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Posted by gary ( on January 13, 2000 at 12:48:18:

In Reply to: why benadryl?? posted by karen on January 13, 2000 at 07:41:02:

many years ago I discovered that Benadryl
(diphenydramine) both helps to moderate the overall cluster and works frequently as an attack abortive
I get the supermarket generic - it will be labelled different things, but the name will usually be some derivative of the chemical (our supermarket brand is called "diphedryl")

read the label
don't get combination forms - JUST the diphen....

it sems to be fairly benign, as far as drugs go
and I always try to stay with the "lightest" drugs possible for whatever state my CH is in

it works as a sleep aid - which of course helps given the tremendously fatiguing nature of CH

it also works to help shorten & lessen the individual attacks
ESPECIALLY the liquid version - our generic comes in 4 oz bottles -
it seems to get "on board" a lot quicker
use it at night a lot, especially when I don't have oxygen-
for me (slightly over 200#) it takes about 1/3 bottle to be effective

be sure to check with your dr, especially if you're taking any other meds
hope that helps some

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