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How to withdraw Unisom intake? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2014
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User:I have taken Unisom for years as many as 3 50mg tablets per night. I stopped taking 2 days ago and have chills, hot flashes, and nauseau (not to the point of vomiting). I am 68 years old and a controlled diabetic. Should I gradually eliminate Unisom or should I gradually elimanate? What are some side affects I need to be aware of.
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User:Also last A1C showed borderline kidney reading. Could this be caused by lack of hydration?
User:Lack of hydration because of the benadryl
User:I'm sorry. Are you there?
Doctor:Yes, I am here
Doctor:I was reading your question
Doctor:It is best to taper off any medicine that you have been taking for a long time
User:What mg should I take?
Doctor:You should start by reducing by one tablet a week
Doctor:Then when you reach one tablet a day, continue that for one week
User:Could the borderline kidney reading be a result of not being hydrated and taking so much benadryl?
Doctor:after that you should decrease it by half tablet for another week
Doctor:and then you can stop it
Doctor:Benadryl doesn't cause kidney damage
Doctor:It is due to high blood pressure and diabetes
Doctor:even when in control these can cause slow damage to the kidneys
User:Okay. I assume hydration is very important.
Doctor:Yes, of course hydration is very important
User:Thank you for your information.
Doctor:is there anything else I can help you with?
User:No. Thank you.
Doctor:You are most welcome
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Doctor:I hope you will have a great day ahead
Doctor:Take care
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