in the outside world has diminished. I go to work on them, and come home and take 15 before I leave work, I take another 15 close to 7pm. I sit in my room and feel depressed trying not to notice the many empty allergy medicine bottles scattered all over my room. I know what I have to do. It’s not rocket science. But I just don’t. I have no interest in anything what’s so ever. Just a body that is programmed to do repeat the same routine for the past 10 years. Even now it’s hard to articulate the chaos my depression has create in my life.

chris b
1:39 am May 19th, 2014

hey this is for chris my name is chris also i went to rehab over methadone xanax n diphenhydramine ive been on it about 16 yrs to n my stomach is killing me it burns all the way to my throat n i got so muc pressure in my stomach its like its goin to explode but i kno without a doubt it the diphenhydramine i was on 1500 2000 a night wit 100 mg methadone 6 mg xanax now im jus on methadone 100 mg n about 100 mg diphenhydramine when i take my diphenhydramine thas when my stomach starts like right now im debating goin ER but it burns all the way to my throat idk wut its done to our stomach lining but its the diphenhydramine

4:58 pm May 19th, 2014

I have been addicted to diphenydramine for 5 years. It started when my wife (now, ex-wwife….proof that this addiction leads to bad things) bought unisom sleep gels which is 50mg diphenydramine. I took 3 or 4 at once and experienced a euphoric effect. I figured it was harmless but I loved the affects so I continued once in a while, which led to almost every day, which led to every day, which led to ALL day EVERYDAY. I now take 20-30 25mg tabs at once…about 500-700 mgs. If I stop, I can’t get out of bed, I have nightmares, I’m depressed, and have some other symptoms. so I just continue to use. my family doesn’t know I do this (only my ex-wife). i can’t take vacations with my friends and family because if I bring a ton of benedryl along I’ll have to explain it to someone. the first thing that goes through my mind when a friend says, “hey you wanna go on a tropical cruise?” is not, “wow cool! heck yes!” my response to myself is…”damn, how am I gonna get high?” It’s ruining my life and my health. i’ve been to NA meetings and I absolutely hate them. I’ve tried AA as well….i have never felt any sense of welcome or encouragement from anyone at any kind of 12 step program. I’m lost, stuck, and feel hopeless. Any help would be appreciated.

6:03 pm May 24th, 2014

I’ve been taking overdoses of benedryl now for 5 years. My ex wife’s (notice I say EX…she left me because of my addiction yet I continue to use) primary recommended unisom sleep gels which are just 50mg diphenydramine hcl (benadryl) for her sleep problems. I felt depressed one night and took 4 of them (200mg) to try and knock myself out and I was delighted to feel a buzz that I could only describe as being in kind of a nice, warm, relaxing bubble. I continued to do it just to get this affect, not thinking about the consequences. After a few days of continued use it was impossible for me to urinate because of what is supposedly called the anti-collinergic response. Luckily I had access to urinary catheters so I was able to keep taking pills without my bladder exploding. I soon became psychologically addicted and was buying it regularly, and taking it more and more often until I couldn’t afford to buy it because Im taking 70 pills a day. So, desperate to feed my addiction I began shoplifting. I’ve lifted thousands of dollars worth of benedryl since I began doing that. I even stole it from the place where I worked. I’ve been caught but luckily never arrested. I was only told never to come into the store again. Now, five years later I am more than just psychologically addicted. if I stop there is a kind of “detox” that makes me disfunctional unless I use again. I now hate doing it but can’t stop despite the negative consequences. I also will often take around 800mgs with a few ounces of strong coffee or an energy drink to get a slightly different effect. Last physical checkup, I am in good health and was very surprised to hear that from my doctor considering the benadryl abuse. I’m tired of the sneaking around, lying, and wallering in pitty and desparation. I once had a successful career in the music business….but i lost most of it cuz of my problem. I’ve been to 12 step programs, a 6 week outpatient treatment program, and tried other methods..but just keep relapsing. In 2011 I was clean for 3 months but started again. I don’t know what other treatment to try. I’ve read other posts here and it’s heartbreaking when I read how other people are in my shoes, and me in their shoes. I sit here, and read and become tearful. I just feel lost. What other treatment is there for me to try? any advice is helpful, even it’s just a quick message from someone to say hello and send their support my way. Thanks everyone…

8:11 am May 27th, 2014

Hello Emory. Drug addiction (no matter to what) can be treated with a combination of physical detox and psychological interventions. You do not need to do it alone!

You can find treatment near you here:

3:56 pm May 28th, 2014

Hi! I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I have a problem, but I’m certainly in a pickle. No matter what I do, I’m often unable to sleep when it’s bedtime, and instead, naturally tire out around 4 or 5 am. This is not helpful to anyone with a job that begins in the morning, obviously, and I often either sleep through my alarms (many of them) or wake up feeling awful all day. And included in that awful feeling is actual bloating (I’m a guy, go figure). If I don’t get enough sleep, I end up gaining weight. acting irritably, and waiting out the clock to go home and finally get some rest.

When I take benadryl, most of the time, it does the trick. Just two of them. I just started doing this more than just when I have allergies, and I’m worried that it could be bad for me. I only take it if I need to wake up early, and never more than 2 pills a day. I hate feeling bloated, and the reward of sleep is priceless. Do I need to be concerned?

3:36 am June 2nd, 2014

So the last few month I have been very depressed. And started taking viciden. When that ran out I started to take benydral. At first it was just a few here few there slowly that led up to daily use of 7-10 sometimes more.. The daily use went on for only a couple weeks before that it was maybe just 2-4 a week.. But I recently got some help and day 4 of not taking any.. Is it possible I was actually addicted to the med?. Even now I know it wasn’t good and was unsafe but I still want it I liked the feeling it have me.. And it seems like such a crazy thing that you could get addicted or go thur withdrawl from(which I think I am the first 2-3 days was so bady shaky and high BP then felt fair like then I threw up for a day and today lot better not sick still upset stomach and shaky but not as bad.) but it so easy to get it OTC and who should even think it possible to get addicted or dependent upon on. Do you think I actually addicted to it?

5:17 am June 5th, 2014

Well I’m 28 and have been having problems with benadryl on and off for 4 years. A friend told me to try one to help my panic attack one night. I didn’t use it again because it made me feel like I was a walking zombie. A few months later I remembered that it calmed me down so I tried it a few times until it was a few times a week. I’ve tried stopping even going months at a time with out it but for some reason I keep going back to it. It used to help me sleep but I started to grow a tolerance so I used it for anxiety. I was even able to drive on it. Anyways now it makes me unable to stand when I take it I feel drunk and I have tremors. It causes intense anger and irritability. I really want to stop forever. Please help. Any advice at all. I feel as though it took my life away.

11:27 pm June 5th, 2014

if anyone is interested in someone to share experiences with this horrible drug 🙁

6:50 am June 22nd, 2014

I was personally affected by the floods that hit Colorado last September. Because of the severe stress from that and also how pathetic my life is like at 42 years old. I have been slowly trying to hurt and maybe kill myself.

For the last 9 months I have taken about 325-375mg of benadryl, on top of 1 mg of lorazepam, 5mg of Ambien, 100mg of doxylamine succinate.

Very recently I had to go to the ER, because of having severe vertigio, which is getting better, but still have it.

I told people I quit, when in reality. I have continued.
Besides, if I am not here, NO ONE would care.

I have no kids, never married, crap I am never been on a date EVER.

The reason being, I look very well, but am a post-op female transgender.

As soon as guys here that, they go away fast.

So I am planning on increasing Benadryl more, just want this pain to end, the flood stuff is still on-going………

2:15 pm June 22nd, 2014

Iv been taking benadryl for the past 8years it all started when I had my abortion I went n2 a deep depression where I would take 5 at a time to make myself sleep I never told my family or anyone but they always questioned why I was so tired after about 5months of that I wanted too stop but couldn’t I cut back to only 3 a day but its the first thing I want when I get off work or before I go to bed now that I’m pregnant I’m scared that my habbit will hurt the baby even tho that was the first ? I had for my obgyn if it was safe to take benadryl while pregnant they said it was safe but I didn’t tell them that I was addicted to it what should I do?

3:24 pm June 22nd, 2014

I was taking 3-5 benadryl nightly for sleep aid, I also was ingesting 6-8 grams of high grade cannabis a day. I quite both cold turkey and I feel very anxious and confused about my health. I just want to feel normal again. The benadryl and cannabis abuse went on for over a year. Please give me some words of wisdom, it would be greatly appreciated

2:15 pm June 24th, 2014

I posted about 4 months ago about my recovery (Total process from abuse of being clean until now has been 8 months) NOW, I am doing much much better but I Still have SYMPTOMS (8 months still recovering) and I only did 8-12 a day for 2 months. I DID DO brain damage! I finally went to the doctor a few months ago, BUT they don’t want to hear it, THE DR. said I have an underlining issue, my blood work shows low Vitamin D (I’m an active person I’m always outside) but whatever it did it messed up my Vitamin D, I am on CHOLECAL CIFEROL, my body doesn’t make Vitamin D, so whatever Benedryl did, messed up my BRAIN CHEMISTRY.

NOW, I AM getting way way better BUT the recovery is VERY VERY VERY SLOW! I also did an MRI, and I have floaters in my LEFT EYE, from once again Benedryl. I don’t feel sick, dizzy or in constant pain anymore, what I’m getting at is that it messed up my SSRI’s.

RECAP, the first 2 months withdrawing, I HAD a heart palpitation, shortness of breath, vertigo, auditory hallucinations, confusion, delirium, and I could not ride in a vehicle for long periods, sleep patterns (4 hours here and there) extreme sensitivity to light, sound, everything was irritating! VERY lucid disturbing nightmares! and I would wake up in a gallon of sticky mucus sweat, symptoms severe serotonin deficiency, and when the DR.s looked at my MRI, they asked if I had a HEAD INJURY, and said it looks like you had a concussion at one point in your life!!!

WHAT I AM GETTING AT: I think I am the worst case of Benedryl “withdrawal” I can not find anyone on the net with this long of symptoms! However, it’s very high in ANTICHOLERGENERICS, Just as high as PAXIL, and PAXIL is BANNED!

SO, its been almost 8 months and I am DOING 100% better I AM NOT PERMANENTLY BRAIN DAMAGED, with the slight symptoms I have now I can still live my normal healthy lifestyle:

SYMPTOMS I STILL HAVE; HPPD, yes it gave me hppd, but it’s unknown and people can have it for years example abusing LSD, but If I’m engaged in an activity, or going to work, school, riding my motorcycle It DOES NOT affect me at all, only when I’m by myself like reading, text will have a blue hue or patterns will swirl, not a big deal anymore. I STILL have ringing in my ears, and right now as it stands I have to carry a bottle of Advil all the time, I will get bad headaches almost everyday, but hey, it was nothing compared to even 4 months ago.

READERS, STOP taking the shit (COLD TURKEY) when i was going through this i was taking 2 Benedryl to stop feeling SICK. I quit tapering, I quit drinking, I don’t smoke weed (I’m very casual about it, I mean ill probably get high like 3 times a year lol, anymore) AND FOLLOW A LOW HISTAMINE diet, cut sugars and CAFFEINE, you will notice a great IMPROVEMENT I PROMISE! I’M 95% HEALED AND FEELING NORMAL!!

RECAP; YOU ARE NOT BRAIN DAMAGED, JUST A MINOR BRUISE IT WILL HEAL, BUT IT TAKES A LONG ALONG TIME, give yourself 9 months to a year. I’M SERIOUS, do activities to keep your mind off of it, YOU WILL RECOVER!

2:35 pm June 24th, 2014

OH, BTW EVERYONE will have different symptoms, MINE WERE SEVERE, AND I’M RECOVERING! I CAN NOT STRESS THIS; IT TAKES ALONG LONG LONG TIME, BUT you are NOT PERMANENTLY BRAIN DAMAGES, you’re bruised, your body is in over drive right now, HELP IT recover stay away from drugs/alcohol, and follow a LOW HISTAMINE DIET, this recovery can take up to a year, but you will always feel significantly better. HOWEVER, while recovering you will relapse also back to feeling like s**t….THAT IS HOW YOUR BODY is fixing itself, YOU WILL ONLY GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER, you like my 4 months in I thought I was better but no, it was just that much of a relief but my body was still like, “hey SLOW DOWN were not done yet!” I WAS IN your shoes! My whole life till now I’m DISABLED! NO, it’s just a shock, your body will adjust chemically, your BRAIN IS AMAZING. In fact, it’s still very ALIEN to MODERN SCIENCE, and my VITAMIN D, WAS one of MY symptoms do NOT TAKE high amounts of VITAMIN D, DO NOT, get blood work done FIRST BY A DOCTOR. OK?! When it comes to CNS problem everyone is different but we share one thing, RECOVERY!

9:52 pm June 24th, 2014

Has anyone else felt a numbness and tingling sensation throughout their body after long term use of the sleeping pills? And if you have how long did it take for it to go away?
I have been taking the pills for five years and just started experiencing this sensation. I stopped taking the pills because I did not like the way it felt. The feeling has gradually started to go away but I still do not have complete feeling in my hands. I’m hoping over time that the sensation will completely go away.

1:12 am July 6th, 2014

I have over-taken otc drugs (10-40 pills at a time) with diphenhydramine (benadryl, dramamine, etc.) everyday for for months at a time over the last 5 years. Lately I have noticed my lower back hurting or intense abdominal burning after taking my usual dose. I am worried that I may have caused significant damage to my organs. I would like to know what affects my long-term abuse may have on my body?

9:22 am July 7th, 2014

Hello Ashley. I’d suggest it’s best you make a doctor’s appointment and discuss the situation with a medical professional that can examine you, conduct some other tests if needed and make a firm diagnosis.

1:17 pm July 8th, 2014

For those of you taking benedryl as a sleep med, there is an alternative that is safe and natural. In fact, it’s your body; it naturally makes it to induce sleep. It’s melatonin and is the only hormone sold over the counter, it is amazing! I take only one at bedtime considering studies have shown it to be more effective in lower doses. Give it a try and be delivered from the unfair burden of not being able to sleep at night.

11:25 am July 11th, 2014

Fairly recently, about four or five months ago, I started to get really frequent (at least twice a week) episodes of severe itching. When it happens I get these visible bumps all over my body that look a lot like mosquito bites, but are drastically more itchy, sometimes they are area specific but generally it is all over my body. They reappear on the same areas where they have been before. I have woken up bleeding from scratching myself in my sleep and am starting to get a lot of scars. Purely by coincidence I discovered benadryl will make the bumps fade if I take enough. But, I’m afraid of the frequency that I take it and I’ll even take four at a time or two every two hours if the itching is severe enough and doesn’t cease. I need to be able to function on a day to day basis and at work. Any advice?

12:03 pm July 18th, 2014

I started taking these allergy pills in June probably everyday, it’s not July and I am late on my period. I’m not sure it this could cause a change in my cycle. Anyone know?

3:28 am July 20th, 2014

I started taking benadryl for my bad allergies and once I realized it’s great for sleeping too, I increased my dosage. Then I found myself just taking them for the hell of it, like when I get upset or angry it was my escape from reality. But then, I had stopped for a while because they made me so groggy and tired and the withdrawal symptoms are HELL!! I felt so nauseated and dizzy I couldn’t handle it. I couldn’t eat a thing and one morning I noticed I was shaking. I could reach out for something and my hands would be trembling I would be so clumsy and irritable. But since I’ve stopped the symptoms are fading away and I’m slowly getting my appetite back. There’s nothing you can find in diphenhydramine but misery. Enough said!

12:21 am July 29th, 2014

Ok after reading these blogs I am worried. My 9 year old son had developed seasonal allergies in September 13. The doctor’s office told me I could give him benedryl at night. He has taken one 25mg every night since then. Now since it’s summer I don’t want to give it to him anymore. I figured he might have somewhat of a reaction if I just stopped giving it to him. So I started to gradually decrease his dose by cutting alittle off the pill. The last week I noticed him having some phobic things and not getting over them, anxiety where he is getting stomach aches, and head aches, dry mouth and loss of appetite. I am so worried I am loosing my appetite. I thought it was harless but having been on medications my self I didn’t know what kind of effect this would have on him. I’m not sure what to do for him, and if it is addicting what do I do about the doctors office?

10:52 am July 30th, 2014

I have been taking large doses for over ten years now, daily, after developing severe allergic reactions to something I was never able to identify that was causing facial swelling and body-wide hives. I have reason to believe that whatever it was that was causing this may have subsided but I get extremely sick to my stomach and other less-severe symptoms when I go more than 12-18 hours without taking a large dose. This tells me it is a physical addiction, but I have been unable to find any documentation that supports this. Tapering down does not seem to work, but it seems like the only option to get ‘un-stuck’. I don’t have a regular Doctor and it is really hard to find someone to talk to about this. I need to find out what has worked for others in my situation so I can get rid of this problem. I’ve known for a long time I am an addict; It has been over 10 years since I touched hard drugs, almost 3 years since my last drink, and coming up on a year since I bought a pack of cigarettes. I feel I have the psychological side of addiction more or less figured out for myself, but the physical withdrawal seems like a big mountain to climb on this one. Any advice? I seem to take about 1000 mg a day and my body gets very angry if I try to reduce that. This can’t be good for my body….

Dave H.
12:17 am July 31st, 2014

I am impressed with whomever is answering folks questions on this message board on behalf of this blog. Well done.

Benadryl has been my drug of choice since I was very young. Alcohol and narcotic use came later, but always with benadryl on board. I looked for it in any place I could get it. It was to the point that I could, and would, take 20-30 pills multiple times a day. Yes, it can kill you. I experienced an overdose when I was in my early 30’s that resulted in coma. Benadryl was the only medication in my system. And I can honestly say, I felt nothing (no euphoria, no sleepiness) on the day it happened. I then had a sever seizure at work, lost consciousness and had to be ventilated for 3.5 weeks.

While my story is not the norm, it is where benadryl addiction heads. In treatment, I never talked about it. I knew that people would think it was ridiculous, “Who would abuse benadryl?” Because of that, I used again. And again. And again. Talking openly with a professional who will not minimize your experience is incredibly important and, ultimately, life saving.

If you are using and it has a negative impact on your life, great news – – – you don’t have to keep using.

I printed out some legitimate articles on diphenhydramine abuse and dependence and brought those with me when I met with the next professional. She read them. She stated she was surprised and did not know this could be an issue. I told her I was scared for my life. She took it serious. I am clean and sober today for 3 years.

Breathe. Ask for help. And do not assume one “expert” speaks for all experts. They are fallible humans. Keep asking questions. Your life is worth it.

5:33 pm August 2nd, 2014


It’s really hard to find documentation on DPH, The only thing you will find is how it’s used in “research” I only found one documented case from the 90’s of one Dr. tapering a patient from abuse…and how this patients “mind” changed to where said individual was showing signs of “schitzophrenia” and how the individual recovered, It just looked liked a chart some retired physician had and posted on Wiki (yeah real helpful).

I dont know if your have read what I have been posting or not, like I have said I thought I was alone in this until researching what the hell was wrong with me all day every day, I thought I was brain damaged and my whole life has now came to a halt at the age of 26, I did four years in the military (hated it) and still DPH was my life changing experience. I am doing so much better that I dont really notice my slight symptoms anymore, I mean…this was not going away (9 months battling) you know those stories where some guy drops acid and is now living in a half way house….YUP, I honestly thought holy Sh*T! im that GUY!!!?

My advice, sorry you have to quit COLD TURKEY, its what Benzo SSRI withdrawal groups call “SERVING JAIL TIME” you will be very sick and disoriented for a few months and slowly pull out from there, whatever you do DO NOT give in! I did and I think that is what set me back I tried tapering with just one to a half, and a HALF would make me TRIP OUT, and amp up the HPPD it gave me, although it took away my skin burning and feeling sick…TAPERING set me back!!

COLD TURKEY, it sucks, it feels like a living nightmare! it feels like you will never get better! like your permanently that way. ONLY TIME can tell, It messed up your SSRI’s and body chemical change is VERY PAINFUL like your not running on all cylinders.

Im at 9 months of serving my “Time” and im doing great! it was kind of a testimony I have 2 arms, 2 legs and of average intelligence…no more problems in life after crawling out of this hell hole.

Sorry to say but when you start noticing improvements, its like you wake up one day feeling great, then the next you feel like you dosed and back and forth, its your body trying to reach homeostasis, while trying to function the rest of your body like an OVERLOAD. It took me 9 months to reach it! everyone is different some might take 2days, some 2 months, and very few 2 years! although im willing to bet I was way worse off then you if you can get up and type and form a coherent sentence on this blog, your RECOVERING, and your not PERMA FRIED!!

COLD TURKEY, and follow a LOW histamine Diet (not by verbatim, play around) you will start feeling better while withdrawing, and keep HYDRATED, as of now you “stunted” your h1 receptors and your histamine cells are “dehydrated” you got billions and billions of cells your body is repairing.

2:26 pm August 3rd, 2014

ALSO, it messes with your histamines, trying to go to sleep is horrible while withdrawal, it makes you “trip” auditory, and visual, and it might also make your forehead burn during withdrawal, its a roller coaster… there will be days that you think your coming off DO NOT go out and party its called a “window” you will have this for a day or two then wham! your back to square one like you dosed and the symptoms come back…DO NOT STRESS, when you get “waves” its going to happen, eventually you will have longer and longer “windows” and you will feel your body re-adjusting.

There will be days that your vision is blurry, or your skin burns, you might hallucinate, Dont Worry you will get better, during my withdrawal I didnt believe it, but go to you tube and type benzo withdrawal “Its about the same, CNS, ssri’s” there are some that have video blogs that span a year or so of what they are going through, very motivational! knowing that you will heal….ITS ROUGH!

3:20 pm August 3rd, 2014


I would seriously print out this blog page of everyone’s side affects, and show your family Doctor, if a doctor told me to take a hike, ok I get that im an adult, but this is a 9 yr old child, if he cant take the time to read personal stories then F’ him he wants a pay check. Mine was from abuse, but your son’s was just one a day, quit giving it to him, dry mouth and anxiety… contact your Dr. asap and have him read this Sh*T so he can find an alternative.

I know your worried and reading these stories is scary, I think he will be fine… just quit giving it to him and plz tell your Dr. what it has been doing to people. DPH has been banned in alot of countries, or prescribed its not OTC like here in the States.

6:28 am August 4th, 2014

I have talked to people on the internet about this drug. I have been addicted mentally for years high doses to. I love listening to this song at night, only makes sense on diphenhydramine then i can relate. Look at song+lyrics link below. Some other sites have messed up the lyrics on this song: (song) (lyrics)

I’ll come by to see if people here are still active and whatsup

3:48 pm August 4th, 2014

Thanks nathan… I will do that. I feel like a terrible mother. It’s not my son’s fault. I just listen to what the drs. say and now I am very worried. I recently had an experience with Nexium believe or not. When I ran out of refills and didn’t take it for a week I experienced worse acid relux than before I was on that. Ironically, they just made the drug otc, so I don’t need to go to the dr.s office immediately, however I will soon. That is what prompted me to look up benedryl. I mean compared to the others on here his is on a low dose but I don’t take this lightly. I am going to print out this blog and I am thinking of talking to a lawyer. I hate these quick fixes the drs. or even the ppl in the office adives you to do. It’s wrong.

8:22 am August 5th, 2014

Worriedmom@ You’re right, 25MG is a very minimal dose. So your son will get the least amount of side affects and minimal withdrawal (besides allergy’s). It may worsen his allergies for some time though. People who abuse nasal sprays that contain “Oxymetazoline” (like Afrin) will get rebound congestion. As soon as the temporary effect of the last dose of spray wears off, the swollen nasal mucosa block the airway and another dose of spray is required to provide relief.

Only a small percentage of these people (less than 4%, according to research) are able to endure the misery associated with “cold turkey” withdrawal. Cutting the benadryl and gradually decreasing his dose is the best idea. The reason why only 4% suffer from rebound congestion is because 96% of people DO NOT abuse it. The small percent of people who do abuse it experience withdrawal.

In his case he is not abusing it. In fact, he has been taking the lowest dose recommended. I would not worry too much about it.

8:59 pm August 5th, 2014

I’ve taken gosh I don’t even know how many thousands and thousands and thousands of benedryl pills since starting about 2002 and I still take them.what are the long term effects and I’ve actually had seizures as well because I took so many.Its strange to me that I can stop whenever I want and when I don’t have them I’m ok I don’t crave them or get withdrawal symptoms why is that?I’d like to get some help with this I am very unhealthy and need to get healthy but I need information on how I can do this privately I can’t tell my family or my fiance I will lose them all.please help.I appreciate your time and thank you for your help have a great day and I look forward to hearing from you very soon hopefully. God Bless

9:40 pm August 5th, 2014

How did you manage to have seizures without your family knowing?? Anyway, how much per dose do you take?

