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Mar 26, 2014 at 8:34 pm #1314872
Figured I'd pick up some Sleep-aid at the store today, throw a couple in my backpack kit. I've worked the night shift for over 20 years, so I run into streaks of restlessness sometimes anyway.
So I get home and grab my kit, pull out a little pill baggy and a slip of yellow paper from the drawer, being the cautious, responsible person that I am *cough* I was going to write down the dosage and name of the new pill addition to my traveling medicine kit so it was properly labeled. Never know if I'm found incapacitated and in need of my own meds.
For those of you in the know, you can probably see where this is going already. It appears I had some Diphenhydramine HCI already in there, aka: Benadryl. Turns out they're the same medicine. I'm certainly not offering any medical advice to anyone, but hey, it's multiple use gear!!Mar 26, 2014 at 9:12 pm #2086549Rex SandersBPL Member
The magic ingredient in most "help you sleep" non-prescription pills is, you guessed it, diphenhydramine, AKA Benadryl.
It makes most people sleepy. Not me. Used to keep me awake all night. Now it just clears up runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing.
You know – allergies. What Benadryl was invented for.
— RexMar 27, 2014 at 3:59 am #2086593J RBPL Member
I never use multi-symptom medicines because they are simply a much more expensive approach to providing medications that are already available separately and often bundle medications you want/need with some you don't. I've known for a long time that the active "sleep" ingredient in most OTC sleep aids is benadryl. If I want to sleep I can just take benadryl and not need to take extra tylenol with it. Just like if I have a runny nose I don't need cough medicine bundled with it. Buy cheap generics separately and treat only what needs to be treated.Mar 28, 2014 at 8:17 am #2087012Delmar O’DonnellMember
@bolsterLocale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Diphenhydramine is an interesting multi-use drug. It serves as sleep aid and antihistamine (sneezing, rash) as mentioned. But also works for motion sickness and anxiety.
And in some folks, it increases sleeplessness and anxiety! And slows down the urine stream.Apr 5, 2014 at 8:27 am #2089931Kelly GBPL Member
I was at Walmart the other day, and bought some allergy med. This medicine packaged as an allergy med is .88 for a package, but twice the price for the same qty if it's labeled as a sleep med. Funny.
KellyApr 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm #2090045
Was the dosage the same? Sleep meds I got this time were 50mg, whereas Benadryl is 25mg.Apr 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm #2090098Rebecca AudetteMember
@beckyinmaLocale: Wicked northern, Massachusetts
For those allergic to Nsaids like advil/ibuprophen, it can also be used as a mild pain killer.Apr 10, 2014 at 4:13 am #2091432Kelly GBPL Member
Glenn, Yes the same dosage. I did check for that.
KellyApr 10, 2014 at 9:32 am #2091546
I end up tossing my Benadryls in the trash when they expire since I never use them. I guess I'll buy generic allergy's to use as sleep aids then.Apr 10, 2014 at 9:44 am #2091552HkNewmanBPL Member
@hknewmanLocale: The West is (still) the Best
I'm highly allergic to mulberry and always bring these (in addition to an inhaler). You never know when those sneaky pollen particles will hitch a ride on an air current up a valley.Apr 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm #2092706Tony WongBPL Member
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
My wife is a R.N. and commented that one of the possible side effects of diphenhydramine is that it causes you to skip reaching R.E.M. state while sleeping.
It may knock you out, but the quality of your sleep might not be so great.
Just something to research to confirm or to consider before taking.
TonyMay 17, 2014 at 6:22 am #2103272
I never could take any of those "sleep aids", always made me stay up restless all night. I do however sometimes take a few melatonin pills with me as they help you fall asleep faster, I still wake up a bit, but not for as long as usual. The biggest thing for me is that my back starts to hurt when I'm not up and moving around. I find that a few ibuprofen usually along with the melatonin does the trick for those nights when I'm really having trouble getting to sleep.
Generally I try to avoid any drugs otherwise, as they seem to mess with my body. Random drowsiness, loss of energy, weird racing thoughts, anxiety, etc. Some people are more sensitive to that stuff than others I suppose.May 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm #2104064Gordon GrayBPL Member
@gordongLocale: Front Range, CO
Good call on the melatonin. I use that when my work schedule fluctuates and I need to quickly and safely change my sleeping patterns.
What I use for sleep now is zinc and magnesium. Google the combination for the details but it is supposed to help with sleep and muscle repair. I always wake up with morning woodro and a nice AM deuce. Enjoy that thought!May 19, 2014 at 12:59 pm #2104070Bob GrossBPL Member
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Instead of zinc and magnesium, for lightweight purposes maybe we should be considering aluminum and titanium.
–B.G.–May 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm #2104138J RBPL Member
>> I always wake up with morning woodro and a nice AM deuce. Enjoy that thought!
I like the UL approach, that way you can leave the trowel at home…May 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm #2104415Virginia CraftSpectator
I do agree though that Magnesium and Zinc are great additions and could be considered 'multi use gear' by their ability to relax you AND repair/recover muscles.May 22, 2014 at 7:00 am #2105074
"What I use for sleep now is zinc and magnesium."
I am definitely going to give that a try. Thanks for the suggestion!May 22, 2014 at 7:02 am #2105075
"I like the UL approach, that way you can leave the trowel at home…"
Bad (although amusing) mental image…… OUCH! haha!
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