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Daily use of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep aid on a 16-month-old. Are there long term side effects?

Daily use of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep aid on a 16-month-old.  Are there long term side effects?

Nothing major: Benadryl can alter the sleep pattern some with diminished time in deep (recuperative) sleep stage. I would never consider chronic use in an infant. I would encourage you to write down all your prior sleep related efforts along with what happens at bedtime. Bring this in to discuss with the kids doc. ...Read more

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Is doxepin 10mg a good sleep aid for insomnia and what is the main side effects from it?

Is doxepin 10mg a good sleep aid for insomnia and what is the main side effects from it?

Doxepin: At higher doses, it works as an antidepressant, but at the dose u mentioned it is prescribed for sleep mainly. ...Read more

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I was consid. Sub. Melatonin for seroquel (quetiapine) as I have iss. W/ the side effects. Weigh about 90 lbs what dose of melat. Wld be advisable? For Sleep aid?

I was consid. Sub. Melatonin for seroquel (quetiapine) as I have iss. W/ the side effects. Weigh about 90 lbs what dose of melat. Wld be advisable? For Sleep aid?

First and foremost: Do not discontinue Seroquel (quetiapine) without discussing this with your prescribing physician, That said, 3 mg of Melatonin is a reasonable starting dose if you weight 90 lbs. ...Read more

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How safe is zzzquil sleeping aid and what are some side effects?

How safe is zzzquil sleeping aid and what are some side effects?

Sleep medication: See: http://www.Drugs. Com/sfx/zzzquil-side-effects. Html. Many people find Diphenhydramine helpful for sleep. ...Read more

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I take low dose of Nyquil occasionally as a sleep aid and its quite effective. A side effect for me is relief from Anxiety symptoms the next day. Why?

I take low dose of Nyquil occasionally as a sleep aid and its quite effective.  A side effect for me is relief from Anxiety symptoms the next day. Why?

Sedating: Anxiety is often relieved with sedating medications and in fact hydroxyzine (another sedating antihistamine) has been used for treating anxiety. ...Read more

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Are there any negative effects of using Melatonin long term as a sleep aid?

Are there any negative effects of using Melatonin long term as a sleep aid?

Pretty safe: But, long-term use could lead to decreasing benefit if taken at too frequent intervals and at escalating amounts. But typically, can last a lot longer than many prescription sleeping pills. ...Read more

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What is a powerful sleep aid?

What is a powerful sleep aid?

Sleep: Are you taking about drugs or otc products? Your doctor has prescrition soporifics tthat are more potent than otc but have the potential for tolerance and habituation. Discuss it with him. What is the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC sleep aid?

What is the best OTC sleep aid?

OTC sleep aid: Several- benadryl, (diphenhydramine) unisom, valerian, melatonin etc. But they have potential side effects. ...Read more

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What's the best natural sleep aid?

What's the best natural sleep aid?

There is no best: There's no "best" natural sleep aid. What works for one person may not work for another. Melatonin and valerian root are two commons natural sleep aids. Usually though following proper sleep hygiene and making lifestyle changes works just as well, are long term successful strategies, and are cheaper. ...Read more

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Which is a good sleep aid?

Which is a good sleep aid?

There are quite a : Few excellent sleep medications. Here are some over the counter natural remedies: chamomile, melatonin ; valerian root. Some people use benadryl (diphenhydramine). Your physician can prescribe sleep medication for you as well. Take care. ...Read more

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How is the zzzquil sleep-aid?

How is the zzzquil sleep-aid?

It works for some: I works for some people. Its considered relatively safe however discuss this as an option with your physician. ...Read more

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Can you use gravol as a sleep aid?

Can you use gravol as a sleep aid?

Gravol: I don't know which gravol product you're talking about -- there are several of them. http://tinyurl.com/lar4efy the ones with ginger only probably would not help you sleep, but the ones with dimenhydrinate in them might. Please discuss with your own physician, as i also don't know what other medications you might be taking. ...Read more

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Could rexall sleep-aid really work?

Could rexall sleep-aid really work?