10:54 pm August 5th, 2014

I have not been myself lately. Thinking my blood pressure has been high and it is not. Then I thought maybe I should slow down a bit I’m 47 just started my own business. Stress could be a factor. I’m always on the go. I came on here today because as I am trying to juggle three things at once with out being irritable and angry. I am not an irritable or angry person and I can not handle the way they make me feel. I just feel like my brain is miss firing some where in my head. I am trying to stop and just catch my breath. I thought the only time I feel this way is when I don’t have a medicine on board. I quit taking so much benedryl because I just changed to Zyrtec. I was poppin benedryl 25mg every few hours thinking I was going to get a different result. As dumb as that may be. Now I am to only take it at bedtime. The reason for the change? Sinus infection of course. I am a constant user of benedryl. My physician will prescribe it for migraines,sleep,anxiety,allergies. . I am a recovering prescription drug addict. Now I am extremely concerned that what I’m physically feeling lately is not stress. I have a feeling I’m in “jail” again. DAMMIT!! What’s really sad is I did not put myself here this time. They did. Pissed off

9:51 am August 6th, 2014

Hello Jessica. If you’re not having any withdrawal symptoms or cravings when you stop taking your medication, then it will be very easiy to just not take them any more. There are many long-term side effects of Benedryl use. Some of these side effects include allergic reaction, tightening of the chest, depression, chronic migraines, insomnia, increased sleepiness, liver damage and chronic stomach pain.

4:26 am August 9th, 2014

Has anyone had there liver checked after chronic abuse of Diphenhydramine? I have info and i’d love some back if you have any info about chronic abuse leave your email in a comment im willing to talk!

Goodluck to all

3:58 pm August 9th, 2014


I researched this chemical daily during my withdrawal. Now this was done through a VA doctor, I had everything checked and came back negative. I was healthy, even with a heart palpitation my blood pressure was normal, everything was normal. I looked like @$$, I had dark circles around my eyes, my skin was flush, pins and needles, weak, short term memory, I had like 30 symptoms during my withdrawal.

The VA Dr. didnt care to hear what I had to say he was trying to “convince” me that I had TBI, or possibly schizophrenia I guess im around that age where “genetic” problems surface. ANYHOW he said withdrawing from DPH IS IMPOSSIBLE and it wouldnt do that. He then wanted me to talk to a psychiatrist, even though an MRI showed black strands in my left eye (I think from so much pressure I felt from withdrawal).

I felt very alone at that moment and basicly said “phuck you” and walked out, of course the VA blows up my phone everyday about how we just want to help you, yadda yadda, they didnt seem to care then, but when I walked out they were ready to help

I took into my own hands and researched, all day and tried linking DPH to other chemicals, Antichollergenerics other meds that have the same properties, diff molecules, or what receptors these molecules hitch a ride to form a key and lock system during synapses firing, gaba receptors and histamines, the ssri, and sri model, to find out they used to use DPH as an antidepressant (one of the first) and goldielocks een of molecule changes that been mirrored and flipped to form….a type of benzo all from its grandfather “DPH”. from there I found hey im not brain damaged just withdrawing. (9 months, and feeling AWESOME)

NOW, yes I am that small small percent that is hypersensitive to these types of drugs, basicly this ” 2,000 people eat a jar of Jiffy peanut butter, and 1 (me) needs to be hospitalized from an allergic reaction. Im just glad the VA didnt try and put me on some other form of an Anticholinergic my body cannot tolerate those types of meds I would be really messed up now!!!

COLD TURKEY and I suffered for about 7 months, 8th month was the light at the end of the tunnel I could only imagine if I was on a form of Benzo I would probably be messed up for years!!

stop taking DPH dude, research is saying it can cause dementia or higher the chances of developing alzheimer’s down the road, I mean they are using to treat parkinson’s rule of thumb… its like a high anxiety schitzo could drop LSD and probably feel “normal” or leveled out, where as you “normal” person drops LSD and you trip kind of deal…

11:08 pm August 11th, 2014

Hi I was taking 650mg of the sleep aid diphenydramine for at least 3 years. I decide that it was making me look older and made me feel weak. So I started bringing myself off of them I went however many days without them until I felt nauseous. When I felt nauseous I took two, I would push myself to go another day with out it for about two weeks. Thank GOD I finally have been off of it for about 3 months, I feel better look better so grateful I gave it up!

6:28 pm August 13th, 2014

I take at least 150mg twice a day and combine that with my anxiety meds (Clonipin).
It is the onlyway I feel I can deel with the huge anxiety I get.
I think we can get addicted to it. But I dont want to stop, I just hope my heart does not stop, I feel like I am in slow motion at times. delayed responding when in conversation.

Thanks for listeneing.

10:26 pm August 19th, 2014

CcCCC@ Diphenhydramine actually speeds heart rate. Especially in higher doses.

5:48 pm August 21st, 2014

I had taken about 300 Benadryl in the past month or so. I stopped taking it Sunday night, suddenly. And now I’m going throught detox really bad. I can’t keep food down, i can’t sleep at night, I have intense headaches, chills and then hot flashes. What should I do? See a doctor? I’m afraid my stomach has been ruined.

2:32 am August 22nd, 2014

Can a person take benadryl therapeutically for allergies if they once overdosed on it?

3:21 pm August 23rd, 2014

Melissa, I’d say it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor. They’ll be able to help you out with the withdrawals and see if there is need for further treatment of any kind of physical damage.

2:53 pm September 1st, 2014

Okay so what if your friend is the one with the benadryl problem.

8:54 am September 2nd, 2014

Steph, statistically speaking that is very unlikely. I don’t judge people, if i am wrong then i’m sorry. How much does he take?

7:40 pm September 9th, 2014

i have been takeing the beynadryl for sometime now,i have found myself addictaed to this,i have to have it at least i think i do,if i have to go with out this i find myself very hateful and agrevated until i get this

11:15 am September 10th, 2014

….yeah, I think I have a problem. This is the first time opening up about this. Ive been taking benadryl for a little over 8 years. My mother had given it to me once before to help me sleep. It started out with 2 25mg tablets. At some point I had gotten immune to it because just 2 pills wouldn’t get me to sleep so then I started upping my dose without my mom knowing. Over time I realized you could get ‘high’ off of the medicine so I added that as a plus because I couldn’t feel anything when I reached that point. The more immune I got to it, the higher I made my dose. I’ve gone through the effects on a daily basis. The memory loss, slurred speech, hallucinations, trembling, blurry vision with really bad pains behind my eyes, and convulsions. Sometimes I’d get this weird sensation down my back and where my heart is and at random moments my body would just like jerk up. I’ve ended up having to take it during the day or else I’d feel sick. A bottle of 100 25mg tablets would last me about 5 or 6 days. I’ve tried stopping but when I do I get really sick. My entire body will ache. My head would pound, I’d get white as a ghost from laying down so much, nearly blacked out once before because I hadn’t had it in a week. I’d even vomit even though I couldn’t eat…I know its a problem but the thought of getting help makes me feel like I don’t know, pathetic? I mean its allergy medicine for crying out loud. Something so common that people don’t think you can get addicted to…it just makes me feel low…

3:44 pm September 10th, 2014

Hello Sunny. Thank you for opening up and posting this comment. I know, it almost seems impossible how a medication for allergies can be addictive, but it is…Detoxing is not the easiest part of quitting Benadryl, and withdrawals are harsh. But, with the proper approach and treatment you could quit for good.

5:55 pm September 10th, 2014

But how do you go about getting help for this kind of addiction when your the only ‘clean’ child of 6 siblings? You know, the pride and joy, the one who doesn’t do drugs or smoke anything. Hell the entire family. I’m afraid it will have a devastating affect admitting this to family. Especially when you’re supposed to be the ‘role model’ to your neices and nephews…

6:41 pm September 11th, 2014


Quiting cold turkey is rough as DPH is a form of antidepressant believe it or not, it was formed in the 1940’s, it has the same chemical properties as prozac, later DPH was discontinued as an antidepressant and was much suited for allergies, while antidepressants in the CNS attach to b1,c1… all the little receptor sites from the cns, while DPH takes a turn and attaches to h1, thats the most basic way to explain it.

Heres where things get complicated (keep in mind DPH was the first antidepressant) Most Doctors will tell patients “withdrawing” from types of benzo’s (antidepressants) is not possible and will send patients to detox for 2 weeks or so…that is not enough time at all, CNS, ssri damage can take a YEAR in most, on the other hand some doctors will say yes it is CNS damage and only Time can cure…suffer through the withdrawal, what happens is they will taper patients and it seems they never get better…keep in mind EVERYONE is different, anything with CNS damage is very very hard to pin point…recovery is different in EVERYONE also.

Your going to have to tell your family! the quicker the better!, as I am sure they will be very concerned why your disoriented and sick all the time (prepare your self for a good 4 months of being very very sick)

DPH is a very powerful chemical, and it gave you an imbalance you cant just put it to the side and think no one will notice (its going to be a very very rough withdrawal,) not only from the anticholergenic affects but also remember it builds a little film over the hairs in the synapsis firing from Acetylcholine which is why you feel sedated… DPH has alot of compound properties and is useful in lots of things besides allergies….besides all of that jargon it will “mess” up your histamines and histamines do ALOT for your body which is why you may have ringing in your ears, sick, dizzy, and hallucinate, Its not just one chemical in benedryl that causes withdrawal its a slew of compounds…

DONT be scared this is not permanent at all, your going to feel like absolute S**T for a few months it took me almost 9 months to be symptom free, do I still have the affects, not really what it did was give me slight allergies believe it or not so I might flare for a few minutes and then im fine (it gave me allergies when it was all said and done) will that even go away? YES! when I first started withdrawing there is no way I could have wrote this, I was as blind as a bat, and had the memory of a goldfish….that will also go away (my vision was blurry for about 7 months, and sensitive to light)

tell your family YOU HAVE TOO, and ride the withdrawal rollercoaster trust me when this is all said and done the look and smell of that pink pill will make you vomit, my stomach turns if I look at it.

1:18 am September 13th, 2014

Hi my name is Gary and I have been an addict most of my life. I’m in the soboxone program. I have always had a problem sleeping, and I find if I take one or two benadryl I sleep without feeling grawgy the next day. But my wife says I can be addicted to this medication. I go through a bottle about once every nitty days. Do you think I am addicted to benadryl.

6:22 am September 13th, 2014

Gary, i wouldn’t be concerned if you’re taking 25-50mg you say? that is completely safe. UK i believe has 100MG limit so what you’re taking is half that!

The problem you have is likely insomnia not addiction which you can talk to your doctor about and there is plenty of information on that. If it makes you feel better i know people who take 1,000MG (that is 40 pills) a night and struggle with a bad addiction and extreme tolerance.

Have you tried sleeping without DIPH yet?

1:57 pm September 14th, 2014 Song on YouTube I wrote about addictions….

5:58 am September 15th, 2014

Hi, im only 15 years old and ever since my doctor told me to start taking benadryl about 4 years ago because of my allergies, i loved the sleepy feeling it would give me and ive been abusing them “to get high” and taking way more then i should be, and i cant focus in school anymore, and i think i have a problem, and my friends are really worried about me, and i just cant stop and i dont know what to do..

10:51 pm September 15th, 2014

Yeah its hard dealing with that because at the same time you’re satisfying your curiosity, you can sleep easier as well. So you take higher and higher doses while tolerance builds up.

How much are you taking per night me?

8:59 am September 17th, 2014

Thank you Joe, for sharing your song with us. Your music is nice and this song can really help people understand what’s addiction like from the addict’s poin of view.

3:17 pm September 23rd, 2014

My boyfriend uses it to sleep and I’m afraid he might develop dependancy to it.

He works night shifts so he has no choice to sleep during the day. Instead of buying dark curtains or blinds to block the daylight, he takes Benadryl. And now uses the excuse he has it at hand in case he gets an allergic reaction to Tylenol.

I’m annoyed by this and want it to stop.

2:48 am September 25th, 2014

In all due respect to the others, me taking 8 a night to sleep is nothing considering I’ve been a major IV heroin & IV crack addict for quite some time. Basically ive never found something i couldn’t inject. I was a garage can, I’ve done it all… Just opiates were my love.
But, now I’m in the methadone clinic- 150mg a day. So, considering where I’m coming from, maybe me taking benedryl isn’t that horrible

8:57 pm September 25th, 2014

Jessica i have recreationally snorted heroin around 10 times going back. My father was the one addicted and died less then a year ago. I have not messed with it since. Injecting is what led to his death, need you to know this.

9:05 pm September 25th, 2014

^He also took 8-10 diphenhydramine a night^ i believe you share similarities because benadryl actually potentiates heroin and reduces itches.

5:13 pm September 26th, 2014

my sister has been abusing benadryl for a few yrs now. my family wont get her help. they say u cant abuse it. ive been telling them u can. my sisters nevers r shot. she cant sit still. i call her the crack head j.rk. because she acts like she is on crack but isnt. she abuses benadryl and laskatives. she has a son shes go threw custuidy battle with her ex. i feel my nephew should be with his father. my sister needs help shes mentaly gone.

3:35 am September 28th, 2014

I’m so glad I found this article. I seriously thought I was the only one struggling with this. I take 16-20 Benadryl every night (25 mg tablets). Have taken up to 30 at a time, but not generally. I don’t take them to sleep, I just really like the way they make me feel. Really relaxed, kind of like I’m floating. I’m only 26, and I’ve already absolutely destroyed my teeth with the stuff, kind of like some meth addicts do. Because it dries up all your saliva just like meth does. I’m pretty much gonna have to get either dentures or implants. And I can’t talk to my doctor about my addiction because I have really bad ADHD, so I’m being prescribed Ritalin, and for some reason, doctors think if you have a tendency towards addiction, you will most definitely start abusing your ADHD meds, which is totally not the case. I’ve been on those meds for 7 years now and, NOT ONCE did I attempt to get high off them.

4:23 pm September 28th, 2014

This may not be the correct forum, but my golden retriever has been on Benedryl for years for his allergies (it’s no longer working) and I’m wondering if it’s OK to take him off cold turkey, or if i should wean him off.

10:53 pm September 28th, 2014

Im sorry to hear about your father. Mine took his ownlife, so I understand its hard not having a dad…
As far as the IV use, I know fully it will kill me eventually. My life is so far beyond screwed up, i don’t know if fading away is such a terrible thing. Just too much for too long. I hope for the other people on here, they still have a chance out of the darkness

12:39 pm September 29th, 2014

Hi Sharon. I believe a veterinarian will be able to give you a better answer and advise. But, my guess is, if humans need to gradually reduce doses, so do our pets.

7:37 pm September 29th, 2014

Sorry to hear that as well. Suboxone and other strips and stuff he begun using without a prescription. And he told me honestly it’s just as hard trying to get and maintain those drugs. Just So he could “be off drugs” which you”re not. Second one was methadone which for some reason I didn’t belive that it didn’t get him high so I took some myself and I felt bad because he was right.

He ended up in a hotel him self and cut himself off from everyone els often. I would say you should somehow be connected to your family or a group or something. When my father went to group for narcotics (not for long) he still told jokes about it. It’s not a solution right away but it will help you from becoming cut off with the world. God knows I have, just not with heroin. Which is worse because it’s a big deal just getting clean from it.

It is possible though! Almost always requires professional help. My father done it in the past. We had to take him to rehab which he did not like. As far as I know methadone has worse withdrawal the heroin itself. Not sure about Suboxone.

But I obviously am making assumptions. I do not know your current situation or past. Hope you get help either way Jessica Either way it somewhat tore my family apart just dealing with this. Eventually they found out and by then it was to late or he just couldn’t control the urge.

12:47 am October 5th, 2014

Does anyone know if a woman is pregnant and has this kind of addiction, will the excess amount of benadryl have any side effects for the baby? Like cause any defects while in the womb?

1:07 pm October 6th, 2014

Hello Sunny. Basically, no medications are complertely risk-free to be taken during pregnancy. But, it’s ok to take some medications if it’s suggested by a doctor and/or gyneachologist AND if the benefits are greater than the underlying risks. You can find more dertails here:

1:31 am October 8th, 2014

I have taken Benadryl on several occasions. I have just read a bunch if the posts and to think that there are some people who take 70 a day!….
When we know this is happening to people, why not change the drugs status and make a prescription required?

9:39 am October 8th, 2014

Because addiction is not common enough for diphenhydramine. There are few people that don’t veer because of the side effects alone.

I do believe there are some country’s where it is not legal or scheduled. That status can be found on erowid.

3:53 am October 9th, 2014

My last message failed. Well Gianni, i believe that is due to the fact that for 1 this drug has been around for a very long time and has proven to be safe and affective with very minimal abuse.

Although, i believe that it would be effective for stores them self to create policies restricting the amount you can purchase. Like for example, DXM. Which is found in cough syrup and is abused much more then diph is. I highly doubt the US will schedule this drug though i may be wrong.

In some stores in the United Kingdom its harder to get and somewhat restricted. Not effectively, because i know someone who simply orders them online in high quantities. Resulting in even worse abuse!

Anyway, you say you “use diph on occasion” what do you mean by that? are you talking recreational use, or therapeutically?

5:40 pm October 11th, 2014

I take 100 pills aday some times more and have been doing it for years. I am scared of what’s it doing to my body. I have been trying to look up info on it but can’t find anything. Also what are the withdrawal symptoms

1:37 pm October 13th, 2014

Hi Tonya. When you stop using Benadryll you can expect problems with sleeping and some minor changes. But, generally speaking Diphenhydramine can be stopped safely with no ill effects.

5:11 pm November 3rd, 2014

I need to take 2 mg of klonopin and 50mg of benadryl for my chronic insomnia. Works like a charm.

5:54 am November 7th, 2014

At one point I was shooting it up.. Now I look like I have severe cigarette scars all up and down my legs. I have stopped using the needle but I cannot sleep without taking at least 12 or 15 of them a night. my fiance lost a leg to the same problem. We are both only in our one takes me very seriously when I talk about this though, so I just keep it to myself most days. It’s nice to know that I am NOT alone out there

4:03 am November 9th, 2014

I’m 15 and started developing allergies like my parents but when I realized that it more or less puts me into a coma for 6 or so hours I used it to treat my RLS flare ups when they became really bad. Then I took them just to sleep during the day bc of how amazing the minicoma made me feel. I haven’t had them for a few months but now I’m really craving one (though we don’t have any) and it’s on my mind quite often.

Mary Mary
5:03 pm November 10th, 2014

I am a Chronic Asthmatic and I have found Benadryll Original to be the most effective medication when season changes and the allergies commence. I only use this medication two or three times before bedtime in the early Spring time. I agree this medication can create drowsiness however if taken early evening I find it most beeneficial in clearing the gunk from my chest, throat etc. Alas, I cannot find an equivalent medication now the Benadryll Original is no longer available. Can you please advise me of an equivalent medication and YES I am an intelleigent woman aware of addictions etc which does not apply to me in this instance. Please help me.

9:34 am November 11th, 2014

Hi Mary. Instead of Benedryl you can try Claritin or Zyrtec. However, ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take one of these medicines if you have any medical conditions, such as liver or kidney disease.

8:03 am November 19th, 2014

I take benadryl for sleep as it seems to help me..but ive been increasing the dose and have to take it everyday several times…when I dont take it I get sick to my stomach, irritable, and. Vomit for several days….am I withdrawing from this medicine?

12:24 pm November 22nd, 2014

For the last 8 years I’ve taken anywhere from 200mg-800mg. I started taking it for sleep. Unfortunately I really liked the feeling it gave me so I continued to take it although I knew I didn’t alwYs “need” it. I am MISERABLE on this crap!! Will you please let me know what suggestion you might have in regards to stopping? How many mg do I lower each day/week…etc? I’ve tried to stop cold turkey but I was miserable! I go through all the “typical” withdrawl symptoms(cramping stomach, cold sweats, aggravated at EVERYTHING/ONE….etc! Please help! Also, For a long time I thought I was completely lost! Searching for help with this would be comical if it weren’t such a horrible thing! Everywhere I looked for help kept repeating how NON-ADDICTIVE Benadryl is. However, when I would wake up feeling miserable……I KNEW…..I HAD NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER! I put 2 & 2 together & realized I felt this way cuz I didn’t take the Benadryl the night before! Thank you in advance for your input!

3:56 pm December 1st, 2014

I have been taking six 25 mg benadryl caps a day for about two years for itching. I began having memory problems and my doc told me to reduce the benadryl by 1/2 tab every two weeks. I can’t get to less than 5 tabs a day. When I hit 4 1/2 after a few days I cry a lot and feel suicidial. I have a new doc now who I don’t really trust with this so I don’t know what to do. Help please!

12:34 am December 4th, 2014

You can try the diphenhydramine itch gel. This way its topical.

2:44 pm December 4th, 2014

Wouldn’t itch gel be just as bad on my memory ? It would still enter my bloodstream?

12:16 pm December 6th, 2014

I have been posting my recovery from diphenhydramine abuse (about 300-425 mg a day for 3 months) 1 year ago to this date:

I will tell you I am the very few that has been withdrawaling from this chemical for yes 1 year, It has changed my life, now please do not be scared, you will recover!
Heres my story, as short as I can possibly make it: I had an underlying issue that Benedryl “kicked” up, I am now with a neurologist getting tested for, Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. NOW DONT PANIC, I was Predisposition BEFORE BENEDRYL. I can not link benedryl and thats not what I am here for.

In short what if you were some one “like” me….Benedryl will provoke and speed up anything you may have genetically “predisipositioned” too, not saying your not healthy at all, I did 4yrs in the military (USMC) and was physically fit, when you get out of the service you do “outbound” paper work its like a MEPS all over again and I was healthy everything was on point. You really never now how your body might react to chemicals EXAMPLE: I was never allergic to anything, nothing…I hardly get sick.

SO, im not here to be on a BAN BENEDRYL campaign …I am not, nor am I a medical doctor/biochemistry/pharm/scientist…just an average guy, that DID my own research everyday for almost a year on: Dephenhydramine. Just a month ago my symptoms came back…when I did the pre-neuro screening I have 8/10 symptoms of MS, relapsing…days I feel great..then about a day where I am blasted with symptoms.
Is my life ruined NO, just a life style change…more of a pacing:

first 1.5 months…Dizzy, halucinations,brain fog, ringing in my ears, I could not stay awake, my left eye was dialated, sensitive to light, lathargic, and migrane headaches (my whole body ached) at night I would have auditory and get “in depth pictures” like I was looking at a painting when I closed my eyes, if I was listening to music/ or wathcing a movie it would play out in my head at night, it never felt like I got real sleep it just felt like I was daydreaming, I could still hear everything around me…it felt like I was falling, best way to describe it.

month 2-4: symptoms subsided (remember its so slow that you wont notice, youll just be like hey I can stay up longer, laugh, carry on a conversation) this is where your starting to “come” down, I was able to to do physical labor, hike in the woods…however I was out at around 7pm, out out, where I would just pass out and snore, like i havnt slept in days…Vision was still blurry, everything in month 1.5, CONFUSION was drifting away,

month 5-7: I was coming around, vision was adjusting, I wasnt feeling so sick anymore, still had ringing in my ears, and halucinate at night when i was drifitng to sleep
7 month: went to the VA, they thought I was losing my mind, walked out (dont do that) I was just frustated, and no I was polite about, thats when I was prescribed Vtamine D, blood work showed abnormally low Vitamine D.

month 8-9: it uplifted, gone feeling great I was getting my life back on track, ringing in my ears, and some auditory halucinations at night but was used to it, it was the norm

10 month: head fog gone, sick feeling gone ALL normal back in that department: NEW PROBLEM, IM mentally back! BUT I have numb fingers, toes, shin splints, and a very dry face, my left pinky and forearm was NUMB for a month, I have a static feeling through my body, my shins flare up, my forearms get shooting cramps, and I wake up to twitching at night

11-Now: everything seems fine: I still get the “weird” headaches, but they are “MS Headaches” like it moves around your body, best way to describe it…feels like my right side of my body has a Migrain, but my left side is normal, I KNOW SOUNDS WEIRD. I see black spots once in awhile, so besides MS…im not withdrawaling anymore…to be honest I CAN LIVE with MS, its not progressive I can deal with it, Id rather have that to be HONEST then to EVER EVER GO through WITHDRAWAL!!!

I’ll keep updated as much as I can…REMEMBER THIS IS NOT TO SCARE YOU, this is to EDUCATE, to NEVER PLAY WITH THIS STUFF, now YES my MS was going to hit me eventually, Benedryl “KICK” started it!! they are not RELATED. sorry for misspellings and grammer, I would have to go over this 10 times to correct everything, I just have to pay a little more attention to things, just a life style change, BUT NOT debiliating! I’m actaully releived to be honest, and motivated, Petty things that happen in life…just roll off my shoulders now 🙂

5:37 pm December 9th, 2014

Thank you, Nathan, for sharing your journey. I’m sure it can help many others, so thank you for taking the time to write in detail and post here. Good luck to you!

6:01 pm December 9th, 2014

Carrie, i am sorry your husband lost his leg. My husband lost his right arm, from just above the elbow down, last winter… he had something called compartment syndrome which was due directly to him shooting up and then passing out.
He even had an heart attack and was 25 at the time.
I have previously posted on this thread about maybe a month and a half ago and when I read your post today I couldn’t help but to respond and let you know that I really understand. I’m only 32 but I’ve had a long history with heroin and crack and basically anything else you put in front of me… IV.
I need to take a minimum of 8 benadryl to go to sleep at night, but I have also shot it as you mentioned and were the only person I’ve ever heard say that beside me.

Addiction in general is a real bitch, and it definitely forces us into the shadows… nobody needs to feel alone when it comes to it, just makes it a million times worse.

7:52 pm December 9th, 2014

I am trying to get help for Benadryl physical dependency. I only ever took six Benadryl a day – 2 four hours apart for two years. My doctor recommended I come off it because i was getting memory problems. I am down to four but I feel really bad. I have called three places for help and they say there is no such thing as dependence on Benadryl. Where can I get help? I am in PA?

