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dangers of benedryl?

seems that 25mg benedryl seem to help me sleep at night and lesson skin itch. i dont want ambien or addictive meds. my liver damage is very low but viral load high. am i making a dangerous decision? of course i will check with doc when we meet in a few weeks but u guys seem to have the scoop. thx, babs
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Hi -  I can't find the exact source but I have read that Benadryl is not harmful to your liver if taken correctly.  I don't sleep either and have taken it a few times this pat month.

Quote from a DR:


"As an antihistamine, long term use of the drug isn't particularly unusual, and I'm unaware of liver damage being caused by long term use of Benadryl alone, assuming you're taking normal doses of it, of course, and that you're not a heavy drinker or taking other drugs that are known to be pretty hard on the liver, like high doses of Tylenol, as those can cause liver problems on their own."
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I doubt that Benadryl is harmful since my children's doctor had me use it on them when they were very little.

My hepatologist has me on Ambien CR, so I don't think that will hurt either. I think not getting enough sleep is much more detrimental to us because that weakens the immune system as well as throwing the hormones all out of whack.

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I don't believe that Benadryl use in normal doses is more dangerous in the presence of hep c.  In fact, my husband, who has cirrhosis, has been given given Benadryl as a mild sedative, and was recommended to try it for his Riba itch (though it didn't help much with that, and he was given Atarax).  Hope that helps. ~eureka
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My hep doc has given me permission to take 50mg at night for sleep. He says it is perfectly safe and if it works, which it does, and doesn't cause a hangover effect, which is doesn't for me, I can take it every night.
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My doc said it was okay for me to take benadryl when I was on Hep C treatment.  It helped the itching and helped me sleep.  
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I couldn't have made it through treatment without my Ambien and like Diane I used it all of the time with my children when they were little (well not all of the time..........) and it was fine I doubt any pediatrician would prescribe it for children if it could possibly carry any risk.

Plus a ton of people here have taken it to help them over the years and I'd think by now someone would have advised against it.

I really don't know how much benedryl will help with the itch as the medications cause an eczema like reaction that is best handled by using good lotions to hydrate the skin. Benedryl did absoutely nothing for me with the 'riba-rash' (which we understand is caused by the interferon but still call it that).
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