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using benadryl as a sleep aid

A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Sleep aid: Melatonin is a possibility, but please discuss with his doctor first.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Antihistamines are not recommended for regular use. Tolerance can develop. Review with your doctor other options.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennings Godsy
16 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: It is safe and non-habit forming.
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Likely ok: but the quality of sleep from Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has not been studied yet. Thus although it is safe, you may or may not be getting the sleep q ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
33 years experience Neurology
See doctor: Always preferable to take prescription type of formula to treat specific sleep problems as opposed to taking drugs and using them for their side effec ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. R Sangal
Dr. R Sangal answered
43 years experience Sleep Medicine
Yes but: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) does cause sleepiness, and is found in many over-the-counter sleeping pills. Used here and there, now and then, it is fine ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Yes: Yes it is, it is the most commonly used over-the-counter sleep aid.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chang
17 years experience Pediatrics
Melatonin yes. : Melatonin yes. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) no. Why does he/she need so much to sleep well every night? I'd recommend further evaluation for why he/she ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Same thing: They all contain Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (or similar) and thus taking another brand is likely doubling up. It probably won't hurt but may or may w ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hummayun Ismail
32 years experience Sleep Medicine
Safe: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine and good for seasonal allergies. It's side effect is sleepiness which you are using to your advantage. ... Read More
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