10:46 pm December 9th, 2014

No it’s only good for topical application. Won’t make you drowsy. Maybe if you squeezed a whole tube of it up

10:54 pm December 9th, 2014

Lastly: Nathan, sorry but i do not see the link. I disagree. Although you might have MS and take diphenhydramine, diph isnt linked to progressing MS.

This is what you will find: Most over-the-counter sleep medications contain an antihistamine (commonly diphenhydramine) and are not recommended for people with brain-related disabilities like multiple sclerosis because they may cause disturbances in memory and new learning.

6:48 am December 12th, 2014


yes you are correct, I had it before the DPH…just didnt know it then, it must have started about 3 years ago…I was big on diet and excercise, my joints would feel like I have a “jolt” or a surge, when I abused DPH (only 3 months) it had a big impact on my body, YES I suppose what happened is rare I had no idea I had the beginning stages of MS, …I went through the withdrawal im sure it was both…basically my nervous system was “fragile” to began with like I said you just dont know these things

I am not here to scare anyone, safe bet would not to abuse this stuff…NO I am not a “drugs are bad dont do them guy” I am guilty as charged! my goal is that someone some where will find the blog (DPH abuse is rare) this is the only blog that I found where people are getting withdrawal…I searched day and night non stop when I was sick.

Actually thank you for informing me about over the counter meds, I did not know that, because now if I take advil, it kind of hits me with the MS…that was something i noticed, its like I am highly sensitive to chemicals, however I dont have progressive, its relapsing so I can still live a normal lifestyle to be honest I dont notice symptoms when I am engaged in an activity, work/school , I still lift weights and exercise…When im at the computer or browsing the internet, I feel “uncomfortable” but it has gotten way better since last year, or even 6 months ago. Sleep still bothers me though, I dont have a cycle anymore…however I need to check into OTC meds from now on, thank you

10:41 am December 12th, 2014

I have noticed a difference in joints a bit like stiffness once in a while and i know someone who takes over a gram every night of diph. I just have reached out to gather information and help with this addiction. Sorry about your MS that sounds like a struggle.

Overall you, and anyone els will likely feel crappier with diph added to your diet! i feel better at night but worse in the daytime. I have used hard drugs like heroin recreationally at least 10 different times nasally. That’s just one drug to. But, i remain mentally addicted to diph & not other substances.

There is a lot of confusion on “high doses” of diphehnydramine during abuse. One forum will tell you: “YOU WILL DIE CALL 911” and the other will say “thats nothing”. There are too many ignorant people online with ignorant opinions when it comes to substance abuse. Especially a substance like this where abuse is rare.

All i will say is the dose you’re taking WILL take a “toll” on your body. But it is NOT toxic. above 800MG according to erowid is HEAVY use. Above that, well it would take a good amount to become dangerously toxic. There really is not enough long term coverage and information on abuse.

4:24 am December 16th, 2014

Diphenhydramine in itself won’t kill you.. however it may weaken your immune system and/or cause serious sleeping issues down the road.. Food for thought – if you have to continually increase the dosage of something, to get the same effects you’re used to – what is that doing to your mind/body?

I would suggest if you are taking twice or more the recommended dose and not getting good results – *stop* cold turkey for a couple of days.. less is more – 50mg dose that works every few days is hell of a lot better choice than say.. 300mg+… you’ll sleep eventually – no need to add unknown health problems and outright mental instability to your plate.

adriana laba
7:17 am December 16th, 2014

I am taking benadryl for past 7 years every day to sleep,can any damage on my body or my sistem can ocour?

9:58 am December 22nd, 2014

I wanted to share that diph has a side affect (in high doses) that causes “excitement “. Which is hard to explain. The best way i can explain this, is unlike drugs that make you numb, ect, diph actually intensifies feelings and makes me feel the opposite of numb. (this is why music is “enhanced”) just like any other aspect or feelings in your life.

When im off, life seems so unsatisfying due to everything being numb. Which makes me depressed with life in general. That is part of why i am addicted.

Its still wondrous to me why im addicted though. Mostly because the feelings you get on this drug are so complex. And half of them i cant even remember! (due to being delusional and messed up at the time). — Make no mistake, this is a very powerful drug. I mean for christ sake I quit heroin!

For those addicted let me offer you advice: Be very careful when speaking to those you love and need. Calling him, emailing, ect while under the influence of diph. You can easily ruin a relationship that way. All it takes is one fucked up email or text message.

6:11 pm December 22nd, 2014

i dont think i am addicted, but i am not sure. i get pretty awful sinus headaches and take the severe allergy & sinus headache formulas (whether brand name or off brand, as long as it is a blue pill and says “severe sinus headache” on the box) pretty often. i have a friend who always tells me i am addicted and that its a problem (i think he is just being a know-it-all douchebag), but i honestly only take it when i have the headaches, which is a lot i suppose. i have major sinus issues and allergies, so the headaches are fairly common at least a couple times a week.

so i take the severe sinus headache formula at least 3-4 times a week. i only take it once, 2 pills (whatever that mg is, its the regular dosage) per day when needed – thats not addiction is it? i take it for what its made for, and while i take it often, i get the headaches that the medicine is created to treat, so… thats not really addiction or dependency is it?

12:11 pm December 23rd, 2014

Hi Heather. I’d say it isn’t addiction or dependence. Dependence means you organism has gotten accustomed to the presence of Benadryl and now cannot function without it, while addiction is the compulsive need for the drug. If you are taking the medication as prescribed and in the suggested doses, then it’s not even drug abuse. But, beware since once can always lead to the other.

10:44 am December 29th, 2014

What are the signs of Benadryl addiction?
Ever since I was a kid, my mother would give me a dosage of Dimetapp to sleep. Around my early teens, she started giving me 2 Benadryl tablets. Now a days, I cannot truly fall asleep without taking a regular dosage of Benadryl before I sleep (usually the off brand, bright pink tabs.) If I try to sleep without taking the tabs, I’ll be restless and maybe get a 2-4hrs sleep max before waking and being unable to fall back asleep. I tried going cold turkey, and just stopping.. after the first week I was fine and sleeping, then after a couple of weeks I went into this hyper alert state where I couldn’t sleep no matter what I did and was always in a state of panic and fear. When I took Benadryl again, I was able to sleep restfully.. but fear of being in that state again has made it so I still take a normal dosage every night before bed.

11:55 am December 29th, 2014

Hi Clark. Have you ever talked to a doctor about this issue? There is a way to gradually reduce doses and taper down, while using other medications to treat withdrawal symptoms as they occur. It’ll take time for your brain’s chemistry to come back to normal, but if you commit to it and do it one step at a time, YOU can succeed. Your doctor should be your first point of contact.

2:46 am December 30th, 2014

I’ve really never talked about it.
Whenever a doctor asks what medications I am on I tell them I take benadryl regularly to sleep.

I take a single dosage of 50mg every night before I go to sleep, but as I said I found I can’t sleep without taking them, and if I just cut it.. I eventually end up in this restless, hyper aware and panic state where I can’t sleep.

So, I am wondering if this is an addiction or dependency or just.. something psychological.

4:42 pm December 30th, 2014

Hi again Clark. No, I wouldn’t characterize you as an addict. But, you are dependent on Benadryl. You see, Benadryl releases chemicals that in the beginning were produced by your organism. As you continue administering a substance in your body, the brain understands that it no longer has the need to produce it and depends on the external source. That’s dependency and that’s also why you cannot sleep in the absence of Benadryl and why you don’t sleep well if you lower your dose.

By gradually tapering to smaller amounts of Benadryl, you can eventually get rid of it. But, it takes time for your brain to understand that it has to start producing it’s own chemicals, since they won’t come from medications.

7:21 am January 6th, 2015

Hi um i think i got a prob here cux if i take half A box of bendrayl im high but im not cux i hav a high tolerance for it.No one belives me tho

8:18 pm January 11th, 2015

Hi. I haven’t check this blog in quite sometime. However, I want to say that my son is fine. I still give in benadryl when he has a cold so it will dry out his nose AND help him sleep. But only for a few days in a row. But I want to comment to Nathen0621. I have been living w/ MS also for the past 19 years. I have never abused or used benadryl for sleep. MS and Benadryl have nothing to do with each other. And MS is progressive even if you have RR right now… I also have that, but as you have stated every person is different. Also, to the over3year addict, there is no connection to cognitive functions related to otc meds. It is one of the symptoms of MS. I have done tons of research on MS and my Dr. is one of the tops Doctors in the MS community. He first started his practice at Yale and I was seen there but has since opened a New MS clinic on his own. I haven’t used any medications that effect your CNS but I sitll have short term memory issues and other minor cognitve problems. For Nathan I suggest contactin the to get the best information on MS. There are many different medications to not “Cure ” your mS but to keep it where it is right now, which in the long term is probably where you want to be. Unfortuantely I cannot work out as hard as I used to b/d when I get overheated my MS symptoms come back. With that said, I am not going to got on & on about MS. Just went to let others no that there is no connection between drugs you take and MS. MS is a progressive disease but there are now prescription drugs to slow tha down. I am convinced if you overuse any drug you will become addicted and with experience some kind of withdrawal. I know that I won’t ever do that to my son again. I know he was on low dosage but it still effected him a little bit. Drugs are chemicals so just remember is it worth it to use them? An adult can make an informed decision for themselves however, all you kids out there just be careful. Good luck peeps and Peace out. 🙂

1:28 am January 12th, 2015

I have been have been taking benadryl for several years for sleep. I am now afraid because I’ve read negative results on prolonged use. I am currently weaning myself off. I use to take 2 -’25 mg daily, I now take 25 mg (1) plus half of a 25 mg. I think I’ll take just 1 25mg tonight. I am sooo afraid of permanent damage. I noticed I’m increasingly forgetful. I am 66 years old. Will the brain repair any damage, I caused?

9:32 pm January 13th, 2015

I take 750-900mg a night for about 6 months now. I know I am doing serious damage to my health, but I can not quit. I have tried but always turn back to taking it.

11:27 pm January 13th, 2015

I was saying referring to the fact that if you have symptoms with MS, surely diphenhydramine can affect you negatively. If i had the flu and decided to take diph i would feel crappier, tired, dehydrated, mentally impaired, ect. – One could say “diphenhydrame makes my MS worse” or “makes my flu worse”.

I was saying that Although you might have MS and take diphenhydramine, diph isnt linked to progressing or worsening MS. Not to say that it cannot affect your condition negatively. Of course, how much you’re taking matter lots. A recommended dose is not something i would worry about.

As for keeping up, just select “subscribe to post” when commenting. Then you’re alerted upon new posts.

2:07 pm January 14th, 2015


Thank you for giving a follow-up on your son’s “withdrawal” and thank you for the website! I check this blog periodically, I’m afraid of giving someone the wrong advice and best leave it to the professionals, as you say you have had MS for over 19yrs I am sure you probably know more about it then a medical healthcare (which is by far the best advice, no text book, actual experience)

However if someone is withdrawing (it can happen for months) only you know yourself so going to a doctor about is the decision you must make (however they might not finding anything wrong, blood work analysis may show your the most healthy person in the world) On that note this is the ONLY blog I found where people are posting “withdrawal”

Once again thank you for posting an update on your sons recovery, once again it was NOT your fault! you gave him the lowest possible dose told by a Dr.! maybe in a way it was a good thing? his body DOES not like anticholenergics , so essentially if I was prescribed an anti-depressant or maybe a pain-reliever I’M NOT taking it!

GREAT NEWS hes doing WELL!!!

7:56 pm January 16th, 2015

Well im glad some of you have had success. I think my posting here has come to an end.

7:35 pm January 18th, 2015

I’ve been taking benadryl for months due an unknown preservative allergy. I usually take 1 to 2 tablets per day and recently slacked off and my blood pressure is now super high. 160/90. It was previously perfect bp. I know my doctor will not understand and will just put me on high bp meds instead of getting to the core issue. . Is cold turkey the best way to get off this stuff?

1:03 am January 19th, 2015

He really didn’t go through w/drawal per say. He may have had a few nights of bad sleep but I have learned that if you follow the directions, at least on the generic one I have, says, do not take for more than 3 weeks without consulting a doctor. Of course in my case, the secretaries, though helpful, are not the doctors. It’s not that his body doesn’t like it, I was just worried because of the long duration of time I was giving it and was led to believe it is harmless, And then coming on here I got really worried.

You are absoulutely correct about getting information from people who experience the same thing. I cannot put myself in your shoes, because everyone is different but I can empathize with how you might be feeling. I have to smile right now because even my doctor can only tell me what other patients have told him, especially about the drugs available to slow progression of the disease.

I don’t want to debate about things but as you said to someone else you have to disagree and I have to disagree with you. For Nathan, there is no predispostion to MS. So Nathan I’m not sure why you said that. Even though it effects your CNS drugs don’t necessarily make it worse. It’s not like the flu at all. In fact, when I was getting IV steroids during an exacerbation, it kept me from sleeping so my MS dr. told me I could use benadryl to help me sleep. However, it didn’t work so he prescribed ativan. Needless to say, any drug you use, for anything, is a chemical and could pose harmful effects and although your hypothosis is a good one, it is incorrect. It doesn’t make MS worse, especially if you have RR. Things like a virus, being overtired, being exposed to heat or overheating through exercise can cause and exacerbation but it’s not a “brain” disease. It is a disease of the CNS which yes, includes your brain, but utilmately your immune system attacks itself and that is how you get sclerosis on your brain an spinal cord.

“Ivana@Addiction blog”
You said it perfectly about a dependency vs. and addiction. I don’t think my son was addicted. He may have developed a little dependency but he is fine now. After reading all these comments from such young people, I worry that they are misinformed about things. I am a school teacher, and have taught every grade level. With that said, I understand that high school students are posting on here and that is very concerning to me. Having taught Highschool for 11 years I know kids want to experiment or are not well informed about things. If you think you may be addicted and are afraid I would seek out your school counselor, school social worker, or school physchologist. It may be hard because you don’t want your parents to find out, but remember, the counsleors are there to help you. They may be able to recommend somewhere for you to get help in your area. You only have one life to live so be nice to it.
Best of Luck to all of you. It’s a hard road we travel but we can do it together.

1:12 pm January 20th, 2015

Hi Kate. I’d always recommend tapering doses down and doing it gradually. Going cold turkey after months of continuous use can cause withdrawal symptoms, which bring a lot of stress to the organism. You can talk to a pharmacist about some over-the-counter medicartions you can use to minimize the withdrawal discomfort.

5:35 pm January 20th, 2015


thank you for the posts! So far I have not gotten any worse… It just seems DPH really did something to me, DPH has been the biggest nightmare in my life! I got out of the military exactly 4 years ago, and I’m a combat veteran, the VA really did not help me out all! this all started 1 year and 2 months…the VA tried to write me off as ptsd…NO NO NO, I do not and im not going down the road, and their are Vets that really need the system, I do NOT…then they tried to get me for TBI..which was like WTF? NO, please help me out here! they did a blood test and an MRI, I have black spots on my optic nerve, and my blood work showed abnormally low vitamine D, and they still wanted to push me with ptsd and hook me up with these “programs” I simply do not need any of this and their are Veterans that do, I threw all the stuff away and never went back (I was still very sick and withdrawing) Thats when I felt alone and researched DPH, I researched every compound that is found in DPH (9 months straight every day).

I think the VA doctor got into trouble or something because he begged me to come back in (I was ignoring their phone calls and canceling appointments) long story short they cut the BS and sent me to a neurologist. IT was A NIGHTMARE!! and to this day I wish I never touched that bottle of Benadryl…would things have been different I do not know?

YES, it is very concerning seeing young kids write in this blog going through withdrawal!! if i saw a young person buying a bottle of Benadryl (i know its not my right) I’m going to ask them what the hell they plan on doing with it!! This caused a Domino effect!

Thank you worriedmom for your insight, have a good day 🙂

1:42 am January 22nd, 2015

Since my last posting on Dec 30th, I’ve completely quit taking Benadryl to sleep. However, now almost 3 weeks later I am almost always feeling restless. Even when I was taking the medication, I was a very light sleeper but as of late it has become ludicrous. Before if someone went to the bathroom or walked down the stairs I’d stir from my sleep. Now, the sound of my mattress compressing wakes me up. I’ve become extremely oversensitive to sound in and around my room. I’ve been waking up feeling less and less energized, where I feel like warmed over dead and can barely get up in the morning. I’ve not yet hit that hyperalert state but… I’m sleeping but feeling less and less rested.

Is this a side effect of going cold turkey? Why didn’t this happen weeks ago, and only started becoming evident after 3 weeks of not taking the medication?

Thank You.

2:08 pm January 26th, 2015

I’ve been using diphenhydramine for 28 years for insomnia. Recently I’ve read it can exacerbate dementia ( my mother has it and also uses OTCsleepaid) I’ve tried not taking it and I fall asleep but wake up and can’t go back to sleep. Do I need to just work through it?

4:37 am January 28th, 2015

this is for my freind ,(Jill) she has been taking benadryl over a year now. every night to sleep. Claims she cant sleep without it, i try to telll her she can and that she is addicted to it, but she says shes not, and continues to take it every night before bed. is she addicted to benadryl?

7:03 pm January 29th, 2015

I had a problem with benadryl two years ago… my midwife told me I could take one to help me sleep and as it stopped working I started taking more to make it work. I was taking 5 or 6 every night when I finally quit due to my husbands aunt telling me it might make me deaf taking too much too long so I stopped all use then. But I have had a lot of ear aches dizziness itchy sticky and random sharp shooting pains almost ever since. Is this from me taking too much benadryl for too long?? Could it be from benadryl?

11:32 pm January 30th, 2015

Excitement is a side affect from the drug. This people like for music appreciation… And some other things! but it can make you jump.

After it wears off when its gone for me. Usually you need 100+ mg for that effect. Even more for me 200-300mg.

11:51 pm January 30th, 2015

Never heard ear pains or deafness from antihistamines. She is scaring you off maybe?

Ive taken more than anyone here im sure. LOW to some would call crazy doses. Ive noted a LOT of good and bad effects, doses, and very profound hallucinations. Best of all, sleep!

No ear troubles, though.

When you start and stop its side affects are very apparent in decent doses. If i stay consistent, the negative effects settle. So coming on and off may be hard and very depressing sometimes. Like a bread truck hit me..

1:50 pm February 2nd, 2015

I figured she was just trying to get me to stop until the ear problems started and continue. I was taking 5-6 then staying awake thru the high and taking another 5-6 to then go to sleep when I stopped taking them thanks for replying I will move on from this now and probably seek medical advice on what my ears could be

3:15 am February 4th, 2015

hello my story is long, forgive me for that…. but I want to know if anyone else has experienced this or not….I wouldn’t say I was addicted to benadryl, but i was definitely dependent on it for sleep, I took anywhere from 50 to 200 mg a night before bed depending on how I felt, usually 100mg. I did this for about a year and a half or so. I do believe it was around the same time that I decided to stop taking it or not long after I developed hives, slowly but surely they started to kick in, an itch here and itch there until one night I woke up with my legs itching so bad and my arms, then the itching started turning into hives, it was so bad, i started taking benadryl 25mg four times daily which worked to relieve the hives, it seemed to work but then i found zyrtec which really worked, 1 a day kept the hives away, so thats what I did. for 3 years, but little by little I seem to have developed a tolerance, now I’m itching again and some visible hives showing off and on even on the zyrtec. with research i found that people are experiencing intense itching and hives as what seems to be a withdrawl symptom of quitting zyrtec. what I was wondering is if anyone thinks my use of benadryl could have been what started the hives, or just taking it so long that my body may have stopped producing its own natural antihistamines. has anyone noticed intense itching and hives as a result of there longterm use and or quitting of benadryl? do i need to just stop taking antihistamines alltogether for a while, ive been dealing with the hives forever and without medicine it is seriously unbearable, cant sleep, can barely work, itching to death. anyone with a similar story. it could be something else causing them, i just dont know.

5:13 am February 4th, 2015

I I take care of my youngest brother, Steve, a schizophrenic, who is also a recovered alcoholic. Seven years ago, twice, he overdosed primarily on Benadryl and was hospitalized – the second time for a month He now attends a program three days a week and they prescribe his psychiatric medication which I control. Things have been going well for this situation – I thought. Last week, I discovered 12 empty Benadryl bottles of 400 tablets each – a total of 4800 tablets. I have no idea how long he has been taking them. I suspect he might have started when his nurse practitioner left In November and the replacement changed his medications. Steve then had difficulty sleeping and I think he takes Benadryl to help him sleep. I rue that day. On top of everything else, my brother had heart surgery a year and a half ago and he now has an artificial heart valve.
With another brother, we plan to confront Steve on Thursday. I have no idea where to go from here. I thought he could stop immediately but reading here it seems if the quantity is excessive he cannot. I feel he should be hospitalized until he withdraws completely. But how do I get him hospitalized? Can I take him to a hospital or is that the responsibility of the program? And until he is placed in a hospital should he taper his use down?
I love my brother and I want to stop this cycle of abusing Benadryl. I plan to tell him that after he is cleaned up, if he abuses Benadryl again, he will have to leave. If that is what it takes to stop him, I feel I have to do it.
Thank you in advance for your advice, I appreciate it very much.

7:42 pm February 6th, 2015

I think I’m addicted to benadryl. I’m not like most people. You probably are not going to believe me when I tell you this but I take 24 benadryl every single night. If I have unisom then I take 12 which as you know is equal to 24 benadryl. I started taking it to get to sleep faster and stay asleep. And I was taking it as the directions said to. But I quickly realized that it was making me feel high so I started taking more and more and now I am at 24 benadryl/12 unisom every night.

12:18 pm February 9th, 2015

Hi Jaime. If that’s the case, It’s not recommended to attempt to detox on your own and the withdrawal symptoms can be harsh. So, I’d advise you to seek medical help. Your first poin of contact ca ne your doctor, and s/he can refer you to a detox facility. Even slow taper of doses will probably need to be medically assisted to lessen the withdrawal symptoms. Good luck to you! Stay strong!

2:55 am February 14th, 2015

I’m 15 and I started taking Benadryl as an alternative to marijuana about two months ago and now I take four before every class, I didn’t think I was addicted to it but when I went without it for one day I became really irritated and tense and I haven’t told my family because I’m scared of what they might think of me

10:03 am February 18th, 2015

I have been taking benadryl for 5+ years now…Honestly, it’s not usually used for sleep, but for sedation. I just like the way it makes me feel. The year of 2010 I quit taking them when my mother found out, and 2011 I started up again. The amounts prior were insane, 300 mg or higher daily. That year I started to notice a difference in my breathing and heart rate. I knew something wasn’t right. So i went from taking 12 pills (25mg Each) to 10, then 8..Now I have gotten the amount down to 6 (25mg) and the harsh side effects before have subsided to nothing. I am worried however of the damage. I figure if I can keep lowering the amounts, then maybe the need will no longer be there? I need help. I tried doing it by myself and failed. I don’t want to be put on other medications (anti-depressants, fatigue etc) I just want to be normal and not have to depend on something for the rest of my life.

2:56 am February 19th, 2015

I’ve been taking benadryl for about a month I have allergies I did not have insurance it also helps me sleep evan been taking it for about a week now and all I want to do is cry I also have some other stuff going on in my life and I was reading this article and I am addict and I’m alcoholic. I have been in recovery for two and half years please tell me that this is not relapse please tell me that this is okay because it’s over the counter and I’m using it for my allergies and also to sleep…

5:22 pm February 22nd, 2015

Hi I have been taking Sleep Eze a night time sleep aid for four years. Now I want to stop I took it when my Dad died then kept on it because of back pain leg problems.
Can you advise me how to come off this sleep aid.

5:02 pm February 27th, 2015

My son is 8 years old and has severe allergies and other medical issues. His doctor has had him on benedryl since he’s been 3-4. The pharmacy recently took longer to get his prescription due to the fact they were out and needed to order it and the first night without it my son woke up with restless legs and cramps. I’m hoping it has nothing to do with not having benedryl but would like to know some input. ?????????

6:24 pm March 22nd, 2015

can I take a small dose of benadryl regularly at night for sleeplessness

1:27 pm March 23rd, 2015

Hello Michael. If you are not prescribed Benadryl, taking it in any amount and manner is considered prescription medication abuse. Plus, you are exposing yourself at the risk of forming dependence or addiction to the medication. You can go to the pharmacy and get some over-the-counter sleep aids, or try by drinking calming teas and relaxing before going to bed.

1:09 am March 24th, 2015

I’m really scared. I’ve been taking a lot of benadryl and this day two of being without and I’m sweating,nervous,fatigued,and dizzy. I don’t know what to do. How long should withdrawl last?

6:12 am March 24th, 2015

Re: (Richie Feb. 4, 2015) Intense Itching!
I too have been on Benadryl for 3-4 years. When I recently read of the ill-effects of continuous of Benadryl;I weaned myself off, from 50mg nightly to now 12.5 nightly. (I also take 3 mg. of Melatonin) I recently started itching horribly! I assume it is from the withdrawal of the Benadryl, even though I’m not completely off yet. My doctor told me to wean myself off. She also said that the side effects would eventually stop. (Including the forgetfulness). I don’t know…… I’m itching a lot mostly at night!! I don’t want to take the Zyrtec for the itching, because as you say, you can become addicted to that too!
Whew. Don’t know what to do-

2:04 pm March 24th, 2015

Yeah dioh treats itchyness. Im still addicted and my tolerance is nuts!

i have had 2 seizures since my last comment….

12:29 am March 26th, 2015

Please post back if the itching subsides.

