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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take gravol, dramamine (dimenhydrinate) to help sleep?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Confused?: Dramamine is the over the counter med for motion sickness. Diphenhydramine or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is what is in all rh over the counter sleep meds. It might put you to sleep but destroys normal sleep architecture and even after sleeping 9 hoursyouight awaken as though you hardly slept and feel groggy. Sometimes it backfires and keeps older people awake too.
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Dr. Gary Richardson
Sleep Medicine 39 years experience
Not recommended: Gravol is a combination of diphenhydramine, a sedating antihistamine, and chlorotheophylline, a mild stimulant, which is added to counteract the sleep-inducing effects and allow use during the day as an anti-nausea treatment. Because of this, it's not very effective for insomnia, and may actually have the opposite effect, disturbing sleep later in the night.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

If i take dramamine (dimenhydrinate) would it put me to sleep?

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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Maybe: But unlikely. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or melatonin do a better job for most patients. Avoid all medications during pregnancy. Tip: get up very early in the morning and you will be very tired for the next night.
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