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By December 1, 2014 - 6:37pm
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i have a friend that has a addiction to a over the counter sleep aid diphenhydramine 25 mg for over 15 years she has bin takeing 13 of them for the high no less then 2 times a day could this be harming her she gos to the doctors yet her addiction she hides she gets chest pain offten her doctor dont see anything wrong with her heart but could something be wrong with her could this amount of diphenhydramine that she has bin takeing for over 15 years be covering something that could be wrong with her yet if her doctor knew this she would know what to look for

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thankyou Susan for answering me and my friend well she gladly dont drive also

December 3, 2014 - 2:07am
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Hi Gemme

Thanks for your post! 

Diphenhydramine is an anti-histamine used for allergies and as an over-the-counter sleep aid.  It's also found in some cold medicines. 

It is not actually addictive, meaning a person cannot have a physical addiction to it, though a person could have a psychological addiction to anything. 

Overuse of this medication would cause excessive tiredness and difficulty working. Your friend should also not be driving. Your friend could not get high from this medication, just really groggy. 

She could also be experiencing difficulty with urination or rapid heart beat which may explain her chest pain. 

She needs to get off this medication and look after herself but she may need help to do that.  Talking to her doctor will be the first step in this process. 



December 2, 2014 - 5:41am
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