6:18 am March 26th, 2015

Ive always took 2 Benadryl every night. Just did actually lol. Idk, I think I might have something with me needing to sleep. I’ve took it for like a year or 2 now straight, I’ve felt high off this shit all the time tho. Idk its weird. Just take it to breathe at night really. I havr bad allergies.

8:10 am March 26th, 2015

I wish i could fall asleep on two benadryls. I wouldnt worry about it, that is the recommended amount.

5:57 am March 27th, 2015

Uh oh…..i think i may have a problem…i honestly cannot sleep with out 2 benadryl before bed…i didnt know you could become addicted

10:56 am March 27th, 2015

Hi Mariz. It’s not addiction, it’s physical dependence. This means that our bodies are great at adjusting to all changes in environment. So, when you take a medication for a period of time, your body gets used to the presence of the substance. The downside is that at that time our body starts to depend on the external source of chemicals it needs to put it to sleep (in the case of sleeping medications). This is reversible, since our brains are also great at healing and retuning to homeostasis. In order to quit, you’d need to slowly taper doses and also find a way to sleep during that time, since insomnia is one of the Benadryl withdrawal symptoms. You can talk to your doctor or pharmacist about creating a tapering schedule and what other remedies you can use during that time to relieve withdrawal effects.

6:39 am March 28th, 2015

THEOVER3YEARADDICT:: Did you say take “dioh” for the itching? Can’t find that. Thank you! Still on 12.5 mil of Benadryl. Afraid I won’t sleep if I get off! Thanks!

5:15 pm April 2nd, 2015

I took 25 mg of Benadryl each night for at least seven years as a sleep aid. Recently I stopped. Now I am experiencing greater sleep interruptions and a great deal of muscle pain. Could these symptoms represent a form of withdrawal from Benadryl? Thank you.

12:49 pm April 3rd, 2015

I have no idea what i was going on about. What i do remember, is asking you if the itching stops let me know! dich was a typo or something. my bad. When i stop i get itchiness as well. But i obviously have a huge tolerance. But Incase you didnt know there is topical diphenhydramine too for itchiness. I dont know if that would work for you. Obviously you cant put it on anything big its for bug bites probably = )

Bitch please
8:08 am April 4th, 2015

Hey I took 5 tablets of 25 mg Benadryl with I be hurt tomorrow morning or will j die

10:07 am April 6th, 2015

Hi there, Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 to get a free over-the-phone assessment of the overdose risk and instructions on what to do next. Or, ask a friend or a family member to drive you to the hospital.

2:56 pm April 6th, 2015

Thanks (I kinda thought it was a misspelling). I’m still itching but not as much! I have some liquid stuff I’ve been applying, it relieves some of the itching, not much-Thanks anyway

8:29 am April 7th, 2015

I have been using Benadryl as a sleep aid for about 6-8 years. More recently I have developed an odd sense of unnecessary nervousness, odd dreams, and forgetfulness of simple things. I am into my first not of using nothing to help me sleep and I am irritable and restless. I don’t know whether I’m dependent on Bendaryl, or if I just need to relax.

10:45 pm April 8th, 2015

Hello, ive been taking benedryl for my allergies all my life , when i was younger i would take the liquid form of it. As of now i take 3-4 a day usually at night its the only way i can sleep. If i dont take it ill be up all night.

9:53 am April 9th, 2015

I want to start off by saying I’ve never used an illegal drug, never even smoked pot. I just thought my friends who did it acted like idiots. But five years ago I was diagnosed with severe chronic migraines and rheumatoid arthritis. I’m in pain all the time. Before that the craziest I got was a couple tylenol pm and a wine cooler to help me sleep. I’ve been hospitalized more times than I can count. Last year I had around 40 visits to the ER and usually I was admitted for a couple days. Most of the time is was for migraines that had lasted for days without breaking and being unable to keep medication down. For a long time the standard treatment was IV dilaudid and benadryl. I have an incredibly high tolerance for some reason, they can give me 2 mg of Dilaudid and 50 mg of benadryl and I’ll feel high for maybe 10 minutes and then it wears off and I’m totally normal. I can’t take the regular triptan migraine meds because a few years ago I was prescribed a bad mix of meds and I had seratonin syndrome. I don’t really remember it but apparently it was really bad and it can kill you. At my worst the only thing that helps the pain is dilaudid and benadryl. Dilaudid alone gives me some relief but wears off quickly. They discovered if they gave it to me with benadryl it was much more effective. About a year ago it somehow occurred to me that I could inject benadryl myself. I would get the capsule kind, break them apart and dissolve the powder in water or saline. My veins are impossible to find even for experienced nurses so I never tried to inject it at home. But if I was in the hospital and had an iv started I would inject up to 100 mg dissolved benadryl into my iv line. It gave me the same nice warm feeling that I would get from the regular iv kind and I wouldn’t have to wait six hours between doses. Because I had such a high tolerance I could inject it every couple hours without any issue. Because of my high tolerance my doctors and nurses never noticed anything strange because the high would be gone so quickly. Even if I did seem a little out of it they were prescribing meds for my migraines so it was to be expected. The worst side effect was just my mouth getting really dried out. If I overdid it during my few days in the hospital it would mess up my taste buds and it would feel like I had severely burned my tongue and I ciuldbt taste much for a couple weeks. The other thing I sometimes noticed is feeling like some of the powder hadn’t dissolved and that I would start coughing like I had actually breathed it in. I’ve never told anyone so I think mostly I just wanted to get it off my chest. But I’d also like to know if anyone has any experience with this or know what the long term effects could be. I’m not really doing it just to get high like recreationally but because I have this severe head pain that I’m desperate to get rid of. I know that’s not an excuse but it’s just how it is.

12:29 am April 13th, 2015

I started taking benedryl for an allergies last year and did not stop i am addicted now my heart is beating a lot i really want to stop i can if i don’t take benedryl i cannot sleep please help

8:36 am April 13th, 2015

I have been addicted to benedryl for 3 years. Each year got worse. Started with 12 cap-cells/tabs and up to 20 then 40 25mg a day. I have withdrawal so bad it has made me suicidal and angry and explosive and depressed. I need to taper off of IT. A.S.A.P Please any one helP>>>????

10:17 pm April 13th, 2015

I have a problem. I have been taking benadryl for a while now and its like I have to have it. Can’t sleep without it and I’m in a bad mood when taking them. I take one or two a day, even if I am tired.

11:42 am April 14th, 2015

what dosage do you use?

2:52 pm April 14th, 2015

I have been taking Sominex (50mg) every night for 10 years and stopped cold turkey four days ago. I am experiencing some side effects, fatigue being the worst of it. I’m sure this is causing a chemical imbalance, so are there any supplements that would counter this reaction?

11:23 pm April 14th, 2015

Does any one know how to get better with the amount of B i take every day.? Doctors and treatment centers don’t have this type of treatment FOR BENEDRYL.

7:47 pm April 15th, 2015

I take Benadryl only 50 mg 4 times a day for couple years. I take it because I have allergy like symptoms. My doc wants me off believes it is harming my brain. She doesn’t believe in dependence or addiction. I try tapering and when to only 100 mg a day my emotions and allergy symptoms go crazy. I need help to stop without all the symptoms. When I upped my dose again it things worse. No one around here believes it can happen. How can I get help?

10:14 am April 16th, 2015

Hi Shari. You can try tapering Benadryl doses slowly and gradually. You would be taking each lowered dose for a week or two to give your organism the time to adjust to the lower dose, before you cut it down again. If you experience withdrawal symptoms, you can go to the pharmacy and buy general over-the-counter medicines that treat those particular symptoms. I believe this way you will feel a lot less withdrawal discomfort and stress, plus you increase your chances of successfully stopping Benedryl.

12:06 am April 16th, 2015

Welcome to the club dirk! its a rare thing

12:32 pm April 23rd, 2015

I’ve been taking multiple allergy medications for about 15 years. Some didn’t work, some would. When I found one that would actually help with my allergies, I was taking the correct dosage per day til my body built a tolerance. I started back taking Benadryl a few years ago and within the past 6 months, I’ve gradually up’d the amount tablets I’d take. I used to smoke marijuana 24/7. Recently got into some trouble and now I’m on color code and can’t smoke and gave a safe list of medications I’m allowed to take while on color code. Ever since I’ve been on it, I’ve ran to Benadryl for my allergies, but also for a high. I have an addictive personality(which I absolutely hate). I’m taking between 10-15 of them at least 3 sometimes 4 times a day. So roughly 60 of them a day. Sometimes, I catch myself digging in the medicine cabinet looking for a bottle or in my bathroom or purse. I have bottles everywhere of them. I don’t know how to kick this habit/addiction. I never thought Benadryl could be addictive. If I go just a day without any, I’m fidgity, itchy, irritable and restless. Someone PLEASE tell me how I can kick this addiction?! The first step to addiction is admitting you have a problem….well I admit it. 🙁

9:04 am April 26th, 2015

No offense but did you tell him to call poison control for taking 5 benadryl tablets?? Geez I need a break from the internet.

11:42 am April 28th, 2015

Hey mizz! Consider emailing me sometime. You are not alone but its very uncommon. I have similar problems as you. not many have that extreme dosage. I know 2 other people I email that have this problem. We exchanged many conversation and Id be glad to re-send them to you and share dosage changes and create new emails ect.

6:26 pm May 1st, 2015

I was taking Benadryl for about 6 months – 75 to 100 mg daily for itchy skin allergy. Never took more than 100 mg in a day, one 25 mg tablet every five hours or so. I stopped taking them when the allergy subsided. I went through nausea, vertigo, headache general flu like symptoms for over a week. Felt like absolute CR*P. Didn’t sleep well either. After 2 weeks of no benadryl I’m feeling pretty good and I make sure I get enough exercise during the day to sleep well at night. I wrote this comment to show you can become dependent on a very small amount of this drug (which is a shame because it really stops the itching).

5:06 am May 4th, 2015

I take benadryl every night to sleep usually 8-10 25mg tabs for about a year. I look forward to taking it everynight which i think is a problem. I never take it during the daybecause i run 2 business. Also does benadryl affect urination frequency and can that lead to long term damages to reproductive system.

10:23 pm May 4th, 2015

I have been taking 25 to 50 mg of Benadryl almost every night to fall asleep for the last 5 years. I’ve never developed a tolerance for it and have never taken more than 50 mg. Is that weird?

2:03 am May 6th, 2015

I’ve been taking only 25 mg of Benadryl at bedtime daily for 5 year for sleeping aid and does help, is that harmful?

8:22 am May 7th, 2015

Hello, Everyone.


I have posted before on the reasons I started taking this Benadryl medicine. I was a victim of the Colorado floods in 2013 and have had many many issues in my life where I thought suicide was the best option.

A year ago I was taking Benadryl like candy, along with taking it with many many other sleeping pills, to not only numb my pain, but also to numb the intense hurt and pain and lonelyness, I was and still am going through.

I was taking EVERYDAY about 500-600mg for about 2 years. I had many physical effects that were bad, but at the time I didn’t care.

My doctor’s had never heard of Benadryl addiction and so they said I should slowly taper over a week or two. That didn’t help and made things worse. I couldn’t believe doctors didn’t know what to do.

So I thought the hell with them and continued my addiction, with it causing physical and emotional turmoil, but I didn’t care and I wanted to die, for reasons that still go to this day. BUT, I know life is worth living.

So, I decided I needed to get off this damn OTC sleep aid after 2 years of being on it and the way I have withdrawn from it has been VERY HELPFUL, BUT IT ALSO REQUIRED ENORMOUS amount of self-determination even when I wanted to say, “the hell with tapering down”.


So what I did was a few days after New Year’s Day, I was at a very high level of Benadryl intake, so the way I reduced my intake was to for example. Say, I am on a total of 1000mg total–JUST AN EXAMPLE-I WAS AROUND 650-750MG I THINK, to all of a sudden to taper quickly was very hard on my body, so I said to myself the hell with the doctors.

So what I did was MONDAY THRU SATURDAY NIGHT, I would take my current Benadryl strength of say 725mg and TAKE THAT EVERY NIGHT EXCEPT come Sunday night I would lower it 25mg, from 725mg to 700mg and take 700mg EVERY NIGHT FROM MONDAY NIGHT THRU SATURDAY NIGHT AND THEN LOWER ANOTHER 25MG ON SUNDAY NIGHT AND SO ON AND SO ON.

Every Sunday night I would drop 25mg, but I made sure to wake up very early on Sunday morning and make my day busy by going to church and doing this and that, so that at the end of the day on Sunday night I would be dead tired and could go down another 25mg.

Well, fast forward to May 7,2015 and I am down to 75mg and come Saturday-May 23rd, after 2 years of very high usage. I will be off the meds entirely.

This may or maynot work for you and will require discipline and motivation, it work for me and now my mind is clear and my heart has stopped racing.

I do currently still feel very alone in my life. I am 42 years old and never married and no friends, so doing this tapering WAS TOUGH, but it might work for you.

If you have any questions please follow up, I do watch this forum closely.

After 2 years of very high use and 1 ER hospital visit because of these damn meds, come May 23rd I will be off.

The doctors of mine are using this model of tapering for any other of their patients that might experience this problem as we all have here on this addiction board.


MY TAPERING schedule worked and my doctors are using and spreading the word, since to hear of us becoming addicted to Benadryl, my doctors initially thought I was nuts and that couldn’t happen, well they were wrong.

God Bless,


3:39 am May 20th, 2015

i’m kind of worried i might be addicted to benadryl. i started taking 2 tabs a night as prescribed, about 2 years ago, to help me fall asleep at night because i couldn’t fall asleep. after taking them for so long, whenever i try not to take them, i just can’t sleep at all and feel desperate and like i can’t sleep without them. so i have to take them again. even if i try not to, i can’t. is this an actual problem? and what can i do to stop it? also, can taking benadryl for a long time have bad side effects (health-wise) ? i just want to be able to sleep without taking benadryl again. i’m scared i might have a problem.

4:58 am May 21st, 2015

Mellisa can you better explain WHY you took this drug? was it for sleep

5:17 am May 21st, 2015

It angers me seeing these “i take 1 pill” or “i tak 2 pills” do i have an addiction comments. Not be rude but I am on nearly a thousand milligrams a night and I have 2 friends: one takes less than me 600ish per night and the other takes more then 1,500 mg per night.

I used to take 2 pills all the time and i could stop anytime i needed. That was before my “addiction” but now I have a serious addiction after idiotically abusing diphenhydramine. Now i cannot have a normal day or night off diph without having some pretty serious issues related to my addiction some of the withdrawal symptoms are even scary.

And on the dose I take it does not numb me it makes everything including all feelings very intense. And Its really hard to think about the past and just any bad memories in my life while im on diph. If i am depressed, then i feel so in a very intense way. If im in a good mood than i enjoy the little things in an intense way.

And the disphoria also really increases the depression. Because when you feel disphoric you think of sad thoughts mostly. Its ironic but another withdrawal symptom happens during the following 24-48 hours off: I become very tired to the point i cannot sit down and watch a movie without nodding off. Its very uncontrollable like my brain is forcing me to instantly nearly pass out in starvation for sleep I do not need. Even though I did sleep, as soon as I take diph again I wakeup feeling fine and I feel rested and alert easily going through the day.

1:37 am May 23rd, 2015

Recently weaned myself off of Benadryl (50 mg daily for approximately 4-5 years). I now experience horrible itching, from my feet to my head! Terrible, annoying. My Doctor (newly graduated) suggested I take Claritin. . I’m afraid, to take-how will I get off of Claritin? Doesn’t make sense, but in the meantime suffering from horrible itching! Thank you. Please help Is there anything I can take or should I wait it out? Will this stop?. (Btw- tried anti-itch lotion, no help).

10:03 am June 3rd, 2015

I took Benadryl for allergies for a few weeks and recently ran out. I don’t feel any addiction affects but have been getting nauseating headaches every day that I haven’t taken it. Is that withdrawal?

5:31 pm July 13th, 2015

I’m an addict. I’ve been addicted to cocaine, alcohol and cigarettes. I quit them all with help from a 12 Step program. I started taking Benadryl a couple years ago – and started taking more than prescribed. I’m hooked. And I need to stop. And I need outside help. I just can’t seem to muster up the willpower to stop. I want to quit, but I don’t quit. I know life is better free from a Benadryl habit. I’ll talk to my doctor. I really feel uncomfortable and have problems sleeping. But the way I’ve started taking Benadryl is not helping. Nobody knows about this problem I have. Nobody but me and my Maker.

5:23 pm July 26th, 2015

I have been addicted to Benadryl for 20 years, starting at age 16. Over the years, when I wasn’t in the hospital for self-injury, my tolerance went up until 3 years ago I was taking a bottle of 200 pills over a few hours, a few times a week. I did end up in the ER a few times but not most of the time. A doctor once called my mother and told her he wasn’t sure if I’d wake up. Then I spent a year in a locked facility because my self injury was extremely dangerous. Immediately upon discharge, the same night actually, I started taking Benadryl again. Since then the most i took was 60 pills. For a while I took 48 at most. I stopped for a couple of months and now I am using it again but I stop often enough to keep my tolerance down so my current dose is 12 pills or so. When I take it for a few days in a row and then try to stop, I cannot stay awake for more than an hour and feel extremely sick. So I am now going to try weaning off to hopefully avoid that. I hope it works. I wonder if those of us with severe addictions to Benadryl might want to think about some sort of lawsuit?

7:53 pm July 28th, 2015

I was taking 10 1/2 25 mg Benadryl tablets a day. Not to get high but because I was swelling and was afraid of an anaphalatic reaction. The allergist tricked me and took me off them cold turkey. Now my memory is horrible, my emotions are a mess, and trying to take them again does not work. is there any help for me?

Amanda c
6:16 am August 5th, 2015

I have a major! problem I have been taking up to 2500 mg a day resulting in seizures ,inability to walk,hallucinations, etc. this is ruining my life and relationships. yet I keep doin it. someone plz help me.oh and I believe it’s shutting down my kidneys I just spent five days in hospital

2:41 pm August 5th, 2015

Hi Amanda. Clearly you have been discharged from the hospital too early or you need to find a rehab center that will help you safely quit Benadryl and restore your health. You can contact our trusted treatment providers on the helpline number displayed on our page and find a suitable program that will meet your needs.

2:46 pm August 5th, 2015

2500? thats not convincing me.

9:15 pm August 13th, 2015

Omg. I’m so happy that I’ve found this blog. I’m also suffering from long term effects of diphenhydramine. I told my doctor that I think all of my symptoms are related to the 10 yrs I had been taking the medicine but my doctor disagrees with me

4:40 am August 14th, 2015

Interested in getting more information on becoming dependent on this drug. I have a family member who passed away and I’m having difficulty getting help with this.

7:24 am August 17th, 2015

I took benadryl for about a month straight because i kept breaking out in hives and i thought it was an alergic reaction but i stop getting hives so i haven’t took any benadryl and i cant stop throwing up.

12:13 am August 26th, 2015

I have a niece who gives her two year old benedryl to put him to sleep 2ti 3 times a day! Could this child be addicted to it and what would the effects of the withdrawal be! I have him 3 or 4 days every other week! He gets direahbalsobhesvtwo years old and is still unable to talk!

12:09 pm August 27th, 2015

Hello Linda. Your niece should stop giving the baby Benadryl right away. Please have her see a paediatrician that will determine the best course of treatment for the baby. I also believe the symptoms he gets when you have him for a few days are signs of withdrawal.

12:23 am August 28th, 2015

You should be speaking to the Neice! something is wrong with her big time. But if Im not mistaken, she wasnt the only one on diph during that comment, Linda!

“direahbalsobhesvtwo” lol.

9:33 am August 29th, 2015

I’ve been taking it for the euphoria since 9th grade and I can’t seem to quit. Getting clean is fairly easy, but getting back on that euphoric crap is even easier.

1:39 am August 30th, 2015

I took Benadryl for 3 weeks for poison oak itching. When I stopped I got really sick. Nausaus dizziness etc. could this be withdrawal?

4:16 am September 6th, 2015

hello addiction blog! I have been posting periodically for 1.5yrs; on my recovery from possible brain damage. If you are reading this message just scroll through the posts and look for my name; I went into detail, on my reactions symptoms, and “possible” brain damage, which is an in-depth “detail” of my “recovery” chronologically. I will make this very brief: Abused benadryl for three months straight, anywhere from 600mg-to possibly 1 gram a day: came off- became “dissociative” cognitively; thought I was brain damaged, and would never recover; skin would burn, couldn’t hold down food, felt “feverish”, was blind, surface areas had gas fumes above them, could NOT look at anything spacial e.g I could not count the rungs on a latter; could not see through a “spacial” object…my BRAIN would not register it! short term memory was “dull”, acute dementia….THE LIST GOES ON…for almost a year EVERYDAY! well…..I’m back in school! and doing very well; in fact I got accepted into the “fall” 2016 Nursing Program at my school (ADN,RN). In a nutshell…with my “brain damage” I had no problems in A&P, descriptive chem, micro biology and algebra (pre-nursing students know what I mean :)…..ANY HOW! did I make a FULL RECOVERY…NO, actually I still get “cluster headaches” and hear auditory hallucination’s at night “before” I fall asleep. YOU WILL HEAL FROM BENADRYL, IT TOOK ME over a YEAR and a HALF (1.6yrs) YOU WILL RECOVER!!!! THIS IS THE LAST POST I AM MAKING…..HANG IN THERE IT’S HELL!

10:35 am September 7th, 2015

Thank you for all your posts and encouragements, Nathan, and for sharing your journey here where it can inspire others. I’m very glad for your accomplishments and I congratulate you on getting accepted in the nursing program. I wish you many more successes on your road ahead!

3:58 pm September 11th, 2015

Initially had scabies and was using for anti itch purposes. I noticed the good sleep and have used it as an aid. But here it is 10 am and I want another one?!?!

9:08 pm September 29th, 2015

Hello my little brother (19) has been abusing benedryl on and off for months now he takes 30+ pills at a time. I seen him today (day after using) he had extremely bad tremors and he couldn’t talk properly. I’m afraid he’s going to or already has done some serious damage. I need to know what I can do to help. Thanks, Sara

3:47 pm October 9th, 2015

Hi Sara. He needs to stop his Benadryl abuse and you can support him through the process. His doctor can suggest a treatment process and a tapering schedule to help him come off without experiencing major withdrawal symptoms. If he continues to abuse the medication, he will need a more comprehensive and structured treatment program.

6:13 am October 2nd, 2015

Can I become sterile from drinking too much benadryl? And by saying “too much” I mean by drinking it maybe once a week to helping me sleep.

4:15 am October 4th, 2015

I was told by my doctor to take benadryl every night,some nights I try to go to sleep without it,but feel like my throat is closing and like I can’t breathe,so I take the benadryl and immediately feel better and am able to sleep. I think I may be dependent on it

2:12 am October 5th, 2015

Has anyone experienced any hallucinations from benadryl? I have been taking 200mg before bed for a couple years and now all of a sudden I get these nightly “visits” and some visions during the day but I can’t sleep without it

5:26 am October 7th, 2015

I can’t sleep at night and I’m up until 5am when I take benadryl I take at least 3 pills all at the same time bc within 20 minutes my body feels like I’m going under anesthesia my speech is slurred my vision is wave and then I go to bed, it helps me sleep is there any other types of meds over the counter that will have the same affect like forcing my body to sleep but without being harmful?

9:00 am October 16th, 2015

Hi I have been taking bena with alcohol to make me sleep for 4 years everyday. It felt great at that time being high and just drop off to sleep. After awhile it makes you feel tired. Everyday I will get terrible headache and i will pop 8-10 tablets of panadol which doesn’t help after sometime. I was afraid to stop incase I cant sleep cause I have to wake up real early for work. It took me awhile to totally stop both of them and yes i have itch all over my body but its worth the stop. Being dependant on substances makes you feel quilty, weak and its such a waste of money. After I stop I feel great and proud of myself. Now the next is ciggy.

9:42 am October 16th, 2015

do u drink caffiene?

5:43 pm October 26th, 2015

I take about 6 pills a day a few hours before bed. Have been for about a year or more. At first it was more. I think the most I’ve ever taken was about 14. Now I dont think I would be able to handle that.
Im just curious what kind of long term effects could this have on me. I already feel like Im losing memory and can’t carry on a conversation. Is this caused from benadryl?

6:55 am October 27th, 2015

Hey there. My girlfriend takes at least 25mg EVERY night. Most nights it’ll be 50. I know it’s not much but she definitely depends on it and can’t go a night without it. Does she have a problem?

5:05 am October 30th, 2015

If I may, let me quickly describe some of the numerous harmful side effects I have experienced.

The “high” it gives you deserves it’s own article as do the hallucinations which can be mild or extremely vivid and even terrifying. They can be compared to being in a dream while being fully awake.

Do not take benadryl. I have experienced inflammation throughout my body especially in my sinuses. It also causes me to clench and unclench my jaw along with other muscles around my body especially if I am trying to surf the internet or play video games.

On the other hand it can relax your muscles, but not in a desirable way. Once a muscle tenses you may not be able to untense it and some cramping is common. It can produce restless leg syndrome or something similar to it.

On top of this you may experience substantial shivering even if the heat is on requiring you to bundle up. Fidgeting however will continue.

On top of this it dries out your body. It will dry your mouth completely as well as dry your internal organs. This will make your mouth and organs susceptible to bacterial growth. You will also be extremely thirsty, but you will urinate far more than is normal. This means that your body has to produce extra “urea” which can cause a sodium deficiency.

