Can you get addicted to Benadryl?

Yes, you can get addicted to Benadryl. But it’s rare. When do you develop tolerance to the sedative effects of diphenhydramine? When does Benadryl addiction occur? And are you at risk? We review here.

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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
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I have been taking Benadryl every day for about 7 months now. A LOT of benadryl. I started out with 8-10 once a day, and now am up to 20+ (25 mgs). I am also on methadone for addiction-60 mgs a day. I hate myself for starting up the benadryl because now I feel like I have the flu without the benadryl. Can anyone help me with suggestions on a reasonable taper schedule? Thanks in advance.

  2. Hi. I’ve been just taking one benadryl a night to stay asleep. But I notice that the past two days I haven’t taken it, I feel tired, over eating(could totally be irrelevant) and definitely angry and irritable. Can not taking benadryl have anything to do with this?

  3. I have been taking these for years. I want to get back to how I was before abusing these OTC pills. I do take them for the euphoric effect. What can I do to kick this nasty habit. It affects my ability to focus. I find myself forgetting thoughts frequently after I take them. There’s no one else who knows. Any help/referral would be greatly appreciated

  4. I take around 11-14 benadryl a day purely because of my physical dependency. At first, it went from 2 a day to 4 a day and now, 7 years later, I’m taking 11-14 a day. I take around 2-3 at a time, 3-4x’s a day. Even though I take a large dose, I still feel like my allergies aren’t under control (I have very severe allergies). I’m slowly weening myself off but the withdrawals are horrid. When I don’t take them, it feels like I caught the flu.

    1. Have you tried taking them anally? My doctor recommended taking them like a cellsitory and it being more effective which lets you lower the dose quicker and ween yourself off of them. I would consult with your own doctor first but it has worked wonders for me, just a little weird at first to be honest but it’s not like you have to tell anyone. But that many you are taking is too many, cannot be good for your organs so I would suggest cannibus for the allergy relief. It helped me a lot as well, kind of dulls all of the senses so maybe do it after work instead. Also physical exercise and drinking a lot of water has really helped my allergy symptoms not reappear as often as they used to.

  5. I have been taking diphenhydramine for my painful fibromyalgia. Then I research and find out the danger of physical dependency. Do I need to stop taking it? I take the max of 100mg daily and it really helps.

    1. You should not stop taking it. In fact I would suggest taking more of it if it helps. I have also found that putting it up the butt actually helps the body absorb it and use the medicine more effectively and you also don’t have to take as much for the same effects of relief. I understand not being comfortable putting things up there but it truly has helped me and I believe is worth a try for everyone, plus you may even be able to lower your dosage because it works better. Let me know how it goes but my doctor suggested it to me so I am passing it along.


  6. I started taking benedryl about a year ago when I couldn’t sleep and now my behavior is out of control. I have resorted to taking over 20 per day and am really tryin to Chase the high that they bring me in my sleep. If I don’t take a benedryl it is like I am living in hell and can’t eat, sleep or even ejaculate. One thing I have also tried to get a stronger high is putting them up my butt like a cepasotory, this method does work. But I will tell you what doesn’t I did crush a couple up one time and try snorting them… one word don’t! It was a bad idea but I have crushed them up, about 5 at a time and mix them with kool aid and sprite. Now that’s how you catch a buzz on the benedryl. Anyways has anyone found a similar effect with any other drugs? I am looking for stronger psychoactive effects here because I like to trip balls on benedryl.

  7. I’ve been taking 2 x 50mg diphenhydramine now every night to help me sleep and I want to try and stop taking it, will I experience any withdrawal if I stop taking it?

    1. Yes and boy will it be bad. I stopped doing only one a day for a few days and my head hurt for like a month. Then the tips of my fingers turned green and started to smell like fart. Fortunately my fingers turning green and smelling my fart was the result of putting them up my butt, anyways I would try taking more so you can start feeling the positive effects like halucinations, sweaty palms and general halliness. If you mix them with weed you have a bad trip sometimes tho

  8. Veteran and retired Law enforcement officer. Back in 2005, I was having horrible nightmare, Army doc said it was from the Police Dept, and the PS blamed it on the Army, so I started taking Benadryl on 2006, up until a few months ago, I just lived a productive life hooked on Benadryl. But I started mixing it up with more booze and a battle buddy turned me on to medical marijuana for my PTSD.

