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Old 10-09-2019, 11:43 AM
 
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Does anyone take the 25 mg generic Benadril as a sleep aid?

I take it occasionally and it works fine for me. Must not have any alcoholic beverages prior to taking or so I read.
It is not narcotic and I was advised to use it infrequently, however I have a much older relative who takes it every night. Just wondering if there are any risks associated with taking it on a daily basis.

P.S. Bought a package of 600 pills for $6 at Sam's club, so I'm all set for a few years.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:49 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Biggest problem of using it frequently is that it may lose its effectiveness.


Males with prostate problems can develop urinary retention from it. Best to avoid it if that's your problem.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I hear that MANY use this drug and I've read enough about "memory issues" that I would not touch it. I worked to get myself a sleep remedy and works great and I get about 10 hrs pretty good sleep. I have my sleep remedy in the Alternative Medicine area here.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Yes, diphenhydramine is commonly used as a sleep aid. I take it occasionally when I suspect I'll have trouble sleeping (like when I'm traveling for instance). In addition to being the active ingredient in Benadril, it's the "PM" in drugs like Tylenol PM, Excedrin PM etc.
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:53 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback so far, is there any danger in taking it regularly?
and guidoLoMoto, no prostate issues presently, dealt w/ a little of that a few years back.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Thanks for the feedback so far, is there any danger in taking it regularly?
and guidoLoMoto, no prostate issues presently, dealt w/ a little of that a few years back.
Isn't this enough to make you think about using "B"...I surely would not and work to find other remedies for sleep.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/...k-201501287667
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:37 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Older people shouldn't take it because it's likely a cause of dementia. There's a whole list of drugs that cause dementia in older people. Maybe you should tell your older relative about the risks. Check the Harvard Health link in the previous post.
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:47 PM
 
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I really hate that medical studies show a correlation between Benadryl (diphenhydramine is generic name-costs less same stuff) and dementia because damn I really loved taking one every night. No grogginess for me the next morning (which my husband got from it) and a great nights sleep. Bummer.

But Alzheimers and dementia took several of my family members and I cannot risk that. So I worked to eliminate foods/drinks that disrupted sleep and after about a week I could skip the Benadryl. There are times that allergies require me to take it and I will do it but it's not often. I'm 60-something hoping to make it to "deadline" with all my wits about me.
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:52 PM
 
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Thank you so much jaminhealth (reply #6) above, I read the article and had no idea of the dementia connection, definitely appreciate you and the moderator for sharing and I will advise my relative of the findings noted in the referenced studies.
Guess I will just take one ever so rarely now. And search for other options.
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:19 PM
 
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....search for other options.

Melatonin
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/in...-940/melatonin

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/arti...onin-and-sleep
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