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    Is Benedryl Safe To Take Often? It Seems To Help Me If I Am In A Flare! It Also Helps Me Sleep!!!! Does Anyone Know If It Is Bad To Take Daily?
    I Have Heard That Some Medications Can Be Harmful To The Liver!

  • #2
    I take benadryl on a regular basis because the Atarax/Vistaril was aggravating my sleep issues. I guess you could check with your doctor to make sure you won't have any drug interactions, but I know many people take benadryl every day for allergies and don't have a problem with it.

    Sandy
    *IC-- Summer 2004; PFD--October 2005
    *Fibro--Fall 2000; CFS-- Fall 2000
    *MPS--Fall 2000; Crohn's disease-- 1997*IBS,GERD, *Migraines, hypothyroidism, GYN problems *Degenerative Disc Disease/scoliosis

    Total Abdominal Hysterectomy--adenomyosis--9\08

    04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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    • #3
      I was taking Benedryl long before I was diagnosed w/IC. It was helping me sleep at night-not realizing that it was actually helping my IC. Anyway my primary care Dr told me it was fine to take on a daily basis. But now I take hydroxyzine prescribed by my IC dr which is basically the same thing as Benedryl-an antihistamine. I take one pill before bed-two if I am having a bad day. It has helped me to get a full nights sleep w/o peeing all night. Now I just get up maybe once or twice a night. That is a big difference compare to b/f when I got up every hour or two.

      But as always check with your own dr

      Robin
      The happiest people don't neccessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything that comes their way!!



      Meds:
      IC: Elmiron, Tofranil, Hydroxyzine, Prosed DS, stool softener
      UC: Asacol

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      • #4
        why the benedryl??

        I was just wondering why you all take the benedryl and why does it help the IC? what wii it to?

        thanks

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        • #5
          Benadryl, like Atarax/Vistaril is an antihistamine that attacks mast cells in our bladders and throughout the body. The mast cells cause all sorts of nasty reactions.
          *IC-- Summer 2004; PFD--October 2005
          *Fibro--Fall 2000; CFS-- Fall 2000
          *MPS--Fall 2000; Crohn's disease-- 1997*IBS,GERD, *Migraines, hypothyroidism, GYN problems *Degenerative Disc Disease/scoliosis

          Total Abdominal Hysterectomy--adenomyosis--9\08

          04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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          • #6
            I take 75 mg of hydroxizine a night. When I stopped taking it when I was having problems paying for it, my bladder had a fit on me.
            'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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            • #7
              I've seen many people who are helped by antihistamines but any time I take one, whether it's Benedryl or anything of that sort, my bladder gets much worse. It does not help me at all. Yes, I get drowsy, and then I'm peeing every 5 minutes. Any drug that has what is known as an "anticholinergenic" response gives me this trouble. That's a big word for something or other lol but whatever it is, it doesn't work for me. I also get worse when I take Midrin, which is for migraines. I didn't use to get worse from Midrin before I came down with IC, but I do now. If I have a migraine, I have to take it to relieve the awful migraine pain, and then I dread bedtime because I know I'll be up every 5 minutes literally all night long due to the irritation it causes. So, it's either have a migraine or no migraine and up all night peeing. Great choice. I'm not sure what is causing this about these particular drugs, but it's too bad because I know it does help people. There's something about antihistamines that creates some type of spasm or irritation. I wish I knew why, because I sure would like to get relief from a cheap OTC drug! Plus the drowsiness would put me to sleep so I could get some rest. Darn! I'm very glad it helps some of you tho. Whatever works, keep taking it!

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              • #8
                Cst

                CST----Oh man, that sounds awful!!! I thought I had it bad! Yeah, it could definitely be worse! Getting up every five minutes WITH a throbbing headache would definitely be worse, that is SO AWFUL. I feel so bad for you. It sounds like a no win situation. Have you thought about a sleeping pill to at least help you get some rest? I take temazepam when I have sleeping trouble. The only thing is that once I do fall asleep I sort of wake up with a "sleeping pill hangover." Where I'm just groggy if I don't get at least 8 hours. Nine are better if I use a pill.

                Also, since you can't tolerate antihistamines, have you considered something else such as Zantac? It's an H2 blocker. Most people use it for heartburn but it can also be used for IC b/c it helps target a different aspect of the inflammation process that an antihistamine targets---which is histamine, which we don't need, duh. Inflammation is normally a good thing that helps our body heal. But obviously too much of it for no reason is a bad thing. Our IC has us inflammed for no good reason!!! So we really don't need this inflammation. Zantac you can get OTC. My DR has me on a dose of 150mg twice a day. If you get a prescription of generic it comes out cheaper.

                Also, another aspect of the inflammation process that you can target with drugs is leukotrienes. Leukotrienes contribute to inflammation. Singulair is a leukotriene inhibitor. Singulair is typically used to treat asthma but it can be used to treat IC as well b/c it helps reduce this inflammation process that causes us so much pain. I'm lucky that my insurance covers it b/c I think it costs around $100 for a one month supply.

                Anyway, just thought I'd let you know about some drugs that have helped me.
                Last edited by LeeAnn; 06-12-2007, 07:47 PM. Reason: .
                Lee Ann
                Current Rx Meds:
                Atarax, Ditropan, Elmiron
                Prior to pregnancy: The above 3 meds PLUS Neurontin, Topamax, Loratadine, continuous OrthoCyclen, Lidocaine Patches PRN, Temazepam PRN, & Vicodin PRN
                Hooray for babies!
                Misc. lifesavers: Hot baths, ThermaCare Heat Wraps, Ice Packs. The IC Diet has changed my life.
                Didn't work for me:
                Detrol LA, Amitryptiline, Morphine, Percocet, TENS unit, Interferential Pain Stimulator Unit, Hypogastric Plexus Nerve Block
                IC (Mod-Severe) since 1996

                UPDATE: 5/21/08 Pregnancy and breastfeeding afterwards have alleviated my IC symptoms more than anything, EVER. Most days are 100% pain free & I now have normal frequency (as long as I take these 3 meds).


                My little sweetie! Jack weighed 9 lbs 12 oz and was born via c-section on Feb. 28, 2008...

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                • #9
                  Thanks so much for the support and understanding. Yes, sometimes it does feel like a no win situation. Either hurt in one place or the other. Yikes...
                  I have taken sleeping medication in the past, but my bladder is so bad at times, nothing helps to keep me out of the bathroom. I have crummy health insurance right now, so I tend to take OTC if I can. I like Unisom for sleep - it doesn't affect my bladder in any negative way. I've also used valium (low dose) for sleep. I have a tendency to react badly to drugs, so I tend to be wary of anything until I very cautiously try it, but I will certainly keep the things you mentioned in mind. You never know what might help down the road! Thanks again for taking the time to give me some info, it's always appreciated!

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