DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, and the following is NOT medical advice. It is merely a list of things that have helped others during opiate withdrawal. Before starting any regiment including any medicine, it is imperative that the patient discusses it with a licensed physician. Some of the medicine listed can react badly with certain foods and other medicines.
CAUTION: Consult a physician before taking diphenhydramine if taking any central nervous system depressant. CNS depressants include opiates/opioids, benzodiazepines (Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, etc.), barbituates, and alcohol.
USEFUL FOR: Insomnia
DESCRIPTION: Diphenhydramine has a variety of applications as an over-the-counter medicine. It is used to relieve allergies, motion sickness, and occasional insomnia. During withdrawal, it can help ease the insomnia that never seems to end. A common dose for the treatment of insomnia is 50 mg.
Finding the best price. Certain varieties of diphenhydramine can be very expensive, therefore, it is important to know how to identify products containing this as the active ingredient. Certain kinds of Benadryl and the sleep-aid Sominex may contain the exact same amount of the active ingredient, but differ in price. To be on the safe side, the only product which is applicable in this sort of situation is one which has ONE ACTIVE INGREDIENT, diphenhydramine. Brands which only contain diphenhydramine as the active ingredient include Sominex, Unisom, and Benadryl.
WHERE CAN I BUY IT?
- RxList – Diphenhydramine
- WholeHealthMD – Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride
- Erowid Diphenhydramine Vault : Bits & Pieces (dimenhydrinate vs. diphenhydramine)