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I am 77 years old. I have been taking a sleep aid which is…

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I am 77 years...

I am 77 years old. I have been taking a sleep aid which is Benedryl. I have been taking for about three years. I feel great for my age and sleep

Doctor's Assistant: What are all the symptoms you're experiencing (e.g. loss of appetite, fever, rash)?

Since I sleep well I have no symptoms. Just worry about taking this every night. Is there a danger in taking Benedryl every night?

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Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 9 months ago

There is a link between long term use of benadryl and dementia and confusion especially in the elderly

While that doesn't mean it would be a problem for you I suggest you discuss with your doctor whether or not you should continue to use it nightly

Please let me know if you need any more information

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