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Hi, can I take a nighttime sleep aid containing diphenhydramine & a nighttime decongestant?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Drugs: You can, but Diphenhydramine or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can work both as a sleep aid and a decongestant.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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