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Old 09-05-2019, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I have found since I was a young woman that I cannot take the ADULT dosage of any of these OTC products, including Tylenol. They either made me spacey or gave me "agita". It is not because of any other medications I take, then or now, but probably because of my size (5'1" 100 lbs.) If a child's dosage works fine, what is wrong with taking less, or for that matter nothing at all?
I think your reasoning is sound.

Not long ago someone recommended Children's Benadryl liquid to me, mainly because you have full control over the dosage and can adjust it accordingly.
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Old 09-05-2019, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not a decongestant. It's an antihistamine.
I realized that a while after I typed it, but was unable to edit anymore. But it's still used in many cold meds. I was trying to find a cold med WITHOUT it at my local grocery, for daytime use without the sleepies and an actual decongestant, and had a hard time finding one other than Dayquil.
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Old 09-05-2019, 07:31 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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OTC remedies should not be used in that way (daily whether needed or not). Especially NSAIDS. Glad to hear you stopped, and there was no damage.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3158445/

Older adults commonly take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) chronically. Studies of older adults show that chronic NSAID use increases the risk of peptic ulcer disease, acute renal failure, and stroke/myocardial infarction. Moreover, chronic NSAID use can exacerbate a number of chronic diseases including heart failure and hypertension, and can interact with a number of drugs (eg, warfarin, corticosteroids).
The problem is, what if you do have pain everyday? What can you take? Tylenol does nothing for me and is hard on the liver. I have fibromyalgia. Without the meds, I become non-functional.
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Old 09-05-2019, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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The problem is, what if you do have pain everyday? What can you take? Tylenol does nothing for me and is hard on the liver. I have fibromyalgia. Without the meds, I become non-functional.
Have you tried visiting a pain clinic? A multidisciplinary approach to relieving pain is popular now.

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/f...d-some-relief/
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I love benedryl. Best sleep ever. But I have read all the benedryl/dementia links so I only take it once a month or so.
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Old 09-08-2019, 04:43 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I love benedryl. Best sleep ever. But I have read all the benedryl/dementia links so I only take it once a month or so.
Check with your doctor about Melatonin. I've never really been a good sleeper, no problem falling asleep but staying asleep or going back to sleep again after waking up at 1AM.

I started taking Melatonin an hour or so before going to bed several years ago and it has seemed to help. I still only sleep 6 hours a night but it's now uninterrupted.
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