Your appetite will be suppressed totally, but may come roaring back as the benadryl initially wears off.

The more you take over a longer period of time, the longer your body is trying to process the diphenhydramibe which prolongs all the side effects and they slowly compound on eachother.

Eating and drinking can actually become quite difficult as your mouth is dried and I find almost impossible to swallow without also swallowing a large quantity of air. Unfortunately benadryl suppressed your urge to vomit which actually makes it a little harder to burp. This causes bloating, swelling, and some pain.

Oversleeping is common if you are already sleep deprived and getting out of bed is very difficult. You may feel tired off and on throughout the day no matter how much sleep you got. This is only if you take a large amount. Unfortunately it is very difficult to fall asleep at all on large enough doses.

All of these things disappear almost completely once you are sober. I personally have not experienced much in withdrawal. Most of the withdrawal will simply be your body systems and organs coming back online and trying to repair whatever damage you or the benadryl has done. If you are feeling withdrawal, the worst thing you can do is take more benadryl.

I strongly discourage you to take even one more pill and under no circumstances should you ever take benadryl again or any drug like it if you have ever abused it before. Unfortunately there are many drugs similar to diphenhydramibe that can be purchases in the cold and flu and sleep aid sections.

It also important to remember that “Dramamine” is actually a mixture of “Diphenhydramine” and a stimulant. This is because benadryl has strong nausea reducing qualities, but of course can make you very drowsy.

5:15 am October 30th, 2015

Benadryl may also induce panic attacks.
This is linked to the worst side effect of all, even worse than the hallucinations, the effect benadryl has on your heart. I do not know if this is directly caused by “diphenhydramine” or a result of abusing it.
You may experience tachycardia or think you have tachycardia. Your heart will race and the only thing that will bring your heart rate down will be time. It may appear to slow down only to speed up in a split second. This can be extremely frightening and you should not be afraid to call an ambulance.

The best thing to do is pace and remember to breath. Do not check your pulse unless you want to frighten yourself. With time your heart will return to its normal rhythm.

Much like being drunk, only as your body processes the benadryl will it release its grip on you.

5:27 am October 30th, 2015

If I may, allow me to cover the hallucinations that benadryl can and will produce. As you abuse benadryl hallucinations may disappear entirely. Until then you may experience auditory and visual hallucinations. You may hear voices played in your ears like a record player. The only way you will be able to tell the difference between a real voice and these hallucinations will be if the person you just heard speaking is not currently in the same house as you. The auditory hallucinations are completely identical to hearing the real thing. You may also hear voices saying your name or banging noises. In general you could hear anything. Visually you may see a strange film over every surface that looks like a writhing invisible or see thru surface. Shapes and patterns may emerge in this surface or it may appear to be translucent bugs. You may also see smoke or strands that look like silk. Hallucinating that you are smoking a cigarette and literally holding it in your hand is common. It is also common to think you have picked up your phone until you blink and your hand is empty or you may reach for it only to see it disappear and realize you had put it down on the other side of the table. You may also hallucinate people especially family or friends entering and exiting your room. It is possible to have a conversation with these phantoms but only if for some reason you believe they are actually there. Once you remember that they have moved away or would not just randomly arrive at your house and enter it they will disappear. Seeing bugs or small animals is also common. It is possible to make a hallucination go away by swatting it or simply turning all the lights on. However some hallucinations will dodge your hand and then will remain. You can shut your eyes at this point. With your eyes closed you may see faces or scenes in the darkness. You may begin to dream without actually falling asleep. You may see lines upon lines that often appear in a zig zag pattern and can be of any color. With your eyes open it is also common to see bright flashes of light especially from actual lights will suddenly appear to flare up like a camera flash. Hallucinations will most commonly appear in your peripheral vision and some will go away if you look directly at them but others will remain. These hallucinations again are often indistinguishable from real objects or persons and can be extremely frightening.

5:35 am October 30th, 2015

It is important to note that if you are hallucinating fully that you will find it difficult to talk and impossible to carry on a conversation. The conversations you do have and the things you do say will be largely incoherent. If you put something down you will forget where you put it as soon as a minute or less. You will want to say something and forget what you were saying after the first couple of words. It is extremely disorientating and this is very dangerous. You may get up to go to the bathroom and think you have entered your kitchen suddenly. If you are hallucinating you are in a different place it will seem completely real until you try to grab something and it disappears. You may suddenly think you are at work or school or even think you are driving until you remember you are laying in bed or sitting on your couch. This is not as dangerous as it could be but you may stagger around your house and you could fall or even get lost should you exit your house. This is known as a “delirium” and it is very dangerous. You may think real people are someone else or are not really there. Again, it will be almost impossible to tell for instance if you are in fact talking to your friend or if in fact he has exited the room and you are hallucinating even if you know for a fact that he was with you when you swallowed the pills. It is possible to find stories of people having very convincing hallucinations doing strange things in full blown deliriums. Many stories like this on the internet are in fact fiction, but some are real. For instance, thinking your floor is covered in spiders and placing a jar over each one then discovering your floor is covered in jars when you step on one. Do not take benadryl to experience hallucinations period as you may become a danger to yourself and others.

6:45 pm October 30th, 2015

Apart from hallucinations, benadryl will also affect the quality of your vision. If you have taken enough, It will make text impossible to read and your eyes will have tremendous difficulty focusing. This effect does persist into a day after you have been abusing benadryl. The more you take, the longer and more pronounced will be your impaired vision. Rest assured that your vision will return back to normal with 24 hours, maybe a little more, maybe a little less. I believe if may dry out your eye balls and seems to have some affect on the inner workings of the eye. You may notice thst the muscles that focus and control the movements of your eyes have become very tired and if you relax them your eyes may cross on their own because of this fatigue. If you wear contacts, you should remove them soon after taking benadryl for up to a day if you have taken a lot or continue to “dose”. The contact may shrink and dry out on top of your eye ball. You should sleep in your contacts under no circumstances. Doing this repeatedly will take its toll on your vision, but it only means it will take that much longer to recover so do not be afraid and stop as soon as you can and show restraint.

Marnie P
12:24 pm November 3rd, 2015

I need help. I’ve had allergies since I was a little kid and ever since I can remember, my mother was giving me allergy meds. I was very young but I remember it was a liquid version of Claritin and it was not non-drowsy. Sadly, my mother abused this and gave it to me every night and even during the day when II was too much for her to handle. As a child, of course I did not know she was doing this to make me calm down. This continued into my teen years. I am 24 years old now and because of her constantly making me take allergy pills, I have become addicted to them. Once I became a teenager I tried to stop but couldn’t and with the stress of being a teenager with high school and so on, I never saw it as addiction. I realize it now and I want to stop. My problem is that without Benadryl, I cannot sleep. I have tried to not take the pills and I have literally stayed awake for almost three days. Needless to say I was miserable those three days and eventually fell asleep out of pure exhaustion. The next day, I feared the same thing would happen again once it hit around 2AM and I was wide awake, so I gave into the addiction and took my usual 2 allergy pills. I hate it. Benadryl does not have any side effects on me or my body except the sleeplessness without it. I hate that I can’t sleep without those stupid pink pills. I have been addicted my whole life to no fault of own. I hate that my mother did this to me. I want to stop. Please help me. I just want to sleep like a normal person and have a normal sleeping schedule. I am currently writing this at 5AM because I haven’t taken my benadryl yet. I wish I could afford a treatment center. I don’t even have a family doctor, I can’t afford it and a college student like me doesn’t qualify for health insurance. That’s America for you.

4:08 am November 8th, 2015

I am taking Benadryl for the itching caused by bed bugs. It does help and I have been taking it for the last three weeks or so. Lately I am taking 3 of the 25 mg. tablet. On Monday whch is in two days they are coming to fumigate my apartment and I am planning on stoping taking Benadryl abruptly. Am I going to have any withdrawal?

1:21 am November 14th, 2015

I wouldn’t think you will have any withdrawal except if you have any bites they will itch, but you can put a cortisone or cream on them. Some creams (allergy creams) actually have diphenhydramine (benadryl) in them so avoid those. You probably will experience a desire to take some and you may lie awake for a night or two. Do not take a single pill. If you give in it won’t be the end of the world as you can still quit but should the desire to take them rise again it will be that much harder NOT to give in.

5:43 pm November 17th, 2015

What the heck^ I stopped getting email alerts for new comments apparently. I got a lot to read over now..

5:45 pm November 17th, 2015

And nathan, trust me I get much worse withdrawal symptoms then that! How many do you take?

10:48 am November 19th, 2015

I am addicted to Benadryl I use it as an anti depressant and for me to sleep. What substitutes can you suggest and what are the side effects

1:24 pm November 21st, 2015

I suspect that the nightly doses of diphenhydramine that I’ve relied on the past five years have caused my weight to explode. Ten years ago, and for decades before, I was seriously obese. My weight fluctuated from 300 pounds (when I was trying to be good) to 360 pounds (when I’d go out of control). Thanks to a food addiction support group I got my weight down to 180 pounds and kept it there. I weigh and measure all of my food before eating it and completely abstain from any food with sugar (of any kind) and flour. I was happy and in good health except for my long-term sleeping problems. About five years ago I began taking 50 mg. of diphenhydramine every night before going to bed. It worked like magic. The 2-4 hours of sleep that I’d been getting turned to a restful 6-8 hours every night. When the weight gain started I looked at the things that anyone would look at – diet and exercise. Nothing seemed to work. I’ve gained 80 pounds! I’ve gone from 180 to 260. In a year, if I do nothing, I’ll be back into the 300’s. After years of doctor consultations and even consulting new age healers my weight is like a run-away train. Only in the past week did I begin to suspect that it might be the diphenhydramine that I’ve relied on that’s at fault. My game-plan is to find a sleep specialist to see if there’s an alternative to help me sleep and then withdrawal from my reliance on diphenhydramine. Has anyone else had this kind of mysterious weight gain?

9:12 am November 22nd, 2015

wow had no idea you can get addicted to benadryl until i saw this site. I’m not sure if im addicted?but ive been taking benadryl on and off for years. Lately i’ve been taking benadryl for almost everynight for 3 months.I usually take 3 pills the most is 4. I take it to sleep but i notced that taking 3/4 pills stops working.
the next day i usually wake up sleepy sometimes irritated i’ve been having stomach problems but i dont know its cause of the benadryl. I used to take advil PM but now i only take benadryl.
would i be considered addicted to benadryl ?

12:32 pm November 23rd, 2015

dose what amount do u take

12:35 pm November 23rd, 2015

substitute for what? for prozac? or the diph

5:32 pm November 23rd, 2015

3 pills? …………….. -_-

3:17 am November 24th, 2015

@theover3yearaddict- Of the diphenhydramine my doctor prescribes which are 50mg ill take about 3-4 pills a night. the most i have taken is 5 pills.

2:15 pm November 24th, 2015

if u take for allergies ? then id expect withdrawal possibly at that dose.

7:27 am November 25th, 2015

I have been taking 2 Benadryl before going to bed for about 3 years. If I don’t take them, I stay awake and am convinced it’s because I have not taken the Benadryl. I believe I am addicted to the medication. Advice?

2:06 pm November 25th, 2015

wouldnt worry at all

2:56 am December 5th, 2015

I am starting Selincro and cannot sleep.
Is it dangerous to take benadryl while I get through the first two weeks of insomnia?

3:29 am December 6th, 2015

I think I am seriously addicted to Benadryl and I would really appreciate it if you can help me. Thank you.

4:13 am December 7th, 2015

All i want to know is can my friend take these 2 benedryl allergy better known as diphenhydramine hci 25mg ok to take??? Please simple reply.

2:29 pm December 7th, 2015

Yes. Absolutely. In-fact, 100mg is the recommended amount in certain countries. You probably get tired just dont go out anywhere or drive. And sleep is very possible! he may fall asleep.

2:32 pm December 7th, 2015

No tolerance mean 50mg for sleep, 25mg for allergies. If you have no tolerance that is the recommended dose in the US. Not sure what your intentions are?

6:11 pm December 8th, 2015

Ihave taken benadryl for a long time. Not sure how long just a long time. Taking it for allergies two to three twice a day and up to anywhere to five to eight twice a day. Liked it cuz it helped me sleep. I am bipolar and was having mood swings and was told it could be the benadryl causing them. I was asked about trying Zyrtec. So I’ve been off the benadryl three days now and on Zyrtec. Yesterday when my significant other and I was out for a ride I suddenly felt queasy a little dizzy and he said I looked red in the face or flushed and really tired. I felt hot and when I got home I got undressed into bed turned the fan on and put a cold pac on the back of my neck. I got chilly but felt better. Last night my eyes felt funny and today I have a bit of a headache above my left eye. I did eat some sweets. This is scary.

2:51 am December 10th, 2015

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Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:28 am December 10th, 2015

Thanks for the kind words, Norm. We really appreciate your comment. Have a nice day!

11:18 am December 12th, 2015

Great! welcome here

5:23 am December 13th, 2015

I was using Xanax for 15+years and quit cold turkey I don’t recommend any one stop any drug this way I had a back injury and was using morephine as my back healed I tapered it off over a period of 30 days you can do it with any medication tapering is the safer way to go

9:44 am December 13th, 2015

So i suffer from Anxiety i qas reading some of the post here as i put this message im havin Anxiety i already took Benadryl three of them but it made it worse does anyone know of another way or Natural way to calm you down i just dont know what to do anymore sometimes i have to drive myself to the emergency room because i can’t control it. And its been more frequently so my head feels funny at the moment. Any suggestions. Thank you

3:15 pm December 14th, 2015

Very confused Eric. What do you mean clearly

12:43 am December 15th, 2015

Benadryl doesn’t help anxiety

7:30 pm December 20th, 2015

I feel I definitely have a benadryl physical dependency. I need it to sleep. I got up to taking 6 a night. I have been taking it for years….I have now tapered down to 3 a night but am having problems sleeping. I have tried all natural remedies, bought a brand new bed, try doing sleepy time tea, etc. I need to stop but when I do I can’t sleep. I need suggestions/advice.

12:09 pm January 2nd, 2016

I have quit using Benadryl. I was using it for years at doses of around 800mg a night (16 of the 50mg pills). I suffered from insomnia the first week or so after I stopped taking it, but now, I’ve started to experience sleep paralysis along with it. I’m not exactly sleep, but my body is frozen, and I hallucinate a lot. The first couple of times it happened, I thought I was dying. Is this a normal withdrawal symptom? How long will this last?

8:08 pm January 4th, 2016

I take Benadryl to get high on purpose and my friends point out that I get shaky and moody if I don’t take them. I notice the headaches I get if I haven’t had them and I shake.

7:44 am January 16th, 2016

I have a 32 year old daughter who lives out of state, and according to her mother, who lives with her, she’s taking Benedril tablets and OTC sleep medication like it is candy. She’s falling to sleep at red lights, while she’s putting gas in her car, and other situations where she is still for more than a few moments. Her blood pressure is sky-high, her entire body is bloated, and she is emotionally in the toilet. I’m surprised she can remember her own name, she sounds higher than a kite on the phone, and she’ constantly repeating herself. What’s wrong with my little girl? What can I do to help her?

7:45 pm January 16th, 2016

What can be done to keep avoiding overdosing on IV Benadryl? I take 9 vials before bed and 9 more if I wake up at night.

2:10 am January 20th, 2016

Well I had sleep paralysis before and during my use of diph. I am pleased to say, no matter how sober you are sleep paralysis is terrifying. I its like a burst of anxiety while “dreaming” and half awake paralyzed.

Whether or not diph makes SP worse I honestly do not know.

3:33 am January 20th, 2016

Why on earth are you IV’ing diphenhydramine? dont inject it. That simple.

7:08 am January 20th, 2016

It makes you hallucinate as well. In much much larger doses.

100-150 mg is nothing I’ve taken 30 just today. Js.

I do have a high tolerance for it

7:42 am January 20th, 2016

My child has allergies and I’d give him about 1ml of liquid benadryl a night for about a month and I just stopped yesterday and tonight he was inconsolable and irritable and couldn’t sleep until I gave him about half an ml it could be something else it just worried me because of how long I’ve been giving it to him, and I was on methadone program when he was born and he went through withdrawls so he was predisposed to addiction, should I be concerned?

1:06 pm January 20th, 2016

Mines worse! a gram most nights

1:11 pm January 20th, 2016

what time did he usually take it? . and how much in MG does his dose amount to?

8:09 am January 25th, 2016

I have taken benadryl for sleep aid. I usually take about 200mg (8 pills) and I took 600mg in 72 hrs. I don’t think I’m addicted but what can happen to my body from doing that?

3:32 pm January 26th, 2016

I have a daughter that I think is addicted to Benadryl how can I get her some help or what can I do

7:25 pm January 26th, 2016

I’ve been taking close to 500 mgs of benedryl a day for about a year, I don’t feel much from it anymore other than anxiety and mild chest pain, I realize how strange this is and its also embarrassing, I’m tired of it and want to stop I have cut back and sometimes go two or three days without it. I don’t want to die from this please tell if I stop there is at least a good chance ill be ok.

9:27 am February 1st, 2016

I first had to take benadryl a bit over 2 years ago at the end of August 2013 to get rid of an allergic reaction I had to an antibiotic. I used it exactly how I was supposed to. Then, the next summer, in June 2014, I remembered how it felt when waking up while the benadryl was still in my system and so I wanted to see what it would be like to take 3 pills. I liked it and I eventually went up to 4 and then 5. I tried to go up to 6 but back then it was still too much. Eventually I surpassed 6 and I stopped for a bit once I went up to 8 because it felt like I was going to have a heart attack and it seemed much harder to breath. I thought I would never want anything to do with Benadryl, but for some reason, I went back to it. Now I am up to 9-10 pills every single night and it’s been going on like this for almost 3 months. 225-250mg isn’t nearly as much as other people take but since I am only 5ft2 and weigh 115lbs, it effects me a lot. Benadryl has once again become the thing I look foward to all day. I constantly look at the clock to see if it’s late enough to take benadryl. I always stay awake with Benadryl because I like the feeling I get when I use it. What are the risks for using benadryl for so long?

12:20 pm February 1st, 2016

I’m worried. My bf has been taking benadryl for allergies to tomatoes and eggs which are in most everything which he doesnt deprive himself of. He also has eczema. Lately he has started abusing it. 15-20 pills at a time or more? (which he now tries to hide from me) He lies about his usage but it’s quite obvious as he has started hearing voices, seeing things that aren’t there, loosing his train of thought mid-sentence (though the conversation doesn’t make much sense anyway) obvious dry mouth, disorientation, delusion.. blank creepy wide eyed stare… he scratches constantly blaming allergies and eczema but I often wonder if the benadryl itself may be the cause of his “eczema outbreaks” I am at my wits end and have begged him to get help to no avail. I’m not sure I actually have a question here. I am just floored with no idea what to do other than leave him. I guess I am asking for help, or an ear.. anyone? I am really worried he may be doing serious long term damage. I am almost positive that is the case. Pls help!

My mom...
3:24 am February 3rd, 2016

My mom takes it every night to sleep 50 every night if possible an she has pancertices is this doing harm to her she’s n the hospital an seems like because they are only giving her 25mg like she’s going thru withdraws

Please let me know thank you

9:12 pm February 3rd, 2016

My wife takes 1 regular doses of bendryl every night for the last 7 years she is always tired and can never go to bed early is there a correlation with Benadryl ?

5:55 am February 4th, 2016

Jennifer when you say during the day do you mean that literally? when do you dose. If its any consolation, you take a lot less then me. It will take a long time but eventually you will start increasing the dosage (not indefinitely but its possible).

When do you get chest pain

6:01 am February 4th, 2016

How long has she been doing 50x? and how do you know that to be true

9:04 am February 5th, 2016

My name is Reagan. I have difficulty sleeping at night, as well as nightmares whenever I do fall asleep. For the past couple of months, I’ve been taking Benadryl to sleep. Used to, one would do the trick. Then two. Then two stopped working.. I tried to go tonight without taking one, and I haven’t, but it’s 1:02 am and I’m not tired. My head hurts, so does my abdominal area. The other night after taking a couple, I was drifting to sleep, and it felt as if I was undergoing a hallucination. I’ve underwent somewhat of a rough past and suffer from anxiety due to it, hence the nightmares and lack of ability to sleep. Addiction runs in my family, and I fear I am following in this problem. I can’t speak with my family or my doctor about this issue, which is the issue of abusing Benadryl and relying on it to sleep at night. I don’t know what to do. I need it to sleep.

10:47 am February 5th, 2016

what is your dosage ?

7:32 am February 6th, 2016

I typically take around 50 mg nightly, the recommended dose, which typically succeeds in putting me to sleep. But lately, only 50 mg isn’t working. I haven’t taken any in 24 hours. I don’t know what’s wrong with my body. I made myself throw up what I ate tonight, around 7. Tonight, my body has been shaking, alongside having a headache, and being surprisingly weak. My anxiety has been more prominent the past few days. I also have asthma. Idk what’s going on. I told myself it was just paranoia, so I tried to act as if it’s all in my head and brush these symptoms off but I don’t know what’s going on right now.

7:44 am February 6th, 2016

Will taking it stop the shaking?

5:21 am February 7th, 2016

Oddly enough, some negative effects that were concord by tolerance resurface when I stop taking it. Including micro-sleeping and inability or just hard to keep myself awake.

Did the headache follow upon waking up? or did it just randomly start. If the first, then I do know what you are talking about. Probably a dehydration headache along with the sudden change in chemistry (drug effects). I am speaking as someone who has experience but I am not a doctor.

Slightly surprised that 50mg caused such affect all I can say is if you really want to know whether you are addicted see if you are able to take the stuff on say 3 days or so out of the week and the rest of the time nothing.

If you can level out get used to that then IMO you can easily stop it all together if you want. Personally, taking it odd 2-3 days out of the week was the most effective use in my entire experience! there is always that odd couple nights where I could really use a sleep aid and it worked fine.

Either way make a decision because you arent too far down the rabbit hole, you are only taking 50mg I am confident you can stop. More you take the more you have to give up (harder) i.e. cavity slowly turns into root canal!

ANXIETY: it occurs from both taking diph and from stopping diph. Just so you know. If you use it the right way like I said in the proper setting you should get no anxiety and decent rest.

11:21 pm February 8th, 2016

For the past 6 or 7 months I’ve been using Benadryl as a sleep aid. It started innocently enough 50 to 75 mgs. per night. I should also mention I am on Suboxone 8mg twice a day and 4 mgs. Xanax daily. I also suffer from anxiety and clinical depression.
Anyway…I started taking double the amount of Benadryl as well as the Xanax…when I found myself sleeping all the time. I thought this was FANTASTIC…sleep away my depression. Unfortunately it didn’t quite turn out the way I thought it would. My hours became consumed by sleep…then I began staying up all night and going to bed before the sun came up. I say all this to say my whole life started spiraling out of control. I became angry and very easily too. I tried taking less.and weaning myself off I was almost surreal. Anyway my question is this….can you tell me how and how much to taper each day. I plan on taking man kk

4:05 am February 11th, 2016

I am terribly addicted to Benadryl.

6:38 am February 11th, 2016

If the use of OTC sleep aid is about a month, would I be able to discontinue the use and white knuckle the withdrawal symptoms? I’ve been taking b complex vitamins, St. John’s Wort and magnesium to help with my headaches and mood. I’ve quit smoking and cut back on caffiene use drastically. I either drink tea, water or sports drinks that have electrolytes. I’m almost on day 3 of no use already because I’ve developed hypnic jerks and anxiety, this made me stop altogether. So far I’ve only experienced the basic withdrawals like shivering, head aches, sharp chest pains and the panic attacks with the anxiety. They tend to come and go though and don’t stay for a long period of time. I’m still able to go to work and go about my every day life with just off and on symptoms.

7:48 am February 11th, 2016

And to give a small insight of my use, upon further thought, I’ve been using OTC sleep aids that contain this ingredient. About 2 years, maybe, I would use benadryl off and on for sleep or relaxation. I would also abuse nyquil and headache meds in this previous year without being sick in the first place. It wasn’t until I used the actual sleep aid that I had these symptoms. I’ve never suffered from panic attacks until last month. I would use marijuana, aspirin and zzzquil/equate sleep aid. Once the attacks started, I would abuse them even more and, obviously enough, it wouldn’t work. I have an addictive personality and I like to double dose because I want to be sure it’ll work. But, due to my other mental illness “Dumbass-itis” I thought I was invincible to any negative effects. As things got worse, I started to eliminate almost everything that I thought would cause panic attacks. I went from being a 1-2 pack a day smoker to vaping. I stopped smoking marijuana because I believed it was a trigger but I had a routine of taking the sleep aid before I smoked up so I could just drift off to sleep. I quit drinking sodas and coffee, And I figured that I was going to be exhausted due to sober living, the sleep aid was my only vice I could take to relax. It didn’t start to register that the sleep aid could be the problem to all of this until I was having a bad day and I dosed but I fought the sleepiness so I could feel the “high”. And as soon as I did this, it backfired, My heart went from racing to hardly noticeable. My pupils were dilated. I started to have shooting pains from my head, through my neck and down my left arm. I’ve been to the ER 3 times last month and they found zero things wrong with me. Blood tests, EKGs, they looked for tumors and blood clots and whatever else I thought I was dying from at that specific moment. So, when that happened, I ruled it out as another “panic attack”. Until I tried to finally go to sleep. My brain would literally jerk my body awake everytime I tried to fall asleep. I might have had 2 hours of sleep in total that night. And the stress of that followed me through out the rest of the day. I started to look up side effects and A LOT of them almost mirrored everything that I was feeling. Tinnitus, anxiety, frequent urination, headaches, irritability and aches and pains. And it just made me feel that much more of a dumbass cause I was pretty much adding to the problem. *BIG SIGH* Sorry for the rant…but this has opened my eyes to my own mortality in a frightening kind of way. I’ve always had depression, who doesn’t get bummed out from reality from time to time? Who doesn’t look for ways to escape from it even if it’s at the cost of your own health? Still, had I paid a little bit more attention to the things I was self medicating myself with, this could have been avoided.

