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Excessive intake of antihistamine medication - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi,
User :   My question is, I just took 200 mg of Benadryl. I am not intentionally attempting to harm myself, just trying to fall asleep as I haven't slept in several days. Have I taken too much? Do I need to go to the ER? Do I need to have someone take me or call an ambulance?
User :   Correction I took 500 mg.
Doctor :   Its not only induces sleep, but inhibits the histamine mediated reactions in the body
Doctor :   I would ask you to rush to the ER now
Doctor :   and yes, do take a person with you
User :   By ambulance or personal vehicle?
Doctor :   personal vehicle is ok but you do not drive
User :   "inhibits the histamine mediated reactions in the body" what does that mean?
Doctor :   histamine is a chemical involved in reaction of the body to the foreign substances and also various other functions which can get halted and produce undue effects
User :   Okay. Is 500mg enough to kill me?
Doctor :   No,
User :   Okay good. How much is too much?
User :   If I go to the hospital will they admit me or let me come back home?
Doctor :   well it depends on the body weight , the built and presence of any medical illnesses
Doctor :   admission into the hospital is not expected
Doctor :   a detailed examination of you is necessary now
User :   Well I weigh about 170 lbs with an average build. How much is too much?
User :   Thank you for all of your assistance?
Doctor :   anything above 1000 mg would be really dangerous
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Do visit the ER now
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