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Benadryl + Show = Bad?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by behndy, May 19, 2011.

  1. behndy

    behndy Banned

    Nov 1, 2008
    hey y'all.

    got a show tonight. still a bit stuffed up from this death-flavored flu i've been battling. last show i played if i forgot to mouth-breathe than i was almost blowing snot bubbles. which........ is not a good look.

    i'm going to try to remember to take some kleenex onstage with me tonight, but anybody ever popped a few Benadryl or other antihistamine before playing? bad idea? they usually don't hit me that hard, but i move around a bit live. not anywhere near Flea levels, but i get my heart rate up.

  2. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    There's so many better OTC antihistamines to take with a much lower incidence of drowsiness - Zyrtec, Allegra and Claritin, in order of effectiveness according to the medical literature.
  3. behndy

    behndy Banned

    Nov 1, 2008
    cool. good to know. i rarely take anything (OTC, recreational or prescription) so i have NO knowledge about what's what.

    i'll pick up some Zyrtec on the way out there.

  4. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    I used to always get sinus effects from hot stage lighting...when we were playing a lot I'd always have some Sudafed on hand...worked like a charm on the drippy face nozzle and it made everything pleasingly speedy.
  5. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    Why don't you just do some real drugs?
  6. behndy

    behndy Banned

    Nov 1, 2008
    sh*********. i ALREADY have everybody around me thinking i'm doing blow 'cause i'm sniffing so much. might as well.

    naw. i'm such a freaking lightweight. if i tried anything hard now after so long i'd probably just fall over, head exploding Scanner's styley.
  7. I had a similar situation about 8 years ago when I had a horrible upper-respiratory infection and no one to fill in for me, so I had to suck it up and take whatever I could to make it through the night, and the only thing I had at the time was Nyquil. In retrospect, I should've 1) waited until I got to the gig before I took some and 2) not drank half the bottle.

    The last thing I remember on the way to the gig was driving through two red lights. And I don't remember even playing the gig, but I know I played it because I had some money in my bass case the following day. :bag:

    So Benadryl during the show is fine, just be sure you're already there before you take it, lol.
  8. f.clef

    f.clef Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    Seconded! Not the off the shelves, but OTC nonetheless. They're old school, respected, and are still allowed. Show your license (or somebody else's) and get the psuedo-ephedrines. They work for the gig.
  9. Art Araya

    Art Araya

    May 29, 2006
    Palm Coast, FL
    benadryl makes me sleepy - i'd go for claritin...
  10. Jim Kernan

    Jim Kernan

    Sep 25, 2008
    Zyrtec, Allegra and Claritin, probably are not strong enough for a head cold. Just my experience.
  11. Well, you said it doesn't hit you too hard, so you shouldn't worry too much. Benadryl usually will make you a bit sleepy, so I'd go with what the other posters have said about ones that cause less drowsiness. Ideally, if you have the time, you could test a few out at practice to see which ones work best for you. And, if all else fails, a little bit of caffeine can help counteract the sleepiness.
  12. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I used to have a reliable pattern: Claritin if I wanted to be "up", and Benadryl if I wanted to sleep. Then Claritin removed the pseudoephedrine from their product (only in Oregon and a couple other states that are cracking down on meth production), and I found Claritin didn't do squat for me anymore. It was all about the pseudoephedrine! So that's what Sudafed is, and that's what I'd suggest for a gig.
  13. behndy

    behndy Banned

    Nov 1, 2008
    **** YES. little bits of legal meth? gimme.

    i picked up some Claritan. lulz.... i think i'm gonna avoid the NyQuil. i got prescribed some Robitussin with Codeine in it. that already gets me tipsy sleepy.

    any more "damn i shouldn't a taken that" stories?

    i was playing a show once, a friend unbeknownst to me, was selling acid. as i walked past him to the stage somebody bumped him, he spilled almost the whole vial of liquid he was pouring on sugar cubes on me. i didn't really notice.

    LUCKILY i'd tripped ballz before. 10 minutes into our set i was like, "i..... am... on acid. huh.". VERY interesting show.
  14. rosanne


    Sep 30, 2004
    SF Bay Area
    Absolutely avoid anything with codeine in it! I learned the hard way. Took some before a gig cause I had a cough, and it completely threw me off. First song we played, tho I was in the right key, it sounded (to me) like the wrong key, so I couldn't sing it correctly! Sounded like s***. Played that whole gig in a fog.
  15. Oh, I am so sigging that if you don't mind.
  16. For you maybe, crowd was probably wondering why the bassist of the band was standing slackjawed staring into the lights the whole time...

    As someone who has done their fair share of "experimentations," my experience with playing bass while my brain was en route to jupiter ended up with me hitting open strings and admiring the awesomeness of the vibrating multi colored living breathing snake-worm that seemed to be crawling all over the front of my bass. It was HELLA cool, just not very "musical."
  17. So now that it's too late...how DID you survive the gig?
  18. behndy

    behndy Banned

    Nov 1, 2008
    yeah. NO. i'm TOTALLY not saying i did well at that gig. i got a lot of funny looks from my guitar player (my little Laotian gangster buddy that ALWAYS played blazed), my drummer kept yelling at me and asking if i was ok, (i guess "faaaGAHHH. BLOOP." wasn't a reassuring answer), and my singer kept telling me that pants stayed ON while we played. NOT a good show. fun, but definitely not something i want to do again.

    actually worked out ok. i took about 600x the recommended dose of Claritan (not really. just a few tabs), felt a'ight until three songs in, freaking CRASHED for half a song, felt better the rest of the set. drank a buncha the magical, lovely Codeine-a-tussin and was a little too talkative and spacey till we went home.

    i. hate. being. sick. glad this freaking hantavirus is almost done.
  19. svtb15

    svtb15 Banned

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig. Q+
    Not Benadrly.. but something way stronger..A few years ago i did a Mega church gig.. Fell in the shower that morning and broke two ribs .. gig must go on right???... A "person" ;)gave me a Percodan ... I saw god during that service... The recordings came out great.. i was on total auto pilot..

  20. behndy

    behndy Banned

    Nov 1, 2008
    yeah. i played with a friend one time that broke his leg in three places playing basketball earlier in the day. played in a chair doped up pretty good...... struggled through.

    people can do some amazing stuff sometimes. 'course, he slept for about 2 days after that.

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