4:26 pm February 11th, 2016

ah man.. GiGi part of your post really hit home for me. Its OK Tamara, just try to stay on topic

@Fasil what is your dosage

4:28 pm February 11th, 2016

You do not know if you will get withdrawals.So i wouldnt worry about it!

3:23 am February 12th, 2016

Friend of mine was taking benedryl for about 15years. She would take 4/5 pills at once every few hours . About 5 times a day. She recently stop taking them quitting cold turkey she’s going through withdrawal symptoms like constantly throwing up she lost about 15 pounds and looks very ill she’s refusing to get help. This is going on for a little bit over one week my question is how danger is for her to do this on her own .

11:21 am February 12th, 2016

She takes 4-5 pills at once, correct? never heard of such reaction to stopping. Why did she start taking them? was it for motion sickness

5:08 pm February 12th, 2016

I’m on day 4 of withdrawal. I was hoping to see if anyone would have helped me understand the withdrawal process and the mental exhaustion that comes with it. I’m doing it cold turkey from using 50mg a almost nightly for a few months. So, far I’ve either been looked over or not given any real answers. I suppose I’m doing this alone and will have to rely on the assumption that it’ll just clear up on it’s own. Thanks for at least the bleak answer that it’s “ok”. The only thing I’m worried about is the depression but I’m almost in the clear anyways.

2:14 pm February 13th, 2016

Id be happy to talk maybe via email! I probably have similar things for yours

11:06 am February 14th, 2016

I remember when I was about 14 (I’m now 16) I overdosed on a whole pack of benadryl. around that time I was severely depressed and I was in and out of mental hospitals for self harm and hearing voices and a lot of other things. when I did overdose on the benadryl It was on purpose of course I was trying to kill myself but instead I got high and I remember standing in the washroom talking them out the pack one by one and swallowing them. At first I swallowed about 6 the 4 more then I waited to see what would happen for about an hour and that’s when I Started feeling high so I kept taking more until the whole pack was gone. I do remember exactly how I felt I was hallucinating mainly I was seeing bugs crawling on the wall and stuff and I had vomited in my house
But I thought I throw up outside and I really didn’t. And my pupils were dilated and I think I was talking a lot my mom never noticed me acting weird and stuff so I never got help that day. That was my first time overdosing on benadryl and I haven’t Every since.

4:18 am February 15th, 2016

I have been taking beneadryl for years now and now I’m at the point of taking 20-30 pills a night and It’s not for sleep it’s for that 5 minute high I get and sometimes I actually throw up after wards because it’s too much for me and still don’t care! I’m seriously stuck and not sure what to do because I’m a recovering opiate addict and very scared to tell my doctors. I don’t have a great liver from a serious overdose and almost needed a liver transplant and knowing about the harm it could do to me doesnt change anything and I also have a major head injury from 2013 and don’t know if benadryl could have any harm to it! I need help when it comes to benadryl and so scared to tell anyone cuz I don’t want to be judged and looked downed on! I do need help and not sure how this all started but any advice could really really help!! Thank u 🙂

6:51 am February 16th, 2016

I’ve been taking benedryl for xx years, since I was a teenager basically. I’ve had eczema all my life that has only gotten worse as I grew older so my doctors told me to take 1-2 tabs as needed for the excessive itching since doctors typically don’t like to prescribe topical steroid creams long-term. I was fine until i got to college and started having problems with insomnia on top of my eczema. i was prescribed sleep-aides but only short term because they didn’t want me to use them long-term, just to help me get my sleep cycle back on track. When I was put off those, I started taking anything over the counter to make me sleep (zzzquil, advil pm) but ultimately ended up relying solely on my benadryl. I can’t even sleep naturally anymore and can only sleep with benadryl. I initially take 2 and I’m good but sometimes I have to take 1 or 2 more if I still can’t sleep. I also pop them when I wake up itching in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. If I don’t take it, it gets…nasty. I get withdrawals and such. I’ve already been experiencing many of the above listed symptoms but i’m afraid of what will happen if I stop taking it every night. I’ve acknowledged I have a problem to myself but I guess I’m just scared of trying to keep in line with my doctors orders.

1:45 pm February 16th, 2016

five minute high? what the heck! what is it you mean by “high”

You have to stop drinking that is most before the diph. The diph is not very harmful to the liver, you are you are lucky that diph has a short half-life. alcohol is doing more damage then it at the moment. Im up to 40pills …..yikes huh? if you ever want to talk here or somewhere els just lmk. im around!

10:16 pm February 19th, 2016

I have a problem with drinking and benadryl always have to mix them because it counterattacks the drowsiness from drinking…

4:57 am February 24th, 2016

What? counter acts sedation? if anything it adds to sedation. Be careful, it is not very easy to tell when you are impaired and how much so with diphenhydramine. Don’t go driving around even if you feel “OK”

8:33 pm February 24th, 2016

Yes I know it increases sedation but for me it takes the drowsy drinking feeling away

4:30 pm March 4th, 2016

If taking unknown amounts of Benadryl, maybe even daily for approximately 2 years. How does the mind or the body recoup and come back to its normal state before the episodes happening without ones knowledge? Is it always imperative that the victim, in order to regain her normal life and pure cognizance of her surroundings and her status in this world. my fear is that rehabilitation is required to go back to a normal life – is this true?

please advise ASAP

5:54 pm March 4th, 2016

Have you yet separated these 2 drugs from eachother? I mean a substantial amount of time that you were not on them both at the same time. What dose have you taken?

Sorry for delays, I have had some very dark days. Dammit! I have writers block. Ill be checking back here though, would certainly like to help anyone here! though my issue/problem with the subject (diph) seems the most severe out of everyone here. I only had one friend with my same problem, he up and died in a house fire. I never felt so alone in my life…. and diph being highly relevant to the entire relationship has been making it a lot harder think about, diph. I keep catching myself blame diph on his death, BUT that is wrong. Diph did not cause it.

err… I guess I been a bit angry at diph lately. Oh well, maybe im just crazy! more writers block.

3:16 am March 5th, 2016

That is odd, I guess its like how ADHD meds can sometimes calm down people but without ADHD it acts like speed?

9:31 am March 7th, 2016

I have bipolar and think about sucide and I have depression issues and Benadryl is just a out let for me to help me sleep like I take about 2-4 maybe 6 a night I was sober for about 3 months but I took it today to help me fall asleep and I’m only 16 and i can’t tell my parents

10:34 am March 7th, 2016

“Cant” or wont? of course you can. That is what they are there for!

5:59 am March 12th, 2016

I am addicted to it, and another sleeping medication. I take 150mg of Diphenhydramine a night along with 15ml of Robitussin. If I don’t have any Robutussin I take 200mg of Diphenhydramine. I started taking it to combat insomnia from going sober from alcohol, which was a huge problem in my life, and now I realize I take it because I enjoy the side effects of it, most notably the euphoria. I enjoy the sensation of the meds. I also feel more creative. I am afraid my years of sobriety from alcohol are a wash now because I just replaced one addiction with another.

2:53 am March 18th, 2016

I may have a problem with taking Bendaryl..

1:55 am March 19th, 2016

How does Benadryl cause/influence depression?

3:09 am March 21st, 2016

Robotussin isnt a drug, what exactly do you mean by 15ml of Robitussin? I wouldnt call it euphoria! but I guess I can relate. Luckily your dose is not too big. How long did it take to get from start to 200.

6:01 am March 21st, 2016

I posted here a year or two ago. I got off benadryl after taking it for 10+ years. I was taking at least 5-6 pills a night for 10 years… aside from the hard drug like withdrawl, I am talking nausea, shaking, sweating, cold chills etc. I had so many issues sleeping.

Finding info on this issue is HARD. No where talks about it because I guess it is rare and the few I see are insane cases (100 pills a night) which is not really believable honestly.

Anyways, over a year later, I have been having this intense body itching no matter what I do and these random tiny hives that pop up anywhere. At work, home, away… no matter what I do or change and while I cannot find any info on this, I was wondering if after a prolonged amount of time being on this, if it would not mess up your histamine receptors and throw them off to thinking I am having an allergic reaction when I am not? Could this be possible? I am at my wits end with this.

8:50 am March 25th, 2016

I am definitely doomed, my problem is severe and recent events have made me feeling very alone and depressed. I have had friends like me but i dont think anyone takes 100x that is too much.

I have had really extensive conversations with another diph addict. If you only took 5-6 that means im doomed!

8:52 am March 25th, 2016

But really, I knew someone that took about 1,400 grams a night. And me, less, but close enough. 2500 is a lie, where did u hear that

12:26 am April 17th, 2016

I don’t know if I have a problem. I take 2 Benadryls a day to feel calm and relaxed because I have bad anxiety but I also take it to feel high when I can’t smoke a cigarette or weed. Do I have a problem?

Tina L.
10:44 pm April 18th, 2016

I’ve been taking 2 benadryl a night and 1 a day for the past few months cause I’ve been having a real bad time waking up at night itching and during the day, not knowing what was causing it. Last few days I’ve tried to stop taking it aND now I have the worse time trying to sleep and during the day I feel dizzy and sick. Could that be cause if the constant use of benadryl?

8:30 pm April 28th, 2016

After having used antihistamines about 6 months for serious insomnia, I’m now having my 4th attempt to withdraw. Took it because of Hashimotos that left me without sleep – and it was a safer choice than Valium, Emozop, Oxapax etc., which I came off relatively fast – I knew the danger of addiction with Benzos and had a hard time getting off of them. Phenergan was a big help though at that time to get off Benzos. But now it’s time to also get rid of Phenergan (antihistamine like Benedryl) as well. Took often 2-3 Phenergan each night to help with sleep. In my 4th attempt I have quit cold turkey. I’m on day 3. Have almost not slept for 3 days. Fortunately I got maybe 2 hours sleep last night. I have got a lot of anxiety now and restlesness. Sleep is very very difficult. But this time I’m 100 pct. into it. I gave the rest of my Phenergan pills to my wife. Somehow I feel I have the strength this time. But it really has hit me with surprise, that you can get that dependant on antihistamines … it’s quite scarry. I hope I will be better tomorrow with less anxiety – the last 3 days has been rough!!! In the past 6-7 month I have quit smoking, coffee, alcohol – have started to practice mindfulness – getting a lot of exercise – doing all the right things … and still its difficult to off Phenergan/antihistamines. Wish me luck 🙂

8:42 pm April 29th, 2016

Well, a “safer choice then benzos” would depend on the dosage you take. Im not really sure how you determined antihistamines to be less dangerous then benzos. Anyway, goodluck.

8:47 pm May 1st, 2016

Thanks a lot “theover3yearaddict”. No – I don’t know what does the most harm in the long run – Benzos or antihistamines. But here in Denmark where I live, most doc’s prefere not to prescribe Benzos – they consider antihistamines a safer choice – in Denmark you cannot buy Benadryl or Phenergan OTC. Only I have to say that I had a hell of a time, when I had to withdraw from Benzos. But – now I am on day 6 on my cold turkey quit frem antihistamine – and things har going better. My 4th attempt to quit will succeed. I very sure of that. The last 3 nights I have slept between 5-6 hours.- that is complete luxary. Sleep onset time is acceptable – I wake up a little early though. On the other hand. When I started out, I did not expect more than 2-3 hours sleep per night the first cupple of weeks. The last 2 days anxiety has been very low – so all in all – I’m so grateful, that I will finally make it. The last 12 months has been one long struggle.

8:52 am May 5th, 2016

I’ve been taking DPH (benadryl, obviously) for almost 3 years now. At first, it was just me experimenting with it and discovering the few positive things that come with the “high”…but by all means it is no high. I’d usually take 500mg once a week on a sunday or so, hours before bedtime. 3 years later in the present, I find myself taking 900mg-1250mg of DPH a night. Every two days though I take it with 900mg of DXM to go with it. I keep telling myself day after day that today will be the last time…yet I always relapse and break my own will to stop. This routine of taking at least a gram or so of DPH has been going on for almost half a year now, and I know my mind and body are suffering it’s as if I’m slowly watching myself deteriorate.

9:50 am May 5th, 2016

Where are you from Chris? You are so similar to my friend that was a diph addict too. Your dosage is similar — you even have the same name!

I will give you this advice (you dont have to agree with it): I would STOP taking DXM before you end diph. Dxm REALLY REALLY effects your mind and what you DO. I was completely oblivious to his before I did something crazy. Its hard to think that DXM is easier and you have control. It can really make you stupid too– I am talking from experience/ no offense.I never kicked my problems on dxm.

God its hard everytime I come here. I really want a friend from here, but I cant do it again.

2:32 am May 17th, 2016


I’ve been using benadryl for about 20 years as a sleep aid. Recently, I’m taking more….up to five, in order to numb out. I’m also a sober alcoholic and food addict. I’m not sure I can “stop” this on my own. Not sure what to do. I’m ashamed. I’m a chronic pain sufferer who also had a run in with percs a few years ago. Not good. Is this amount of benadryl harmful to me?

12:23 pm May 21st, 2016

Id doubt it. Diphenhydramine has been around for a very long time. Not sure 100% though… what happens when you stop

5:10 am May 27th, 2016

I take 50mg of benadryl every night to help me fall asleep. I can’t sleep without it.

5:55 am May 27th, 2016

I don’t know what to do. my problem is way worse than ii thought. For the longest time I thought it was “diffrent” because it was just benadryl but ii’m scare now because I feel like I just can’t stop. I won’t and I know it’s killing me. I don’t understand y I just don’t care. Every morning before I even go to the bathroom iif taking 15 of them then a hr later 10 more and then like 5 every half hr. By the end of the day ii’v taken at least 50-60 of them. I go days awake no sleep barley eat and this has been going on for so long I’m scared to death. I got a bottle of 600 benadryl and they were all gone iin not even two weeks and that’s pushing iit I’m not sure if I even have them that long. ? my lower back hurts so bad every once in a while inside, standing up and bending down it feels like my kidneys lock up the reason ii’m getting scared now is because I tried to stop…. before ii started taking benadryl ii was abusing triple c’s for years it’s cough medicine… I don’t understand y I have to overdose on pills everyday and I don’t want anything else. Benadryl just my drug of choice. It’s the only thing I want. I need to know what this is effecting in my body I just don’t understand y or how ii’m still alive it doesn’t make sense ii literally take thousands of them freakiin thiings… please help me, what do I do. I don’t wanna die but I can’t stop

12:29 pm May 27th, 2016

Known people like that too. Keep in mind that if you have a seizure from OD you will likey have it for the rest of your life. Again i know someone who just like u as well.

WHY tripplec’s? you’re suppose to use dxm alone not mixed with sedatives!

Im worried too of my own life been 3-4years

2:00 am June 12th, 2016

Ok. Allergies. Probably to cats tress anything. Taken OTC off brand benedrl 20 years. Last week had an epiphany so to speak. Decided to take a tablet before I got my usual horrible sneezing episodes which happen daily. A few minutes after taking it then I had a violent episode. I thought. Hmm. Is this a rebound attack. Right then I decided to quit cold turkey. I experienced disturbing effects and after a few days realized I actually was experiencing withdrawals. Clammy skin. Sweats. Insomnia. Heartburn. Disoriented. And more. Today is day 10. Last night I did get a full nights sleep. I want to keep going. I have had one sneezing attack every evening. I started taking local honey and saline rinses every morning. I am a strong willed person. Hoping I am in the way

Daniel Jr.
4:17 am June 14th, 2016

I’ve pretty much been addicted to this shit since last year; that’s when I began taking anywhere from 300 mg to 600 mg per night for the hell of it, but I’ve been taking it longer (in smaller doses) for insomnia. I can’t sleep without it and it helps me relax throughout the night.

11:53 am June 27th, 2016

Hi, i’ve been taking diphenhydramine to help me sleep for about 4 months now at 50mg dose every night until 3 days ago. I didnt’t find it difficult to go to sleep without it until last night. Should i continue to stop taking it? Or should i get back to it? How long does this drug withdrawal insomnia will hit me? Is it going to be more than a week? Thanks!

5:45 am July 2nd, 2016

Same here Daniel (not the 1 year or dosage) but thats pretty much why I take it. Insomnia runs in my family. How long after taking it do you usually go to sleep?

5:17 pm July 2nd, 2016

Good morning, my husband has been taking excessive amounts of benadryl for over 20yrs. I’m talking 250-350mg daily.

He is determined he only takes this due to bad allergies, however its not the case. He has admitted he likes the way it makes him feel. Is there anything we can do to help him realize he DOESN’T NOT NEED this medication? He’s easily agitated, Moody,insomnia, aggressive at times,change in vision, low libido more often than not, fatigue easily, weight gain and in last year showing signs of change in memory and alertness.


3:04 pm July 5th, 2016

I gave up already people. i dont care about quitting anymore. but its complex to answer that question Kendra. I was close to quitting. And our dosages were higher so it should be easier for your husband to quit now at that dosage then mine.

3:05 pm July 5th, 2016

But i still come here once in a while to read some comments and peoples status. Goodluck !

5:37 am July 22nd, 2016

This will sound crazy but: my daughter has irritable bowel syndrome to the point where she has horrible pain attacks after eating anything (hrs of gut wrenching pain). She stopped eating and had a pic line put in for nutrition but continued to try to eat. These pain attacks took us to the ER where they would give her Benadryl and usually toradol thru an IV. So I thought we could save the trip to the ER and give her injectable Benadryl. 50 mg used to stop these pain sttacks. Now it takes 100 mg. 2-3 times a day (every time she eats, no matter what or how much). she is sedated much of the time (better than hrs of pain?) and I’m so afraid that the Benadryl is actually making her GI symptoms worse. All tests )blood, stool, endoscopy, colonoscopy are normal so this is funtional, not something like Crohn’s. Bottom line: are we making her worse by giving her Benadryl to control these attacks? Are we adding an addiction on top
Of everything else? I’m so afraid we’re making her worse but she has no relief from
Her pain otherwise. Doc’s won’t give narcotics for abdominal pain and frankly they tear up her GI tract. At a loss for how to help her but afraid that 300 mg a day is way too much even if it does put her out of pain. So sad to see my beautiful 23 year old reduced to this. Any advice appreciated

11:23 am July 25th, 2016


And where are you getting injectable diph?

4:02 am August 1st, 2016

Holly crap, I totally believe this! I take 50mg when I’ve been out in the woods to help with poison ivy rash, before bedtime because it makes me so sleepy and 25mg in the AM if the rash is too bad – and it does work great to that effect. But, after the 3-4 days it usually takes for my rash to get under control I have always noticed getting sleep is a total b*tch for a day or two after stopping. Great information to know, thank you.

8:00 am August 5th, 2016

Anyone els gain reduced anxiety from it?

6:29 pm August 6th, 2016

I take a half tablet of Benadryl at night to help me sleep (so about 12.5 mg). Most nights it is effective and I have not allowed myself to increase the dosage on nights when I still can’t fall asleep. Is this a safe practice? I am approaching 70, weigh about 120 pounds, and have been taking Benadryl in this way for about 1 year. Thank you

Sky Coffy
12:38 pm August 7th, 2016

Hi everyone so I just discovered that I was addicted to zzyquil well the active ingredient in it I have been taking it for alittle over a year straight due to working third shift and having problems sleeping I used it every day even on weekends I have never had problems with drug or alcohol never abused anything but when I decided to stop taking zzyquil 3days ago due to the fact I take like way over the normal dosage and get very jealous that other people have no problems sleeping without sleep aids that’s when I found out I am addicted it’s been 3 days worse time of my life I have had bad cold chills vomiting sweating extreme insomnia have not slept for 2 Days maybe a 5 min cat nap here and there extreme anxity depression no motivation and dizziness but I refuse to let this win I have always as my self as healthy and non addictive person or an abuser of anything but I will tell u what sometimes U can be addicted without even knowing till its too late please everyone do ur research before trying anything new I will never ever go back to using sleep aids I will just deal with a few sleepless days here and there and let my body naturally sleep I hope these withdrawal symptoms subside soon I have taken a few days off work to get through this

3:35 pm August 14th, 2016

My boyfriend had surgery and hadn’t been sleeping well so he started taking one Benadryl every night before bed. It’s only been 2 weeks of this and some nights if he’s not tired after one of 25mg he’ll take a second. He’s afraid he has an addiction though because lay night he didn’t sleep well without taking it. What do you think?

8:54 am August 26th, 2016

I’m very scared because I know I have a problem with Benadryl. I take about 13pills of 25mg Benadryl twice a day. I’ve been doing this for the last 10 years. I don’t know what to do. I feel like it is causing me to be depressed now. My teeth are falling out, and I want to stop. Please help.

4:20 am September 13th, 2016

I’ve had hives/rash from multiple operations and am alergic to contrast.dyes and radian inks.
Just had my..A.A.A operated on. After words went to emergency nroom and received 80mg
of predisone. Taking benadryl 25mg also to clear up my ras/hives. I am 95% clear of the
hives/rash and want to stop taki ng benadrhyl as side effects(dissiness, weak etc)
Can I quit with out mental problems?

12:20 pm September 13th, 2016

@ Lynn: me too but worse then 13 pills! why are your teeth falling out? i feel like im cornered

12:26 pm September 13th, 2016

My addiction to diph has been a complete horror story. sick of it all, thus im here. maybe someone can relate.

8:09 am October 19th, 2016

Hello. So I’m 16 and a while back I watch a YouTube video how someome got high off of Benadryl and they saw people that actually weren’t there and they were really confused and they said that it was fun so I wanted to try it so first I took about 7 pills and I forgot I took them after maybe an hour because I didn’t think I felt anything but when I lay down to try to fall asleep I just felt it all the sudden and then I just fell asleep so I didn’t feel the high and then after that maybe like two weeks or so later I took 9 and I didn’t feel it that much but the more I took it the more I felt it and I usually only smoke weed but when I can’t buy or get any turned 2 Benadryl and now I take about at the most like 13 but usually I only take 10 and a week ago me and my friend took Benadryl almost every day of the week but then I stopped and I never felt withdraw I didn’t know that you could have withdrawal with Benadryl because usually like I would sleep for a long time when I woke up I wouldn’t feel like a hangover or anything I’ll just feel like a little tired and that’s it but when I got off of it didn’t have a withdrawal I don’t think cuz I felt fine butt this week I took 10 on Monday and then on Tuesday I took 13 but I spaced them out so I will have first I will take 10 and then if I don’t feel that much I’ll take 3 more or 1 more depending on how I feel and so on Tuesday took a lot more because I was with my friend and we wanted to get messed up butt then today which is Wednesday we took more I took 13 and I didn’t feel it as much as I have before and then when I was laying down just chilling about to fall asleep all of the sudden I get these really bad like panicky things were like I’ll be sleeping and then also not like jump up and scare myself and then I freak out and my heart start beating and so I started to look up if that was normal or if that’s happened to anyone on Benadryl butt I don’t know if I am addicted because I never really crave it I only have one and that’s it I just don’t know how to tell and I’m only 16 so if there’s even a chance that I might be addicted I want to stop because the more I took it the more I felt it and I usually only smoke weed but when I can’t buy or get any I turned to Benadryl and now I take about at the most like 13 but usually I only take 10 and a week ago me and my friend took benadryl almost every day of the week but then I stopped and I never felt withdraw I didn’t know that you could have withdraw with benadryl because usually like I would sleep for a long time but when I woke up I wouldn’t feel like a hangover or anything I just feel like a little tired and that’s it but when I got off of it I didn’t have a withdrawal I don’t think cuz I felt fine but this week I took 10 on Monday and then on Tuesday I took 13 but I spaced them out so I will at first I will take 10 and then if it don’t feel too much I’ll take 3 more or one more depending on how I feel and so on Tuesday I took a lot more because I was with my friend and we wanted to get messed up but then today which is Wednesday we took more I took 13 and I didn’t feel it as much as I have before and then when I was laying down just chillin about to fall asleep all of the sudden I get these really bad like panicky things were like I’ll be sleeping and then also know like jump up and scare myself and then I freaked out in my heart started peeing and so I started to look up if that was normal or if that’s happened anyone on benadryl but I don’t know if I am addicted because I never really crave it I only have once and that’s it I just don’t know how to tell and I’m only 16 so if there’s even a chance that I might be addicted I want to stop because I grew up around drug addicts I want to try not to take it two days in a row I think that it’s fine if you have fun picking it like once a week at the most but like not that much just need a little bit of feedback from someone who is an adult that has been in my shoes before. Thanks!

1:48 pm October 19th, 2016

Just incase this is the reason im posting this:

The description you gave regarding the freaked out and heart racing.ect sounds like a mix between heightened excitement, and borderline seizure. If you stand during that, you might will collapse on the floor and thrash around in panic seizure. It will be probably be scariest thing youve ever experienced, if you’re like most others who had this happen sometimes. including both my friends who were addicted.

It may be something els but the only 2 people addicted to dph like me experienced similar things. I just want to mention so you dont get hurt but its hard to understand some of your comment. I would i need a clarified attempt answer more

I need to understand what you mean by jump and scare yourself, exactly?

