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A 35-year-old female asked:

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

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Drugs: You can, but Diphenhydramine or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can work both as a sleep aid and a decongestant.
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice 42 years experience
Probably : If you are a healthy female and have a common cold then it should not be a problem. If you have any other systemic respiratory problems then it would be best to consult with a physician before taking the otc meds you mentioned.
Last updated Jun 25, 2014

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