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Old 12-04-2011, 05:13 AM   #1
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Benadryl

Does anyone take Benadryl and find it messes with their weight?
My doctor told me it is not weight neutral and can affect my weight...

Just wondering if anyone notices any difference when they take it.

I get weird rashes, I seem to have allergic reactions to a lot of things now. I don't want to go for allergy testing...

Does anyone have something weight neutral they do for rashes?
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:45 AM   #2
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I take benadryl. I have not notice it messing with my weight.
But I am a slow loser.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:04 AM   #3
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I take a benadryl each night so I can sleep in the same room as my dogs and still breathe. I've done this for 20 years. Maybe it does slow my weight loss, but I'd rather have that than banish the dogs to another room.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:13 AM   #4
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I was taking Benadryl every night as a sleep aide. I weaned myself off of it and found it has no effect on my weight. But I do wake up a lot less groggy, and I actually go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier.
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:19 PM   #5
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I remember reading (somewhere) that some antihistamines can stimulate appetite.
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:54 PM   #6
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I take 4-5 a night to sleep and have done so for many years. Haven't noticed any effect on my weight loss.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:43 PM   #7
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If u have a rash, u can use benadryl as a topical.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:50 AM   #8
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Have you tried zyrtec? I get weird random hive like welts and I'm not sure why but the zyrtec seems to help a little. Maybe you should just try out some other antihistamines.
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I take it. And yes it does make me hungry. I am however use to taking it,so I don`t cave in and eat.I have cut it down,though.
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It can make you gain, or lose more slowly.

I know you said that you don't want allergy testing, but I really think you should reconsider that. I understand if it's a matter of money or insurance, but if not then I strongly encourage testing. It and immunotherapy has done me a world of good.

Barring that, there are various herbal treatments that might help and don't cause as many nasty side effects.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:00 AM   #11
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I started Vistril (prescription form of Benedryl) last year for a sleep disorder. My weight loss has stalled since then. I restarted induction a few weeks ago and it is slow going. I think I need to stop taking it. I would say get off it if you can.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:39 AM   #12
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Hi, Psmiley . I take diphenhydramine, sometimes, as it really helps with allergy symptoms. It does seem to disrupt something, perhaps a certain balance of hormones. I find it causes me to gain weight, as well as triggering an appetite. During the worst of the pollen season, it is still the only thing that makes it possible for me to sleep and breathe well.

I plan to keep the histamine intake in my food as low as possible, next spring, so that I can be very sparing in the use of antihistamines.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:59 AM   #13
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I take it, and have not noticed any effects on my weight. But I have noticed that it stimulates my appetite, so I can see how for some people it would affect their weight. I take it about an hour before I go to bed, and don't allow myself to eat if I am still awake by the time the munchies kick in.

I've read that Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine. I am currently weaning myself off of the benadryl and adding Vitamin C to see if that will do the trick. Too soon to tell. The juniper bloom in January will be the real test.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:09 PM   #14
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Does anyone have an opinion as to whether or not the gain could be caused by being tired (side effect) and subsequently eating more to get a 'lift'? I've never had an issue with an oral antihistamine causing direct cravings for food, but I definitely notice I'm tired (and want to eat because I think it will give me more energy - so I usually lean on caffiene!).

Just curious! I've actually switched to nasal sprays, but I'm not sure they work all that well....
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:23 PM   #15
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I get weird rashes from Splenda (sucralose)... I take Benedryl every night and it hasn't affected my weight loss.

Prescription nasal sprays typically contain a steriod which can totally affect weight...
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:26 PM   #16
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NCGirl, I've wondered it is the tiredness, too. For me, it seems to be several factors.
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Forgot to mention for others who are suffering from airborne allergens that a neti pot helps. It's not a cure by any means, but it helps. I'm hoping that between the neti pot and the Vit C maybe I can start to get by without any medications. The effects of the benadryl are tolerable, and in fact I even like that it's a sleep-aid. It's just that I'm nervous at the thought of being on a medication for the rest of my life, and that seems to be where this is headed unless I do something about it! So if anyone has any other suggestions, I am all ears!
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Gretalyn, I found that staying away from grains, legumes, nuts/seeds/their oils, any form of sugar or artificial sweeteners, nightshades, FODMAPs, and any processed foods, took away several layers of symptoms. Also, staying away from preservatives/additives/chemicals. It took several years to weed out those things from my diet, but it has been worth it. Sometimes I also eliminate or greatly reduce using dairy products during pollen season.

Drinking more water and getting enough exercise and rest helps me, too.

It's been quite a puzzle for me.

Best wishes to all for staying free of symptoms.
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AuntieEm - thanks, glad to know someone else out there feels that way!

Gretalyn - I do the nasal irrigation (which is basically the same thing, I'm too cheap to by the pot), and it works for the short term, but I've found the congestion comes back and it doesn't do much for the inflammation. That said, I use it once (sometimes twice!) a day...hoping it gets rid of at least some of the irritants.

I guess it depends on the severity of your allergies - the first time I was tested, I came back with no allergies. The second time - 21 reactions...just for trees (doesn't count the dogs, cats, mold....). I feel for anyone who suffers, good luck!!
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It can make you gain, or lose more slowly.

