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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is it bad to take otc allergy medication to help fall asleep once in a while?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Whiting
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Try Melatonin: If you use Benedryl or some other OTC allergy medication to fall asleep once in awhile it won't hurt you. However, its not a perfect solution. These medications change your sleep architecture. You don't get the right balance of each stage of sleep to feel rested. You may feel hung-over in the morning. A better solution would be Melatonin. You can buy it a healthfood store. Sulingual is best
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Some people need more exercise than others to help them sleep. Increasing exercise (not within 4 hours of bedtime) can be a very healthy way to improve sleep. Exercise also reduces stress and adds a well-deserved boost to self-esteem, both of which also improve sleep quality.
Aug 17, 2014
Last updated Aug 18, 2014

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