Just so you know, they are both dead. Be careful.

I know more than id like! i can probably answer just about any question regarding diph. not sure why i come others and curiosity i suppose.

You’re spacing and repeating dosage because the side effects become tamed after a tolerance built. Otherwise, the overwhelming side effects would distract you from any positive reasoning. That’s my guess.

If you were about to fall asleep and that happens, sleep paralysis could explain that.

You will only find out whether you’re “Addicted” if you decide you WANT to stop taking it. If you cant, still, while you try, that tells you something is wrong. i.e. ‘addicted’ You have to want to stop in order to tell whether you can.

Diph is a very hard drug to control or trip to control. it can make a fool of you easily.

1:51 pm October 19th, 2016

luckily 10 isnt a huge dose sorry if i cant answer whatever you tried telling me. maybe explain for me. goodluck

10:31 pm November 3rd, 2016

Does benadryl have an opiate in it because i failed a drug screening and benadryl is the only thing i take to help sleep

12:23 pm November 4th, 2016

Fairly certain, its not.

5:04 pm November 28th, 2016

Help me please, I am addicted to benadryl

5:59 pm November 30th, 2016

Hello I am a 45 year old man who has had back fusion 11 years ago..Also at 13 years old I crushed my hand and lost part of my index finger..I didn’t have pain in the hand until much later in life….I never took any sought of pain medication until I hurt my back in 2001…..In 2002 my doctor started me on 5 extra strength (7.5) vicodin per day and two 800mg of Motrin every 8 hours or as needed… That went on for maybe 6 years and reached 10 (7.5) extra strength vicodin a day and epidural injections, surgery and Motrin as needed..My doctor retires and refers me to a new doctor..This new doctor informed me that I was a candidate for methadone….He explained methadone had pain relieving properties and it would be safer than taking 10 (7.5) vicodin a day..He also explained methadone would stop any further increases of vicodin a day….He said the percentage of needing a higher dose of vicodin is very very high as years go buy….Unbenounced to me methadone was for people with heroin addiction…Had I known this I would’ve said no since I never took any illegal drugs… All I wanted was a pain free life not a high life…After finding out what methadone was really used for I searched for a new doctor again..This new doctor told me about a new drug called saboxone. He went on to say saboxone is also used for heroin addiction… I told him no….But he explained that since I am now addicted to 10 mg of methadone and not vicodin anymore and if I wanted to get off of methadone saboxone was my best option..

.He started me on 8mg of saboxone a day..Since then I now take under 2mg of saboxone a day only to control withdrawals and pain… At this point however my biggest problem is not with pain medication its with (diphenhydramine) for sleep…Around 15 years ago I started taking 50mg of (diphenhydramine) a night for sleep…I seen all the TV commercials that say (diphenhydramine) is not habit forming….Even my doctor said I should be fine. Well their wrong since I now take 3/ 50 mg 3 times a day….If I take 1 less I have the worse vertigo… I become dizzy beyond belief..If I roll my eyes just one rotation I throw up….I wanted to give you an idea of what and how long I was taking these meds so you could refer me to someone who could help me with getting off everything..I know I can get off saboxone since I’m on a very low dose. Its the sleep aid I need help with…I looked into the medical induced detox where they put you to sleep and you withdraw out all meds of your body while sleeping…..If I can get a fresh start again I know I will get off everything…If I’m a candidate and if its safe I want to do the medically induced detox Do you know of anyone that performs this in Rhode Island? Also can you give me referrals that can help with getting off the sleep aid…Any help would be appreciated…..I want off of everything. Whatever needs to be done to achieve this life changing goal I will do… If I had to pick 1 of the meds I want off the most it would be the sleep aid because I’m almost off the saboxone as it is…If I can get off everything together fine but if not it would be the sleep aid first….This was never supposed to be my life…

9:41 pm December 29th, 2016

I’ve been taking diphenhydramine on and off for a few years.
It started when a friend of mine gave me a bottle for my sleep disorder.
I started with 2 at night, about a week later I was taking four a night and before I knew it I was taking them all day. I ended up at around 300mgs or more twice a day. I was able to quit, until the same friend began taking them for sleep, I slipped and bought more.
I’ve been on them again for a while now.
I have hallucinations, I hear people speaking to me and I see white wisps that float In my room as well as black dots clouding the corners of my vision. I stare at the floor convinced its crawling with baby flies. I hallucinate that my veins in my arms are black and become almost manic because I’m sure I’m dying.
I have tremors so badly some times you can see my hair shaking as I try to sit still. I’ve had what I though was a seizure twice and I find myself incredibly paranoid.
I was driving with a friend and absolutely freaked out because he reached for the radio and I thought he was going to hurt me. Also, my vision seems to “shake” when I try to focus on a screen or book. I also noticed once while very high, I noticed my pupils weren’t quite the same size.
I hear and see things constantly, I feel like reality is slipping.
I cant tell what is real and what is not. I’ll get so lost in the way a word sounds I’ll sit there repeating it.
Please don’t fall into diphenhydramine addiction, unless you want to loose your mind.

2:57 pm January 2nd, 2017

I have a friend who drinks every night and then takes a Benadryl before bed. She said it is safe and Dr suggested it to help her sleep. She doesn’t think she has a problem. She doesn’t think it hurts her or anyone around her. Is this an addiction? Does she need help? How can you tell her that she needs help. She think I worry unnessarily . If she is truly addicted, it’s a “legal” addiction and she likes it. Should I be concerned. How will coming off of this addiction help her. Convince me to convince her. I need reasons to tell her that she needs help. Thank you

4:40 pm January 5th, 2017

Taking 50 mg Benadryl bid x 10 years for allergies and recently had allergic rx enlarged lymph nodes neck groin armpits, along with hives. Some days I see perfectly and other days I can see the TV words. I’m worried about permanent damage as prednisone was the only thing that helped prob because I have tolerance. I’m 54 am I in danger?

2:01 pm January 8th, 2017

I take one Benadryl every night and have done so for years to help me sleep. Should I quit?

7:29 am January 30th, 2017

I started taking benadryl when I was four or five years old for severe hay fever. My yearly pattern was to start dosages of Benadryl in May, and continue dosing through the first freeze of the season. My mother let me self dose unfortunately, and if one pill made me feel better than why not two or three? By age seven, I am sure that I was taking my own doses, and when I needed another perspiration, the doctor quickly supplied one. Benadryl made me sleepy and drowsy. I had low energy. The solution to not feeling well was to sleep then. I have realized, now in my late fifties, that in the fall coming off of benadryl made me crabby and I had little tolerance for feeling discomfort. I believe that I developed some sort of mood disregulation after years of being on benadryl. This addiction set me up for a myriad of other chemical dependencies and robbed me of my childhood.It is nasty stuff.

6:08 am February 6th, 2017

My husband takes about 36 benederyl within 2 days and has become aggressive.. What can I do to help him? I have flushed them but he buys more and hides them..

10:58 pm February 7th, 2017

I have been overdosing Benadryl for 2 1/2 years slowly increasing the doses over the months, now I take between 24-48 pills in a day. I’m wondering what the long term affect this will have on my body. I did speak with a doctor about it, I don’t think he believed me because he acted like is was no big deal. I wish I could stop.

6:53 am February 9th, 2017

I’m afraid I have a problem, started taking it for allergies but now feel like I need it to get to sleep

2:24 pm February 11th, 2017

I think my dad maybe addicted to Benadryl he has been taking it for years 2 -3 times a day

4:22 pm February 17th, 2017

I have a problem! I take 25 to 50mg every night to sleep, but it no longer works for me.

8:15 pm February 17th, 2017

“Wow @Jennie that does not sound like a doctor with your best intrest in mind. Its not a common thing you hear, and its even more uncommon for someone to make that story up and lie by saying they do.”

3:10 am March 4th, 2017

Hey, I was wondering if it was safe to take 15-17 pills occasionally for recreational use. Will it be easy to get addicted to, are there any normal health side affects that could haunt me later in life???

1:43 pm March 7th, 2017

I have been taking benadryl since 2001 nonstop. I have been breaking out in a rash and that stopped it. Recently I stopped eating wheat and yesterday I tool a Zirtec equivalent and didn’t need benadryl. Today I am regretting it. My nose is running nonstop. My body has become dependent.

9:17 pm March 16th, 2017

I have been taking a lot of benadryl every day for the euphoric feeling and because I have severe depression and anxiety, and it helps tremendously with that. But today when I went to the bathroom, summer of my stool was green. So you think those could really be harming my body in some way?

12:19 pm March 20th, 2017

I’ve been taking Benadryl for over a year now for relieving symptoms of eczema and sinus allergies. Usually it’s 50mg at night in combination with one pill of zirtec and 25mg in the morning. My concerns are wether it’s safe to take it for this long.
Also in my attempt of taking a break from the drug I experienced some sort of insomnia. I wonder if I somehow developed dependace on Benadryl as a sleep aid. Previously I never had problems with falling asleep.

7:25 pm March 21st, 2017

I’m up to 1,000mg of diphenhydramine each night before bed (via Unisom not Benadryl) – i’ve tried to detox twice cold turkey – horrible nausea, sweating, etc. – I’ve going to take 100mg less per day over the next 9 or 10 days – hopefully that’ll work!

5:58 pm April 4th, 2017

My Mom is 85 she has always been a nervous person. She started taking benedryl years ago for a runny nose and also to help her sleep. But in the past couple years she takes it because she says it relaxes her. Her Dr asked her to only take it at bedtime because he did not want her to fall from being too sleepy. So she stopped taking for about a week because she got out of her routine. She has been extremely emotional and irritated. I think she has become addicted to it
She was crying a couple of days ago because she just wants to take it during the day to calm her down. I want to tell her to just go ahead and take it if makes her feel better. She’s 85 so be happy???

1:43 am April 5th, 2017

A friend of mine has Bipolar Disorder and takes up to 750mg of Benadryl, in one sitting, each day, to gain an amphetamine-like effect that simulates his manic episodes, thus prolonging them by days or weeks at a time. He has been doing this daily for several years, and his dose is only increasing. What are the potential physiological and psychological risks associated with this level of Benadryl abuse?

4:47 pm April 6th, 2017

I take benadryl all hours of the day up to 8 pills at a time and if I don’t have it I get very sick and ill until I am able to get it I can’t sleep or function with out the medicine why is this

9:28 pm April 6th, 2017

Do not take zyrtec in high doses like benadryl. You will regret trying that as a replacment.

7:49 am April 16th, 2017

So..Idk if this is still active but I have a problem….I take diphenhydramine/Benadryl every night (currently on night 2 of not having any and the cravings are so so bad). Last time I took it I was/am up to 1000mg in one sitting because I’ve developed such a tolerance. I’m aware this is not healthy and in fact probably pretty dangerous but because it’s “just Benadryl” nobody is gonna help me. I told my primary care Dr i am abusing it but she doesn’t know how much I take and I follow up with her soon but I’m terrified to be completely honest. How do I fight the cravings?? Is there help for this kind of ‘addiction’??

4:38 pm April 23rd, 2017

I take a diphenhydramine over the counter everyday i take usually one every morning, ONLY for spring time because my allergies. Once spring is over i cut it. Where do i stand on gmthis? Should i stop taking them?

4:33 pm April 25th, 2017

can you get addtive taking 25 to 50 milligrams of the antihistamine diphenhydramine twice a week

4:42 am April 30th, 2017

I have a family member that has been taking Benadryl IV not prescribed to sleep. What negative effects can this have on them?

3:12 am May 1st, 2017

I take half a Benadryl every night to sleep for the past 5 years is this safe?

4:56 am May 6th, 2017

I have a big problem with diphenhydramine and have for several years now. First, I became addicted to pain meds after 2 very bad knee surgeries. My last surgery was in May 2001. In September 2001 I got divorced and had to move in with my mobther. She took Darvocet and I started taking it too unfortunately. My drug addiction has basically been going on since 2003. I was able to finally stop with the pain meds in 2009 but all I have done is replace one drug for another. I have lost jobs, have had several cars repossessed, lost friends, my relationship with my sister has been ruined, etc….I take it to get high – not sleep. I have tried for several years now to kick it on my own but I do not think I can to be honest. I hate myself for it and I have convinced myself the only way for me to kick it would be death. I cannot stop myself from taking it. I am unsure why but within the past year or so it makes me very violent and mean. I will break stuff, cut up clothes, rip pictures in half, throw stuff at the wall ,etc…..I will have one good day and then the next day if something goes wrong I take the fucking shit. My self discipline is gone. I am so tired of all of this and just want it all to end. I have 2 college degrees and am a smart person and yet I do not know why I keep doing this. Right now I am unemployed and to be honest it is probably a good thing…. I cannot contemplate my future when I basically do not see one. I hate myself so dam much….I have tried to get help, and of course something happens so I would start taking it again. I have been trying to wean myself off of it but like I said earlier I have no self discipline. I am at my wits end with this and it frightens me. I really really really need some help.

10:32 pm May 10th, 2017

I have been taking benadryl IV for allergic reaction to a medication, that I need in order to get well. About 20 yrs ago I was having to take it in high doses 125mgs – 175 mgs to achieve no reaction to a medication. Now I take 50mgs every 8 hrs, and I like the rush it gives me. so sometimes I take more to achieve the high, and again its IV. I like the rush it gives me when I give it to myself real fast. I know I am dependent on it, and I want to stop without having the so called withdraws. Because when it starts to ware off I have major panic attacks and anxiety. How do I quit taking it???

9:14 pm May 19th, 2017

Our vet prescribed Benadryl for our Maltese to be taken 3 times a day (at the dosage prescribed by the vet based on her weight – 11 pounds) indefinitely. She has been taking it every day for several months now (to reduce her itching and licking her anus due to a common problem in Maltese with the anal sacs). She actually enjoys taking the medicine and clearly reminds us if we don’t give it to her on time. (We do make a fuss over her when we give it to her because she’s so good about taking it.) Could she be addicted to it? Should we really give it to her indefinitely? Thank you.

10:06 am May 21st, 2017

My Dr started me on IV benadryl thru my port along with zofran for severe nausea due to a very debilitating disease. This has been a life saver for me. I take it every 4 hours, but when I first started it I ended up with confusion and inability to walk. This has subsided , but am now at point that I need more than the 25mg every 4 hours, but I’m scared it may get addicting. However, without it and the zofran I’m sick to the point I can’t function at all. My Dr wants me to continue with it otherwise my quality of life is pretty much non existent, but addiction scares me.

3:19 am May 26th, 2017

I’ve been taking 6-8, sometimes more, Benedryl to sleep at night, for at least 16 years
I CANNOT sleep without it. Additionally, I take 40-60mg melatonin.

6:54 pm June 1st, 2017

My so. Is addicted to Benadryl. The treatment facilities in Wichita Kansas won’t take him

10:14 pm June 1st, 2017

Is melted Benedryl (in a spoon like heroin) combined with other substances and ingested in some manner besides injection, i.e. used or combined with vaping?

6:04 am July 5th, 2017

Hello. I took Unisom (which has Diphenhydramine HCl) for around 7 straight months, everyday and I took around 12 a day. I have successfully stopped and have been clean for a week. My question is what kind of heath complications may I have caused myself to have? I have noticed some thing that seem off, but I could be paranoid. I am 36 years old. Thanks

1:05 am July 24th, 2017

I have a port implanted in my chest (it’s needed for treatment) About 1 month ago I came home from the hospital and realized we forgot to take the port needle out. not a big deal. I have never done drugs or drink… for some reason I wanted to experiment. since that day I have been squeezing the contents out of a sleep aid, into a syring and then I push it in. I get a warm feeling and head rush. I take around 30 50mg pills a day. (through my port) I have pushed it faster or added more to my syringe to get different feelings. There have been several instances where I thought I would die. usually after a 500 dose. my brain is slow I never want to do anything. this is all I think about. it’s also very expensive. I feel so lost in this. if I run out I get panicky… one day I tried to quit. it felt like I was having a stroke! And my mouth taste heavily of salt. unbearable (while not using) So I keep doing it. I’m scared and fear for my health. I don’t know what to do…

5:41 pm July 27th, 2017

I have been taking 36 pills a day , 18 in the morning about 6 am and 18 in the evening at about 1700. I decided to stop cold turkey I haven’t taken in almost 48 hours. I’m paranoid , jittery, freezing cold , rapid heart beat , and I haven’t slept at all. What should I do I thought I was going to die last night , It felt like I was going to have a heart attack. Please help.

1:07 am August 5th, 2017

my son who is now an adult just stopped taking benadryl a couple weeks ago. He had been taking it daily for 2 years. Right before he stopped taking it he started feeling extremely tired and lethargic. He says that’s why he stopped taking it. I don’t know what is going on because he’s still feeling that way if not worse. He went to the Emergency room twice in the past couple months and they ran a blood panel both times with nothing to show on why he’s feeling so tired. Today he told me that he thinks he has dementia. I don’t know a lot about it, but he said he read somewhere that long term benadryl use can cause it.

6:05 pm August 6th, 2017

in getting super headaches

5:47 pm August 7th, 2017

my husband was told to take Benadryl for his chronic pain for fibromyalgia. It is working and his pain level has gone from a 10 to about a 4/5. He experiences no more sharp stabbing pain. However, he is concerned he will become dependent/addicted to it. What are the long term affects in regards to his Coumadin?

9:17 pm August 8th, 2017

I have major depression and started taking benadryl to sleep. For last 3 weeks I’ve taken 200 pills a week and don’t want to face the world just sleep. When I sleep I’m nor depressed. This whole thing flared up when I had to see my ex in court over child support. I get sick just hearing her voice. She is very hateful and abusive. I take citalopram and see therapist next week

4:12 am August 14th, 2017

It gave me a seizure and I still want more. I’m scared. Please help me.

10:12 pm September 2nd, 2017

I take ZZZquil (30mg) on a daily basis before bed to help me sleep, otherwise I will not fall asleep. Are there are any long term physical effects in doing so? I take a small dose prescribed sertraline (50mg) for anxiety in the AM as well so also considering those interactions.

4:01 am September 5th, 2017

I have been abusing Benadryl since 2006, maybe 2007. So yeah, 9-10 years. I have a very high tolerance, so I can easily drink 3 or 4 four ounce bottle’s in a day. I’m an alcoholic so I use the excuse that it takes away my wanting to drink alcohol. And it actually does. So to me I’m using lesser of 2 evils.

8:32 am September 27th, 2017

I have been taking 350mgs every day to get to sleep. I also have horrible seasonal allergies so the at night seemed to kind of work for both. I had a brain injury and hated taking sleep meds but I also have an addictive personality. If one works five will be better. Hence why i stay away from everything
If it can be avoided. They said it was non-habit forming. (Stupid i know) i have increased theough the yrs to the 350. I read that there is talk it may cause dementia and became concerned. I also saw on a true crime show where they were doing an autopsy and how the drug stays in your muscles. I have been working out the past yr and became concerned that the drug is holding back progress. Last night i tried not taking it at all and got night terrors and barely no sleep. I have looked up info before but found nothing necessarily troubling. I felt dumb even writing “addicted to benedryl” but glad I did and this was the first thing I saw. It’s clear I am going to have to consult a doctor from reading the posts. I just feel stupid but my body is definitely dependent and i don’t want to be taking this crap. Thanks for the information and guidance. It is appreciated.

6:00 am September 30th, 2017

I have a problem with benadryl and need help but don’t have insurance or extra money

4:58 am October 25th, 2017

I started taking Benadryl this past summer when my sister told me it could help me sleep, it’s been about 5 months now. I went from taking it every now and then, to every single night. I take two, sometimes 3 pills. I suffer from insomnia, and for the most part, Benadryl has helped me sleep. Some nights it doesn’t, but most it does. I’m scared I’ve become too reliant on it. I told myself I’d stop, but as soon as night time approaches, I feel as though I won’t sleep without it. I can feel myself craving it and needing it to sleep, I just don’t know what to do.

10:41 am November 7th, 2017

I’ve been taking 1-2 benedryl each night for about three years. I previously was dependent on a prescribed sleep medicine and felt I needed help when I stopped taking the previous medication. I also had additional trouble sleeping during my pregnancies. Tonight I went to a physical therapist who said my body could become dependent on the drug mking seratonin in my body and my body could stop making it itself. Have you heard this before? Is this true? If so, can I do anything to fix this, aside from stopping use. Thanks

7:52 am November 24th, 2017

I know this is ridiculous but I take at least 24 benadryl every night. If I don’t I will stay awake for days.. I don’t ever hallucinate or experience any of the symptoms others talk about…If I don’t make a point to lay down, sometimes the 24 won’t even put me to sleep…

3:50 am November 26th, 2017

I am asking this about my mother. She is in a rehab for knee replacement and keeps asking us, her children, to bring her Benadryl. The rehab took her pills after they found some she spilled trying to get the bottle open. She is taking pain pills and thinks she needs Benadryl to help swelling and muscle spasms in her leg. I don’t know how many she takes a day but do know she has been taking them for years. We refuse to get them for her and she is VERY upset with us. Could she be addicted?

4:06 am November 30th, 2017

Please stop abusing Benadryl. It can kill you, my 20 yr old son died from taking an over the counter sleep aid with Benadryl

3:17 am December 1st, 2017

Ok so this isn’t for myself but my boyfriend that I love with and also have a child on the way has an issue but won’t admit it. He will take 10-15, 25mg benadryl pills to get high and has overdosed twice in the past like 4 years. He doesn’t see it as a problem,what do I do I’m scared to lose him and I dont want our child around it

11:08 am December 8th, 2017

I have been taking 2 benadryl for a year and half to get and stay to sleep. When I don’t take it I toss and turn all night. My mind keeps thinking. How do I overcome this and sleep?

1:44 am December 31st, 2017

I have been taking Benadryl for more then ten years for my allergies. I stopped using it this past Monday Christmas Day since then I have my ears ringing, throwing up nauseous 7-24, headaches, dizziness and some blurry vision. From what I’ve read I’ve falling to be addicted to Benadryl. I haven’t had any since Monday my question is how long may it take to get out of this addiction?

11:34 am January 2nd, 2018

Hi Bill. You’re possibly Benadryl-dependent…and not addicted. There is a difference. Have you consulted with a physician or a pharmacist yet?

2:18 am January 4th, 2018

No I haven’t went to see anyone. I’m determined to beat this on my own. I’ve been thru a lot the last seven days. I started drinking water with lemon it took a few days that I finally started feeling better. I think by tomorrow I’ll feel very little of it if anything. It was hard but I stuck to it and beat it.

3:48 am January 27th, 2018

If I am 20 hrs without benadryl, I am noticing severe nausea and head fog.. Is this diphenhydramine withdrawal?

2:11 am January 30th, 2018

Does are just two of the symptoms i had when i quit taking them. I had stopped taking them on Christmas morning on Tuesday is when i started having withdrawals. Headaches,dizziness,blurred vision, throwing up all day. I finally started drinking water with lemon and also Green tea which helped cleansed my body out. It took 9 days when i felt good again.

2:43 am January 30th, 2018

I have been abusing Benadryl for 3 and a half years. I went off the Benadryl last summer for several weeks, I was very ill for about the first 2 weeks with excessive diarrhea. I take between 24-48 25mg a day, I can’t seem to kick the habit. I shared my concern with my doctor and she acted like she did not believe me, refusing to address the issue. I am at a loss on what I should do, I know it can’t be good for my body and I am concerned. Any ideas about how I can stop this addiction will be appreciated

4:45 pm January 30th, 2018

This worked for me when I stopped taking them.
Stop taking them and start drinking green tea, lemon with water and also just water. I ate food then went to sleep to keep food inside. When I woke up what ever was left came up.You will be getting sick but just stick to this it took me 9 days to get it out of my system so don’t expect that it’ll be gone in a few days. Hang in there I hope you can get through it.

8:22 am February 20th, 2018

Hi I’m curious about damage of long term use I have been abusing Benadryl for years now. I take around 10 a day and go through a bottle of 600 in a month or two. It doesn’t make me tired it affects me differently because I take suboxone and it makes me feel good and relaxed and makes my muscles all relax I find it hard to live without it because of how cheap and easy to get it is.

9:27 am March 5th, 2018

I have been taking benadryl for about 5 years to sleep. I was taking Xanax too. I switched to valium so I would have an easier taper the lower I get I can’t sleep so I have been taking 150mg of benadryl to sleep then I wake up and take 50mg so I can go back to sleep. I want to stop taking the benadryl how do I do that. Does benadryl cross the same GABA Receptors as benzos.

4:38 pm March 11th, 2018

I initially started taking Benadryl when I was taking adderall and developed insomnia from it. After about 2 years I stopped taking the adderall because of the horrible side effects but I never was able to sleep on my own again. I don’t take it to get high although recently it just makes my body feel high while my mind is awake. I typically take around 200mg a night at this point to be able to sleep. But after years of taking it I’m scared it’s affecting my health. How could this be good for my organs to take this high of a dose every day? Not to mention my eyes aren’t able to focus anymore before I sleep or for a couple hours after I wake up. It makes me feel very jittery every morning as well. Sometimes I’ll get the chest tightness or I’ll even hallucinate because it no longer knocks me out the way it should. Lately it’s just been making my body flaccid and I’m still awake and aware and then I start to slightly hallucinate. Never scary or drastic but my thoughts are being projected as if I were dreaming. I’ve tried alternative things to help me sleep. I’ve even tried just not taking it and I end up awake for over a day and a half until my body is so exhausted that it shuts down. And even then I’m able to sleep 3 hours max. I was never like this before I started taking it because of the adderall. I was able to sleep 8 hours easily on my own. Sorry for the length of this I’m just really wanting to stop putting chemicals into my body when I should be able to do this naturally. But also I need to add I work midnights so trying to sleep during the day may have a lot to do with the fact that I can’t sleep

5:05 am March 18th, 2018

hey I just started taking Benadryl and I’m taking like it prescribed and I’m worried I will become addicted to it is it possible?