I know you said that you don't want allergy testing, but I really think you should reconsider that. I understand if it's a matter of money or insurance, but if not then I strongly encourage testing. It and immunotherapy has done me a world of good.

Barring that, there are various herbal treatments that might help and don't cause as many nasty side effects.
It is pure fear.
I had a really bad allergic reaction after I had my daughter. I spent 5 days with an agonizing rash that was worse than my c-section scar. I finally yelled at the ob-gyn that my dermatologist didn't treat my vagina and he couldn't treat my rash...and so they had a derm student come in and give me some steroids and it took another 3 weeks for my rash to fully go away.
I itched so bad that it made me cry every day. It was the most awful feeling.

I'm afraid to get allergy tested because I am afraid I will get another rash like that and no one will help me again.
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:47 PM   #21
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I was just wondering why would one need weaned off benadryl?
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:23 PM   #22
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I was just wondering why would one need weaned off benadryl?
If you use it to help you sleep you get used to it and can't sleep without it. Then it takes more and more...
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:28 PM   #23
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oh I see. I take 1 or 2. when I need it mostly because my nose itches like crazy and it does help. But I don't want to use something that stalls weight loss.
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It is pure fear.
I had a really bad allergic reaction after I had my daughter. I spent 5 days with an agonizing rash that was worse than my c-section scar. I finally yelled at the ob-gyn that my dermatologist didn't treat my vagina and he couldn't treat my rash...and so they had a derm student come in and give me some steroids and it took another 3 weeks for my rash to fully go away.
I itched so bad that it made me cry every day. It was the most awful feeling.

I'm afraid to get allergy tested because I am afraid I will get another rash like that and no one will help me again.

I understand... when I was a small child I had allergies even worse. I got hives (severe allergic rash) on an almost daily basis. I would scratch until I bled sometimes and then still keep scratching, crying the whole time. So yeah, I've been there. Going to an allergist for treatment completely changed my life. I *know* how scared you are, but an allergist (specialist in allergies) will understand and be able to treat you unlike any other doctor. They will not allow that to happen to you.

Side note, it was probably a medication that you were given that caused that reaction. Medications are capable of MUCH worse reactions than simple pollens because of the time it takes for them to filter out of your body.
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If you use it to help you sleep you get used to it and can't sleep without it. Then it takes more and more...
Yup.

Been taking it since 1999 and up to 5 a night now and that sleepiness I got is already starting to ween at 5. I refuse to take anymore.
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Gretalyn, I found that staying away from grains, legumes, nuts/seeds/their oils, any form of sugar or artificial sweeteners, nightshades, FODMAPs, and any processed foods, took away several layers of symptoms. Also, staying away from preservatives/additives/chemicals. It took several years to weed out those things from my diet, but it has been worth it. Sometimes I also eliminate or greatly reduce using dairy products during pollen season.
Giving up grains and legumes has made a tremendous difference for me! And keeping my carbs reduced and my blood sugar under control seems to reduce some of my body's inflammation issues and also keep my immune system stronger so that at least I don't get secondary infections from colds and allergy flare-ups. That's a HUGE improvement right there.

I've experimented with eliminating dairy and then adding it back, and it didn't seem to make any noticeable difference for me (but I tend to only eat dairy that is either fermented like yogurt and/or is mostly just fat like cheese and butter, so maybe those are a little safer?). I've never tried eliminating nuts and seeds. And I sure don't want to, but maybe I should at least give it a shot and see. The list of FODMAPs seems almost endless. What's left to eat? Is there anything from the plant kingdom that you can safely tolerate? It sounds really hard. How do you do it???


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Gretalyn - I do the nasal irrigation (which is basically the same thing, I'm too cheap to by the pot), and it works for the short term, but I've found the congestion comes back and it doesn't do much for the inflammation. That said, I use it once (sometimes twice!) a day...hoping it gets rid of at least some of the irritants.
That sounds similar to my experience. It's helps, but . . . only so much.

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I guess it depends on the severity of your allergies - the first time I was tested, I came back with no allergies. The second time - 21 reactions...just for trees (doesn't count the dogs, cats, mold....). I feel for anyone who suffers, good luck!!
I've never been tested, but I was first diagnosed almost ten years ago now, with ragweed allergy (this diagnosis was based on the fact that it was ragweed season in Oklahoma, where I was visiting family, at the time). It stayed unchanged for a few years, but then I started having the same reaction during tumbleweed season here in New Mexico. Then chamisa got added to the list. Then junipers. And then I lost track, but basically now there is *something* to give me trouble at any and all times of the year!
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I am pretty sure some allergy centers draw blood and can find out your allergy that way instead of the "prick test" where they actually prick you with the allergen.
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I am pretty sure some allergy centers draw blood and can find out your allergy that way instead of the "prick test" where they actually prick you with the allergen.
They can, and if they absolutely cannot do a prick test then they will. But, the prick test is more accurate and the preferred method.
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Benedryl has the opposite effect for me. It feels like speed. I discovered that one night when I took it to help me sleep. Apparently some people (children too) get this effect instead. Just thought I would mention it.
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They can, and if they absolutely cannot do a prick test then they will. But, the prick test is more accurate and the preferred method.
I had both done.

The blood is usually the first test and if nothing pans out, they move to the prick test as it covers FAR more allergens.
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