Most all medications are created to being working soon after you take them. Some of them will last a short time, other will last a long time, but all seem like they start working as soon as you take them. I was wondering if there’s something I can do to a pill such that it will take longer to dissolve so that the effects of the medicine won’t kick in for a while.
In my specific situation, it’s to help with my middle-of-the-night insomnia. I can fall asleep with no problem, but I often wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble returning to sleep. Benadryl helps me go back to sleep, but it lasts too long if I end up taking it at 4am. I’m groggy in the morning. And if I take it when I go to bed, it does no good because it has worn off by the time my insomnia hits. What I instead would like is to take a Benadryl before I go to bed, but have it wait for an hour or two before it takes effect. This would mean the drowsy effect would kick in while I’m still sleeping and help keep me asleep instead of waking up at 4am. The alternative is often sleeping pills with longer durations, but I don’t need all-night long benefits and they can have undesirable side effects.
Is there something I can put the pill in that will take a long time to dissolve? Like maybe something like hardtack or hard candy which I can use to coat the pill and then swallow whole?
Obviously, the standard disclaimers apply about messing around with medication, advice is not from doctors, etc.