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Diphenhydramine Medication

Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine commonly used to treat allergies. This medication has a strong hypnotic effect and generally causes drowsiness. Diphenhydramine has been approved by the FDA as a non prescription sleep aid. Many people recognize this medication by its trade name Benadryl. To learn more about this medication and its uses, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by Experts.

Will taking hydrocodine and diphenhydramine together cause effects on someone's respiratory system?

Hydrocodine has a sedative affect as dose diphenhydramine. When a person takes both of these medications together there may be an increased effect of drowsiness, decreased mental alertness, and respiratory depression. However such side effects are generally seen in elderly and debilitated people. Both medications lose some of the effectiveness after about 2 hours. If the person doesn't take the maximum does, the effects of the combination may be less. Hydrocodine may be taken as much as 10mg per dose. A person may take up to 50 mg of Diphenhydramine.

What are the side effects for diphenhydramine if taken every night?

Overall this medication is considered safe for nightly use. However the medication may worsen symptoms of glaucoma, cause oral secretions to thicken, cause dizziness, and affect blood pressure. If a person doesn't have such symptoms, the nightly dose may be fine. However, it is always best to speak with the person's doctor to ensure no issues may arise from nightly use. Everyone has different reactions to medication, especially those taken on a daily basis. It is difficult to say how each individual would react without knowing that person's medical history.

Does Effexor, depakote or requip interact with diphenhydramine?

Diphenhydramine is generally considered safe and is often used in nursing homes and hospitals for its ability to make a person drowsy. If a person is healthy, there may be a noticed increase in drowsiness and possible slower breathing pattern which usually is not an issue. However, if the person is ill, the respiratory suppression may actually cause a person to stop breathing.

It has a synergistic or additive effect with all of your medications to increase sleepiness and/or respiratory depression. Respiratory depression means that breathing can slow down. For someone who is otherwise healthy, it usually isn't a problem. For someone very ill in an ICU, it may mean that the respiratory drive is suppressed enough that they stop breathing

What is the danger of splitting a diphenhydramine hydrochloride capsule and swallowing half of it?

Capsules are generally time released meaning they release the medicine over a period of several hours. When a capsule is split in half, there may be an effect as to how much medication is received at once. Possible side effect may occur. Nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, dry mouth, urination issues and drowsiness may occur. Generally a doctor is contacted if such symptoms arise. There are possible side effects that are more severe such as irregular heartbeat, seizures, and confusion. Such symptoms generally require immediate medical attention.

Can Ambien or diphenhydramine hydrochloride be damaging to someone's liver or make AST or ALT liver test results higher?

Diphenhydramine and Ambien generally have no effect on one's AST or ALT levels. Many times excessive uses of alcohol, Tylenol or a hepatitis viral infection affect these levels. There are cholesterol lowering medications like Lipitor that may also affect a person's AST and ALT levels. Diphenhydramine is Benadryl and while it may make a person drowsy, there is no known effect on such levels.

Many questions arise as to the affect Diphenhydramine may have. One of the most common questions asked is "What are diphenhydramine side effects?" If a person has questions or concerns regarding the use of Diphenhydramine, the person should ask an Expert for medical insight and suggestions on proper dosage.
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