How effective is Benadryl for Sleep aid (Insomnia)?
Summary: 193 Benadryl users have rated its effectiveness for Sleep aid.
Overall ratings: 3.1/5
Long term ratings: 3.2/5
This is a review of how effective Benadryl (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) is for Sleep aid and for what kind of people. The study is created by eHealthMe and is updated continuously.
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What is Benadryl
Benadryl has active ingredients of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergies. (view latest outcomes from 29,367 users)
Sleep aid (sleeplessness) can be treated by Ambien, Trazodone Hydrochloride, Lunesta, Zolpidem Tartrate, Ambien Cr, Zopiclone. (latest reports from Sleep Aid 123,448 patients)
On Dec, 19, 2014: 193 people are studied for taking Benadryl in Sleep aid
Benadryl effectiveness for Sleep aid (number of people):
|not at all||somewhat||moderate||high||very high |
Gender of people who take Benadryl for Sleep aid * :
|Sleep aid||74.61%||25.39% |
Age of people who take Benadryl for Sleep aid * :
|Sleep aid||0.00%||2.07%||4.15%||20.73%||18.13%||18.65%||18.13%||18.13% |
Who find Benadryl more effective for Sleep aid?
Gender of people who find Benadryl more effective * :
|Sleep aid||81.25%||18.75% |
Age of people who find Benadryl more effective * :
|Sleep aid||0.00%||3.12%||7.81%||23.44%||20.31%||9.38%||21.88%||14.06% |
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
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Comments for this study:
Geno (3 years ago):
I have been taking benadryl for 3 years with absolutely no apparent side effects.....I only take one 25mg tab and it keeps me from waking after 4 hours of sleep.....it gets me 7-8 hours of solid sleep. I have gone 3-4 days without taking it and I sleep fine for about 4 nights and then sleep better if I take a tablet. The only side effect is that I am very rested and happy during the day.
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I really need to find out because I can't get any sleep .I thought since the lunesta doesn't work then I can take a 30mg temazapam to help I have severe insomnia. Please answer! !
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hi I have been taking Benadryl or pet dander? It seemed to work well even if I only take one tablet. Does anyone also find that taking one tablet does not make you drowsy? How often should I take one tablet of Benadryl which is 25 mg? has anyone found any other allergy medication that work or pet dander? Thank you very much.
- What can i do to help my wife who is on ambien and sometimes has horrible restless leg syndrome?
She will take her meds like a hour and a half before actually going to sleep. The Zambian that is and sometimes she has uncontrolled restless leg syndrome. She has to move them a certain way and everything. This last time it lasted a hour and a half. I was just wondering if there is anything I could do to belp.?
- Can meclizine cause insomnia once and sleepiness the next time
I took Meclizine one night (as advised by pharmacist; she said it causes drowsiness), after experiencing my first attack of vertigo. It kept me awake almost all night. A couple weeks later, as I was getting ready for a special school event for my daughter, I thought another vertigo attack was coming on. Since the Meclizine didn't make me sleepy the first time but instead had the opposite effect, I thought it would be ok to take it (this was an evening event with a meal). After eating, I began to get very sleepy and my face almost fell in my plate.
- What causes a headache only when coughing or shaking the head?
Head hurts only when shaken or I cough. I suspect benadryl or amytriptaline
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I am taking an over the counter sleep aid made by boots chemist and have got dryes can the tablets b the reason
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