Is Benadryl Addictive?

Benadryl® (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) is a commonly used antihistamine medication that is available without a prescription. It is not traditionally considered a drug of abuse, but some people may wonder, "Is Benadryl addictive?"
The active ingredient in Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is often used as a sleep aid. Because so many sleep aids (especially prescription ones) are somewhat "addicting," many people are concerned about the possibility of Benadryl addiction. However, Benadryl is not usually addicting, at least in the most common sense of the word.
People who regularly take Benadryl (especially for sleep) may find that they have become tolerant to the effects of the medication. However, this is simply a physical response to the medication; it does not mean you are addicted to Benadryl. If you have been taking Benadryl as a sleep aid regularly, you may also find that you have trouble sleeping when you stop the medication. This also does not necessarily mean you are addicted to Benadryl.
(Click Benadryl Addiction for more information on whether this drug is addictive and to learn about the potential dangers of Benadryl abuse.)
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