    Are there any known health issue with using so much for so long?

  9. I take 300 mg or so three times a day . Been taking it for 3 years helps me wake up. I tried 3 times to quit.every time i quit ,the next day i cannot swallow. I have been googling this for many months,and havent found anyone who has this problem. Id be grateful for any help.

    1. Please Don’t google, go to a Doctor..!!! Don’t try to stop without supervision of a medical professional when your ability to swallow is affected. ?‍♀️

  10. I been taking benadryl evpery day for 3 years. I take about 11 at a time,depending on my weight.. So i take about 33 or so a day.i dont get tolerant.i take same amount every can that be?. One time i took about 25 at once. Worse experience EVER . I couldntt talk,walk,got very blurry eyesight..i had to crawl to use bathdroom and couldnt even balance myself ,so i couldnt use the restroom. Ive googled everywhere and noticed nobody mentiones getting the shakes. .if i take 1 extra, i shake so bad i feel like im about to get a seizure. How are people taking 3 times as much and not get tremors? And why dont i get a tolerance built up?

    1. Get like horrible ocd and restless leg or something kinda twitchy move jaw alot anxiety always feeling rushed or something feels off. I’m an identical twin anvmy brother started years before me i started with 3blu liquidgels or 12 25 mg been obut it’s mentally has fucked him up same as me be talking and just straight up forget what talking about he takes like 16 4-5 times a day i worry one of us gonna drop dead we’ve done this for years i haven’t been to a doc since i was 16and I’m 28 but i feel need to get checked but prob to much damage wish never started every day for 10 years it’s crazy

    2. I used to get the shakes as well when I was using Benadryl. Just as you described, felt like a seizure. I’d shake so badly that I couldn’t get to the bathroom and would hold it for as long as possible, which was difficult because Benadryl made me have to pee every 5 minutes sometimes. I can’t say anything about why you haven’t built up a tolerance, but maybe you are very sensitive to the effects. I noticed that I became much more sensitive to the effects right before I beat the addiction, after about 22 years. I guess that helped me when I finally started to wean myself off. Medical marijuana helped me to stop completely.

  11. Well, I slipped. Took 18 one day, and 5 the next. Got back on the wagon the next day. I am now on day 6 of 1/2 pill per day (but on the liquid, not the pills). The pills are gone and I don’t want them in my house again. The liquid presents much less of a temptation to me. The cravings are bad, though. They seem to last much longer than the 10 to 30 minutes the internet says they should last. Yesterday I had a craving that lasted hours. No matter what, I’m going to keep trying.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

    1. Dude, that’s some heavy intake. 5000mg at once. If I take more than 150mg at one time I literally will pass out. Sounds to me you have a wicked tolerance. I would def seem professional/medical help

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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?

  18. 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?

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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?

  23. 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?

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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?

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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!

  31. 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?

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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?..

  38. 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.

  39. 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?

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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 ?

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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
    id i never had any symptoms of it basically like what everyone xtstates they have felt like and I dont understand why i also don’t stop eating and Im not going thru anything people say that i shouldering doing anything and then have said behavior and mistakes i always want tommakr 20+ uears talk uo u sake sure that ucould begoinh has uploaded

  47. 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?

  48. 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.

  49. 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

  50. 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.

  51. 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?

  52. 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

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. Jennie,
    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.

  56. 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

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

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

  60. 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?

  61. 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?

  62. 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

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

  64. 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?

  65. 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…

  66. 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

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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

  72. 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?

  73. Hi,
    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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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…

  76. 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

  77. 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?

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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???

  82. 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.

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

  84. 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?

  85. 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’??

  86. 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

  87. 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?

  88. 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???

  89. 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!

  90. 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.

  91. 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?

  92. 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.

  93. 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???

  94. “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.”

  95. 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.

  96. 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..

  97. 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.

  98. 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?

  99. 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

  100. 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.

  101. 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…

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

  103. 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.

  104. 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!

  105. 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?

  106. 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.

  107. 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?

  108. 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

  109. 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

  110. 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.

  111. 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

  112. 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.

  113. 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.


