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Although Benadryl is not considered a drug of abuse, it is possible for a person to become addicted to it. Addiction to this sleep aid is often a psychological problem. People believe they cannot sleep without the medication, and will experience insomnia if they do not take it. If you think you have a problem with addiction to Benadryl, talk to your healthcare provider.
An Overview of Benadryl Addiction
Benadryl® (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) is a commonly used antihistamine medication. It is available without a prescription. Although it is not traditionally considered a drug of abuse, it is possible for a person to become dependent on the medication. There have even been reports of misuse of the medication for recreational purposes.
Will I Become Addicted to Benadryl?
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 mean you are addicted to Benadryl.
Sometimes, people become dependent on Benadryl in order to fall asleep. Often, this dependence is merely psychological. People believe they cannot sleep without the medication, and as a result, they experience insomnia if they do not take it. To overcome this problem, an individual may need to relearn good sleep habits (such as establishing a regular bedtime routine and avoiding caffeine late in the evening).