True story. A couple of years ago I had a mild case of insomnia. I didn’t want to ask the doctor for a power and potentially habit-forming drug. So I took the OTC antihistamine Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride (sold under the brand name of Benadryl©). I guess my insomnia went away, but I got into the habit of taking the antihistamine every night before I went to bed. I guess it just became part of my bedtime routine.
My question is this. Taking Aspirin regularly is good for your heart. I recently heard Ibuprofen taken regularly may prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Can my taking antihistamine have any possible benefit? It blocks histamine–a destructive substance to begin with, I believe. So that’s good, isn’t it? Is there anyone out there with a medical degree who knows? Is there anyone without one that knows;) ?
(BTW I have told my doctors I am taking it and I talked to a pharmacist who said she couldn’t think of any harm in taking it long-term like I am.)