  114. 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?

  115. 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!

  116. 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.

  117. 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

  118. 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

  119. 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

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

  121. Hello.

    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?

  122. 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.

  123. 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.

  124. 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.

  125. 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.

  126. 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 🙂

  127. 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?

  128. 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?

  129. 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

  130. 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!

  131. 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.

  132. 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.

  133. 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.

  134. 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

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

  136. 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.

  137. 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

  138. 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”

  139. 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!

  140. 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.

  141. 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 🙂

  142. 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.

  143. 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.

  144. 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

  145. 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 .

  146. 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

  147. 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.

  148. 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.

  149. 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

  150. 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.

  151. 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.

  152. 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.

  153. 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

  154. 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 ?

  155. 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

  156. 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!

  157. 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?

  158. 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.

  159. 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?

  160. 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?

  161. 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

  162. 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.

  163. 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?

  164. 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.

  165. 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?

  166. 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.

  167. 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

  168. 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

  169. 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.

  170. 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?

  171. 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.

  172. 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.

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

  174. 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?

  175. @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.

  176. 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 ?

  177. 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?

  178. 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

  179. 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.

  180. 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?

  181. 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.

  182. 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.

  183. 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.

  184. 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.

  185. 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.

  186. 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.

  187. 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?

  188. 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?

  189. 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.

  190. 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?

  191. 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

  192. 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

  193. 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.

  194. 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

    1. 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.

  195. 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?!?!

  196. 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!

    1. 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!

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

  198. 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.

  199. 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.

  200. 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!

    1. 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.

  201. 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.

  202. 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.

  203. 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

  204. 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

    1. 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.

  205. 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?

  206. 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?

  207. 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.

  208. 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?

  209. 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).

  210. 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.

  211. 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.

  212. 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”.

    THE TREATMENT PLAN::::::::::;

    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,


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

  214. 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?

  215. 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.

  216. 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).

  217. 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.

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

  219. 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. 🙁

  220. 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?

    1. 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.

  221. 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.

  222. 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?

  223. 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.

  224. 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>>>????

  225. 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

  226. 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.

  227. 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.

  228. 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.

  229. 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

    1. 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.

  230. 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 = )

  231. 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.

  232. 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!

  233. 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

    1. 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.

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

  235. 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.

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

    i have had 2 seizures since my last comment….

  237. 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-

  238. 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?

    1. 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.

  239. 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. ?????????

  240. 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.

  241. 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…

  242. 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.

  243. 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

  244. 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!

  245. 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.

  246. 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.

  247. 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.

  248. 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

  249. 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..

  250. 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.

  251. 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?

  252. 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?

  253. 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?

  254. 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.

  255. worriedmom

    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 🙂

  256. 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.

  257. “Nathan0621”
    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.

  258. 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?

  259. Worriedmom:

    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!!!

  260. 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.

  261. 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.

  262. 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?

  263. 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. 🙂

  264. 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

  265. 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.

  266. 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.

  267. 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.

  268. 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.

  269. 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.

  270. 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?

  271. 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.

  272. 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.

  273. 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.

  274. theover3yearaddict:

    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

  275. 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.

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

  277. 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?

  278. 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.

  279. 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!

  280. Hello,
    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 🙂

  281. 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!

  282. 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!

  283. 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?

  284. 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.

  285. 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.

  286. 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.

  287. 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

  288. 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.

  289. 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

  290. 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?

  291. 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.

  292. 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?

  293. 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?

  294. 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.

  295. 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.

  296. 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

  297. 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.

  298. 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.

  299. 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.

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

  301. 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.

  302. 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

  303. 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.

  304. 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.

  305. 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?

  306. 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..

  307. 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?

  308. 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.

  309. sunny

    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.

  310. 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…

  311. 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.

  312. ….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…

  313. 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

  314. 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?

  315. 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.

  316. 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.

  317. 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.

  318. 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!

  319. Theo

    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…

  320. 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

  321. 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.

  322. 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

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

  324. 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

  325. 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.

  326. 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.

  327. 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

  328. **WORRIEDMOM**

    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.

  329. 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!

  330. **SAM**

    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.

  331. 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.

  332. 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….

  333. 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?

  334. 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!

  335. 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?