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Benadryl makes most people drowsy (it is actually the main ingredient in most of the over-the-counter sleep aids), so the first thing you should do is check to make sure that you're taking straight Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) with no decongestant. The decongestant (pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine) is usually the thing that makes people feel wired, and several types of Benadryl include a decongestant.

If you were taking the plain Benadryl and it still made you wired, you should probably try Zyrtec - it's very effective, actually works for 24 hours (so you don't have to take it nearly as much) and hopefully won't make you feel wired.