10:43 am March 22nd, 2018

I have a problem. I’m 22 years old and I’ve been taking Benadryl and Tylenol PM every day for about 7 years. I also suffer with major depression so it’s a little complicated I’ll explain why. During my hard days/weeks I will wake up and take about 4 Tylenol PM and 4 Benadryl with a clonazepam. Basically to sleep my day away. If I wake up until it’s ready for me to go to bed I’ll just repeat that same dose.
Around 10pm I’ll take the same exact dose but stay up until about 4am. Around 4:30-5:00 I will take more.
I’ve been on a list of sleep aids although I’m fighting this one. I just really want help. I’m tired of depending on something for sleep. Not only that it’s kind of my escape for what’s all going on in my world. I do understand I’m doing a great amount of damage to my liver, body. I know this has to end.

8:35 am April 2nd, 2018

What kind of harm will taking 53 benadryl do to you if you take them all at one time with a 30mg ,sleeping pill and a klonopin 1mg, 200mg topamax, Gabapentine 800mg. This person also had gastric bypass surgery and only has a 5oz stomach now

8:28 pm April 3rd, 2018

Is tapering off diphenhydramine the best way to stop taking it? Ive been taking much more than the recommended dose for a year or so. Each time I decide to stop taking it my energy level gets very low. After about 2-3 days without taking it i dont even feel like getting out of bed. This started because I have such a hard time falling asleep and was taking 50-100mg to begin with. That was a year or so ago. Now its 450-500mg. Anything less than that has no effect. If tapering is a good way to stop taking this I will certainly try it. I have ringing in the ears and its very annoying and my mouth stays so dry that my tongue actually sticks to the roof of my mouth like velcro. Id appreciate any advice. Thank you.

2:51 am April 8th, 2018

i have been taking benadryl for a while. (a little over a month) and i usually take about 6-10 pills. so i just wanted to know for my health. what can this do to you?

8:56 am April 14th, 2018

I have been taking alot of benadryl and prescription drugs 4 many years now and i have never felt any of the symptoms that people have posted about a bottle of 365pills last me 4-5 days and the bulk store bottle i think has over 600ish in it that may last me just about 7-8 days 9 if i stretch them and then i take my prescriptions i take as well are Vicodin 10-325 mg 3 times a day im also on paxil 50mg a dayim also on hydroxyzine 50 mg 4 times a day im also on baclofen 10mg 3 times a day im also on neurontin 300mg 5 times a day im also on klonopin 0.5mg 4 times a day im also on the mini pill birth control norethindrone0.35mg 1 a day im also on meclizine 25 mg 3-4 times a day im also on/use otc ibuprofen 200mg as needed and im also on mirapex i dont rememberthe dose but i take it 4 times a day im also on a pill for nausea and vomiting i dont remember the name of the pill i also take Imodium as needed for my IBS and I use that as needed and i have 2 other scripts i take as needed and im also not sure aboutthe names and dose 4 them at the moment but I have never had anything close to what people have sa
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3:51 pm April 16th, 2018

I am 65 years old and have been suffering with chronic insomnia for over 25 years. There were many so many times that I would stay awake for 5 or six days in a row and kinds of problems because of this. My doctor has put me on almost every prescription sleep aide but none of these would help and my doctor told me that my condition was refractory when it comes to medications. About 6 years ago I started using benadryl on a nightly basis tacking 600 mg at a time. I have never had any side effects other then a fuzzy feeling that would pass in about 10 minutes perhaps I am fortunate in this but I felt I had no where else to turn. If there are any other options that you are aware of PLEASE email me.

7:15 pm May 7th, 2018

In my experience as 12 year IV heroin addict and have been through many many rehab centers, years od

9:53 pm May 7th, 2018

Many years of outpatient and drug counselling. I’ve learned that for most addicts quitting and maintaining complete sobriety is almost impossible because they have an addicting personality and is addicted to the addiction itself more than the drug, or behavior. They are just a tool we use to satisfy and appease the addictive cravings that are wired to us and will never go away its a hungry monster living in our psyche. That needs to be fed and for the most part doesn’t care what you fed it. For almost all us addicts total sobriety is extremely hard and that monster will always be there. Your only options you have is to contain it or feed it, containing it ia extremely hard and you have to fight and struggle everyday with something that is strong and determined to get out, and getting sober doesn’t mean you have rid your self of the addiction even after years even decades its always three in your shadow just watching and waiting for you to slip up and it only takes once and it will take control, for me and many many addicts this damn rear impossible our monster after years od feeding it has become really strong. For me and many other addicts in recovery have realized this how it is a part of you and instead of trying to contain itt, we feed it in order to appease it so it is no longer fighting to get. Since our addiction will alwqys be there. Replacing a harmful addiction with one that is not as bad or maybe even good we feed the monster and keep it happy and occupied allowing you to focus on your life instead of spending a lot of time and effort everyday trying to keep the beast contained leaving less time actually enjoying and trying to better your life. Not all addictions are harmful and destructive, like working out and exercise, working and trying to advance your career, finding a new hobby that has a community of positive members that all have same interesta and are like minded, sex is a good addiction for most part, anything that makes you happy thus releasing serotonin making you feel good and wanting more, replacing the role drugs played, all addiction is just finding something that makes you happy and repeating it to obtain that desired effect. Even id an addict replaces a harmful addiction with one that isn’t necessarily good, but is less harmful is better and step in right direction making your life better and less destructive, if smoking weed helps you from being a heroin addict, by all means smoke away. As far as benadryl I also take it daily and if used correctly can be a very beneficial drug, but just like with everything else good or bad, too much of anything is never a good thing. When using it for a sleep aid it is one of the safest stable medications their is especially vs anything prescribed by a doctor. From the actual benadryl website states the higheat recommended dose is 300mg im a 24 hour period, and also the minimum dosage required to have possibility of inducing an overdose is 10mgs\per kilo so a 220 lb man would have ro ingest at bare minimum 1000mgs before the possibility overdose, and moat cases it would take considerably to cause overdose. The 10mg/kg. Is anything below this amount will NOT cause overdose, and what was stated earlier see a doctor doe insomnia where their are many non habit forming meds to help with sleep, like serequel,, trazadone, remron, doxepin, gabepenten amttrpalen, stay away from benzos their one of the worse drugs and is very addictive avoid them at all costs. And iif your only taking a few benadryl a day even daily is really safe with very little danger of being harmful at that dose, but taking 500mgs at a time frequently is whole different story, on that case see a Dr for sleeping meds, they will be more effective with less side effects cause less harm than huge doses of benadryl.

2:12 am May 18th, 2018

Can large amounts of diphenhydramine cause jaw clenching?

12:29 pm May 31st, 2018

I have bad insomnia just upped the Benadryl to 125 mg because 100 stopped working. I cant sleep without this! my doctor has tried me on several sleep aids in the past and none worked. For over 10 years I toss back and worth from Bendryl to Nyquill. When one stops working because my body got use to it i go to the other for a while. I dont know what to do. If i dont take it ill be up for hours and i wont function at work/ classes.

5:02 pm June 19th, 2018

i have been taking 25 mg benadryl for 14 years,normally no more than 3 per day. I have tried to stop taking benadryl. but I am having bad withdrawals. How do I safely stop taking it? Also, is it safe to switch to a newer antihistimine such as Clartin ?

1:39 pm July 9th, 2018

Have been on high dose benadryl for many yrs thx to a crappy headache clinic…recently had port put in, for other reasons, and now find myself injecting into port rather than im use as prescribed…addicted to that high feeling…hav been getting exascerbated gi issues and severe pelvic pain…drs hav diagnosed it as endometriosis but i obv havent discussed the benadryl…can the port use benadryl cause these symptoms? After initially taking it it feels like my throat swells up but it wears off fairly quick

1:11 am July 26th, 2018

I’m addicted to Tylenol pm.. Been using it 16 years and get sick when I stop. I have no choice but to keep taking them Bc the withdrawal process is crucial

3:42 am August 5th, 2018

What are the long term effects on you brain and body, does benedryl/diphenhydramine damage your internal organs, eg liver, stomach etc, or mess up you brain and you ability to think?

2:59 pm August 13th, 2018

I have been taking very high dosages of diphenhydramine ( 1500mg) for over 5 years due to my insomnia. I have tried other means (ambien, trazodome, seriquill, remron and restoril) but none of these meds helped. I need to stop useing this but cannot find a way, and yes, I am addicted to diphenhydramine. The side effects are very bad when I wake up and I just want to kick this habit but again I do not know how. I tried going cold turkey but it only lasted for 4 days ( during this time I stayed awake for 4 days and just felt miserable ) I am 62 years old and have many health issues such as amputated leg, chronic rhinosinusitis and fused spinal. If there is anyone out there who can help me quit the diphenhydramine it would be most welcomed.

7:56 pm August 13th, 2018

I have struggled deeply since I was 12 with sleeping pills, cocaine, and pain pills. I recently got sober from everything and was doing really well. I used to take drugs to numb me from my feelings, but as soon as I got sober I started to feel everything. all at once. it scared me and became too much to handle. my mental illness got to me and eventually I felt numb to all my feelings (it was probably my mind protecting me from depression) but I was still sober… I ended up relapsing in fear that my lack of emotion was effecting my relationship.. snorting unisom and oxy, since it’s the only thing I can get my hands on.. pills have actually for once been the only thing making me feel emotion. only for a short time until they make me fall asleep. I want to stop, but I’ve been doing drugs since I was very young and I don’t feel like myself without some substance in my system.. I really need help. but rehab never seems to help. I’ve realized it’s something I have to over come myself.. just need to talk, any advice?..

4:18 am August 17th, 2018

I do agree with you whole heartedly about the list of symptoms you put down, as I have experienced almost every single one of them. I am one of those people who take high doses on a daily basis. In recent years i have reduced my usage due to the intolerable side effects with massive doses. To give you an idea of my peak usage, benadryl comes in 25mg pink tablets (the white and pink capsules are only 12.5mg each), but i was needing to take too many so i found Unisom. Unisom are blue liquid gels that contain 50mg of Diphenhydramine HCL (Benadryl) per pill. At my peak, I was dosing with 13 Unisom. 2 hours later, I would “recharge” with 9 more. 2 hours later i would recharge with 6. Then by the time Im coming down from the third dose, Im ready for bed.

Be warned, this is not for the faint of heart, as there are alot of debilitating side effects that come from high dosages. This is the main reason I backed off, and now, my nightly dosage is a mere 12 bendaryl, single dose only. I find that as long as I am drinking plenty of water, and eating a healthy diet during non use hours, I barely feel any negative effects during non use hours. I do not feel withdrawal, I do not feel the “need” to use, but I continue to use for 3 specific affects that it produces. While probably not recommended by a physician because theyll simply tell you that everything is bad for you, and your only safe option is to not use, that is not helpful in the slightest.

What I do to curb those negative side effects is use Marijuana with a vaporizer (ha, cant say that im giving myself cancer when the plant doesnt burn!) and it gets rid of 95% of those negative side effects like jitteriness (restless leg syndrome gets MAGNIFIED with high doses), without risking respiratory depression. I know im probably going to get nagged at for posting this but i wanted someone who has experience in daily high doses to at least share my findings and warnings. But when it comes down to it, its all personal choice.

4:26 am August 17th, 2018

in response to alex 7:56 pm August 13th, 2018:

there is no way possible that you were snorting Unisom dude. Unisom is a LIQUID inside a gel, and even if you snorted the pill ones after crushing them, theres no chance in hell youd do it twice. Im a heavy user, and i tried it once. I cracked open a pink and white benadryl capsule and started snorting it (I saw House do it on TV which gave me the stupid idea).

I experienced the greatest pain ive ever felt the SECOND diphenhydramine got in my nose, and its an experience ill never forget. It was like someone shooting a bowtorch up my nose.

Sorry, but you should really stop lying becasuse you never know when youre going to get someone killed!

2:00 pm August 27th, 2018

Wow! my problem is pretty extreme compared to everyone else. I started out taking it to help me sleep then one night I took a little more and I noticed it made me feel really excited and talkative. so I started taking more and more. I am now taking up to 1500 mg a night. That’s 60 of the 25 mg tablets. I start by taking about 25 to 30 then take 5 more every 10 to 20 minutes or so until I have taken a total of around 55 to 60 and I can’t walk. I have to hold on to the walls to get to the bathroom. I try not to ever think while on it as it hurts to think and causes extreme discomfort so I just let myself space out watching videos. I either watch movies on it with my mouth hanging open drooling or watch a lot of porn on it and masturbate many times on it as benadryl tends to make me very horny. I have tried to stop but I can’t sleep when I stop as I wake up many times in the night with severe vivid night terrors and wake up screaming almost every time. Every morning after a trip I have horrible dry mouth and bad sinus problems with MAJOR mucus build up like daily I pull big long thick slimy strings of mucus from the back of my throat. These past few nights I have only taken a little more than half my normal amount as I have started trying to slowly get off of it. I have searched all over the internet and can’t seem to find even 1 person that has taken at least close to the amounts I have so that’s when I decided to work my way off it

6:40 am August 31st, 2018

I have been taking childrens liquid benadryl for more than 4 years every night to help me sleep.I took 20 ml at first,then 15 and sometimes 10 but i take it every night unless i’m out or want to drink alcohol which is not often.I have 2 disabled children and they have irregular sleeping hours.At first i just took it to help me sleep,now i take it because i’m afraid if i won’t sleep good.I want to wean myself off it

2:00 pm August 31st, 2018

This is in response to Brian’s comment in August 2018. You said you have been taking 60 pills in a night. I was taking a bottle of 200 pills in one night about 6 years ago. I’ve managed to get off this miserable stuff recently, by weaning off for quite some time, and then with the help of medical marijuana to pretty much stop the Benadryl. I take 2 pills every now and then and it affects me like it would someone who isn’t addicted. But I need to stop even those 2 occasional pills or it will get out of control again.

10:54 pm September 3rd, 2018

I was taking Benadryl when I had several poison oak. I was taking it for itch relief and to make it easier to sleep. I took it for 3-4 weeks, as long as my poison oak effefected my sleep. After those 4 weeks I stopped taking Benadryl but I couldn’t sleep. It took me 2-3 weeks to start sleeping normally.
Did my body get used to Benadryl? And got used to relying on Benadryl for me to sleep?

5:17 pm September 24th, 2018

My family member has recently been involuntarily committed due to being a danger to themself and others (with depression alcoholism and it also seems like sleeping pill abuse or possible drug interaction issues).

Since that first IVC, she has been taken back twice – the second additional time back in the dry out critical care facility (which usually only holds a person 3 days max) wasn’t IVC, but was because we believe (they chose to use HIPAA to make sure nothing was disclosed to us) they tried to overdose on what they found in the hotel room and got more from the downstairs desk. Recently this family member contacted my parents and was civil for once and in the conversation requested that over the counter Walgreen sleeping pills would be brought to the local detox facility to help with their sleeplessness. None of us think this should be done as 1) we don’t want to be a crutch 2) it seems like there are issues between mixing this with depression 3) it seems like they should stop alcohol and the use of sleeping pills at the same time in order to seek treatment at a place that will take them without a job and without health insurance 4) Although slight there is a chance of overdosing on this medicine antihistamine/sleep aid (Benadryl aka Diphenhydramine aka Diphenhydramine HCL) 5) it acts in the same way as Darvon / Darvocet?, which was removed in US market due to its risks outweighing its benefits (causes serious toxicity to the heart/cardio toxicity), even though this is an Over-the-counter, easy to access, sleep aid 6) it could be addictive for some. They indicated to us that if we were to purchase this and handed in at the desk they could OK it and she could have some to help them sleep at night they indicated to us that if we were to purchase this and handed in at the desk they could OK and they could have some to help them sleep. Thoughts on how to handle? I will call them today to mention the above but do you think there’s any reason at all that we should be supplying anything, especially when they might be going through ‘cold turkey’ due to being cut off of Ambien, this sleeping pill, and alcohol (in their current state of high anxiety and depression) and when they Might be released tomorrow, for all we know, and try to either go for some alcohol and / or more sleep pills after released, if they aren’t able to get into and don’t try to get into a long-term facility that can take them?

Thank you!

2:50 pm September 30th, 2018

Have been taking benadryl quite some time now. How do I safely stop taking benadryl

3:30 am October 2nd, 2018

I am concerned that my wife has developed a serious habit of Benadryl. We are not able to spontaneously stay anywhere overnight because of this. Also we have to be home at a certain time every night. Is this something I should be concerned about. Each night she slurs he speech and talks funny right before bed. Intimacy is out of the question. Concerned Husband

8:58 pm October 3rd, 2018

I take 120mg of diltiazem and have a cough as side effect. Will benadryl help with the cough?

1:19 am October 7th, 2018

How much does she take Adam?

Ironically, Im always tired and falling alssep all day when I stop taking diph.

I am the last one here and alive with this problem that I could talk to and share our problems, Im not gonna lie guys… its been hard. Everything can change in a split second. Don’t take anything for granted.

9:39 am October 11th, 2018

I’ve been using Benadryl for four months for itchy purposes now that I’m off the medicine I can’t sleep at night normally. What should I do to get my sleep back?

9:25 am October 20th, 2018

Man I’m 17 I started taking Benadryl to sleep not get to get addicted but every time I go without it for two days everything starts tasting nasty to me or I just feel sick

3:57 am October 21st, 2018

I have been taking antihistamine pills for about 4 years now. It first started because of a chronic hive incident. Once I figured out how what was causing me to break out and I eliminated it, I was already hooked. I began to take them, just to take them and I would mix it with alcohol. I’ve had a few episodes of sleepwalking, which got scary towards the end. I would consume up to 50 in a night. I’d throw up and continue to take more. I taken up to a hundred in one evening. I stopped for a bit, but I couldn’t sleep right so I started taking them again. Right now I take anywhere from 20-30 antihistamine pills a night. I do not drink with it, but I do believe I have a problem. Please help.

3:11 am October 31st, 2018

I have taken benedryl for many years everynight for years and increase the amount more and more because it stops working and I can’t sleep. I’m inbarrsed to say I take 12 25mg.just before bed and usually take more during night because I can’t fall asleep. Also I’m on other meds I take every night one is Zanax.Ive been having a very weird and scary situation over the last few weeks,one night I woke and couldn’t see,I jumped up with a burst of energy type feeling and my vision was completely gone for a hour.Last night it almost happened again only my vision was blurry,my heart beating so fast which sent me into a full blown panic attack.One of the other meds I take each night is TraZODone and I’m wondering if it is causing this or benedryl or maybe both. strange urge to cry at night after taking my meds is another thing I’m experiencing.Ive been under a huge amount of stress for a very long time and I thought that was what it was but loosing my vision is scaring me and I’m trying to pinpoint it.Please if u could give me any feedback I would appreciate it.I haven’t seen a dr. Or eye dr.for this. Thanks.

11:04 am October 31st, 2018

Hi, B. You should see a doctor ASAP.

7:48 pm November 6th, 2018

My father is 76 and takes Benadryl every single day, for the past 4 years at least. He insists he needs it for allergies, and says his family doctor knows he takes it and approves. This is concerning to me, either he needs a new doctor or the doctor really is unaware he takes them every day. Any advice?

5:22 am November 14th, 2018

Man I am so wasted right now on those benedryls, started mixing them with my codeine and cough syrup and it has me leaninggggg. I also have just found the magic of melting them down and injecting straight to the arm man. All I gotta say is hit me up for the benedryl 1000 mg”s the lab just came out with. My main man Martinez at the corner of 54th and bridge got ahold of them and I immediately speed benedrylled them all up my nose with that ccocaine buddy! It was randy but anyways you guys got the plug on the benedryl or what?

9:59 pm November 14th, 2018

Hey so ughm hasn’t anyone ever smoked benedryl?… asking for a friend he says it got him really high and if it’s true I want to put a stop to it. Also has anyone ever tried to put them up their butt like a cepository? I’ve heard that they are a lot stronger if you do that?? Also asking for a friend

5:06 am November 21st, 2018

Hi, i really appreciate all this information it has helped me a lot. I definitely believe that i have a problem regarding benedryl. growing up with many allergies taking benedryl has always been a regular thing for me but as i grow older i realized that it has had a tendency of putting me to sleep 2-3 hours after injection. and i have a problem with falling asleep quickly so i decided to drink benedryl and now without it i cannot get a good nights sleep. i would just like to ask if you have any suggestions on what i should do next. i’m not addicted but i a do depend on it for a good nights sleep. i’m not sure if i should replace the benedryl with an actual sleeping aid ( if so which do u suggest) or should i not take it anymore and have my body return to its normal routine prior to taking benedryl (if so how long would u day till my body doesn’t need it anymore for sleep. thank you so much for the information again. please let me know if you can answer my questions

10:23 am November 22nd, 2018

I have been taking 26 to 30 benedryl pills daily for months now and am withdrawing very hard and very uncomfortable. They are the 25 mg pills. I am currently in recovery for heroin addiction and now have fallen into this. What do I do

11:27 pm November 24th, 2018

I suspect I abuse Tylenol pm for the affect of diphenhydramine. I have not taken any since Wednesday & I am very sick. I’m very tired but can’t sleep. When I do sleep I have very vivid dreams. When will this end ? Should I see a Dr?

10:29 pm December 4th, 2018

I took Benadryl on and off for the last 4 years. I took between 50-75 mg per day when i was using it. Sometimes I’d go 3 months without taking any and sometimes it would only be a few weeks. Usually I would take it for 3-7 days and then stop. I never noticed any negative effect and thought little of it. In the last few months though, I started to notice that I just wasn’t feeling too well a few days after I stopped. In November I had a cold, so I took it on and off for about 9 days. Three days after I stopped I got pins and needles in my hands, face, shins and feet. I then started getting a stuffy nose and a dry persistent cough. From the 3 days after I stopped I would wake with heart palpitations and nausea but would fall back to sleep and it would repeat a couple of times more per night. This lasted about 7 nights and then I got complete insomnia. I would start drifting off and get hypnic jerks which kept me up all night. Over the next 8 nights I got zero sleep on half of them. On the others it was very broken sleep for about 5 hours per night. When I would wake my heart would be pounding like a jackhammer. I also have a lot of nausea and for a few days, dizziness. It’s been 15 days and I’m wondering if anyone has gone through this, and if so, how long did it last?

margaret o.
2:36 am December 13th, 2018

I take Benadryl 2 every night to sleep. will get addicted.

11:47 am December 16th, 2018

I been on Benadryl for over year every day I want to get off it but afraid of the withdrawal

6:31 pm December 17th, 2018

Has anyone NOT had nausea and vomiting from stopping Benadryl? I took 14-24 tablets per day for one month. I have now cut my usage to five per day in order to taper off. I have a severe phobia of nausea and vomiting. Any suggestions, tips or help? Is it recommended that I wean off, or could I stop cold turkey without problems?

11:36 pm December 19th, 2018

I’m on day 5 of cutting down to 5 per day instead of 14. So far so good. I’ve had anxiety, but I have an anxiety disorder so the Benadryl isn’t necessarily the culprit.

5:01 pm January 27th, 2019

How do I know if I’m withdrawing from Benadryl cause I’m so sick?

2:23 am January 28th, 2019

Still weaning here. Down to 2 per day from 14 to 24. Definitely had some slips, but finally made it through a full weekend without a slip and with minimal cravings. No withdrawal symptoms yet. I plan to drop to 1.5 pills per day later this week.

3:47 pm January 29th, 2019

I have taken Diphenhydramine HCL in some form for well over a decade. I use it as a sleep aid, and over time, I have developed a tolerance. A big one. I used to take 10 Unisom liquid gels at 50 mg each. I would take them an hour before bed, and I’d be out. That was 10 years ago. These days its Benadryl or the generic equivalent. It’s to the point that i don’t even count the.number I’m taking, instead just base it on the pile in my hand. I know it’s insane, but I go through a 100 count 25mg bottle in 2 and a half days. That’s around 1000mg on average. Sometimes it’s more. I fall asleep, sleep well for 6-8 hours, then spend the first half of my day groggy, and the second half jittery. People have asked me if I have a problem with meth – it gets that bad. I haven’t done a single illegal drug in over 15 years, and even then – it was almost always marijuana. I’m getting very concerned, because I’m reading these posts on sites like this one, and most of the time the poster is taking a fraction of my average daily dosage. I’ve never posted on these sites before, and I don’t know why I’m doing it now. This thing has to take a turn. I don’t know what to do.

4:37 am February 10th, 2019

I am still weaning. Down to 1 pill per day. On day 4 of 1 pill per day. Three more days and I will drop down to half a pill. Then I will taper down using the liquid. I believe this week I have had some withdrawal symptoms. I had mild nausea one evening. Today I have had cold symptoms, sneezing and a runny nose. It is unlike my usual colds because I did not have a sore throat first. The withdrawal symptoms are tolerable. I hope to get off of this stuff soon and get it out of my life for good. I have had 20 days on my taper with no extra pills or slips. I am very proud of myself and hope to keep it up.

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