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Why? He had Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which means the structures in his upper airway close when he falls asleep and he needs a machine called a CPAP to keep his airway open so he doesn't choke to death. Nobody checked on the gentleman for a couple hours, and when they did he was dead. This made him really drowsy now and he fell asleep. There was hospital error in this case in that they gave him too much opiate based medicine and failed to put him on his required CPAP machine. Opiates make you drowsy. He was given opiates for his pain. A couple hours later another nurse saw him, and because he was still in pain she gave him more opiates. Normally, when our bodies realize we are choking, our brains send out a signal to start coughing and moving around a bit to open up that airway a little so we can breath again. With his central nervous system so depressed, that natural reflex didn't work and the man choked to death in his sleep. True story: I was working in a hospital a few years back and a gentleman came into our ER after suffering a painful injury.
What happens when you take (too many/more than prescribed dose) Benadryl?
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Your physician may recommend another antihistimine or l you flat out never to mix the two. My long winded rambling point? Nine out of ten times mixing a little benadryl and your regularly prescribed dose of Xanax won't hurt you. I've done it myself when the pollen count got high, and I lived to l the tale. Better safe than sorry. Discuss it with your doctor before taking the two. Yours is a more complicated question than it may appear on the surface.
How dangerous could it possibly be? It could possibly prove to be fatal depending on how much of each you take and if you were drinking on top of it, and if you have a condition such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea and fell asleep while on the combination of meds. As a trained medical professional I always look at the worst case scenario just in case.
It is possible to depress your central nervous system right to death without even trying very hard. For that matter, so are opiates such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. Alcohol is a CNS depressant as well. They can slow both your respiratory and heart rate. You see, Xanax and Benadryl are both central nervous system (CNS) depressants.Benadryl interaction with xanax