Yes: It contains Diphenhydramine hcl 25 mg. This is an anti-histamine which can cause drowsiness. It is for occasional sleep issues. ...Read more

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What's a good sleep aid recommendation?

What's a good sleep aid recommendation?

Sleep recommendation: It really depends on the cause of the insomnia. If "pure" initial insomnia that comes and goes randomly lasting for only a few days, over the counter remedies can help. Diphenhydramine, melatonin, or valerian root can work — but must be from reputable producers. Sonata, (zaleplon) lunesta, or Ambien are prescription aids. Many use trazadone, gabapentin, mirtazipine, or tricyclic antidepressants as well. ...Read more

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Most preferred over-the-counter sleep aid?

Most preferred over-the-counter sleep aid?

Discuss with MD: Please don't rely on internet searches to answer this question. Have a consult with your own physician who knows you, your medical history, possible causes of difficulty in sleeping, and how best to help you. This is not a cookbook recipe issue. ...Read more

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Might I take universal ZMA as a sleep aid?

Yes: Zma is a preparation of zinc, magnesium and a b vitamin. It is marketed mainly as a strength building supplement but is also marketed as a sleep aid (they add tryptophan, which can enhance sleep). ...Read more

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Is there a sleep aid that is not addictive?

Is there a sleep aid that is not addictive?

Different options: Some herbals that are used to help sleep include Valerian, Kava, Chamomile, Passion Flower, Hops, Skullcap & California Poppy.
Melatonin is always a good option. Kava can cause liver problems. ...Read more

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Please describe a good sleep aid medication?

Please describe a good sleep aid medication?

OTC sleeping pill: Best sleep aid is to find & treat the cause of lack of sleep. Some otc sleep aids are melatonin for occasional insomnia. ...Read more

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Can melatonin work for an occasional sleep aid?

Can melatonin work for an occasional sleep aid?

Yes: In my experience, melatonin has been very useful, and a lot safer than many prescription sleeping pills. May require 2 or 3 pills to help, but seems quite successful in very small amounts. In spite of otc status, if you have a sleep disorder, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, I need a sleep aid recomendation?

Hello doctors, I need a sleep aid recomendation?

Sleep aid: Otc aids include melatonin, diphenhydramine, and herbals such as valerian root and chamomile. Prescription aids include ambien, Lunesta, sonata, (zaleplon) anti-depressants, and anti-anxiety meds. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use childrens benedryl as a sleep aid?

Is it ok to use childrens benedryl as a sleep aid?

Many do: This is a common ingredient in most over the counter sleep aids. It does make most people groggy, like alcohol. Over the long term it interferes with attaining the deep restorative sleep that we need to function. In short, you get to sleep but not good sleep. I would review the issue with your doc & see if changing some lifestyle or pre-sleep patterns might help you more. ...Read more

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What are good over-the-counter meds for sleep aid?

OTC sleep aid: Melatonin, diphenhydramine, and herbals such as valerian root and chamomile are examples. ...Read more

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Can I take tazadone and an over-the-counter sleep aid?

Can I take tazadone and an over-the-counter sleep aid?

Would not advise: Trazodone dose is normally adjusted to improve sleep; adding a separate sleep aid makes it difficult to figure out when you have achieved the best dose of trazodone for your condition. You & your doctor will work together toward three obectives with dosing. Trazodone should help you
1 fall asleep quickly
2. Remain asleep all night
3. Not leave you groggy in the morning.
See your doctor if needed. ...Read more

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What is the correct dose for melatonin as a sleep aid?

0.3 mg-3 mg: Start with lower dose and work up as needed. Only use melatonin for < 3 months. New data suggests trying the lowest dose range before pushing to more conventional 1-3 mg as the brain may be more responsive to it than we thought. Too much can cause headache, nausea, nightmares, morning grogginess. Don't use if pregnant, have cancer, diabetes, depression, seizures, auto immune disease, lymphomas. ...Read more

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How risky is it to take a sleep aid pill every night?

How risky is it to take a sleep aid pill every night?

That depends: I would discuss the type of sleep aid with your pharmacist or physician. Many sleep medications specifically state that they are for short term use only. Some medications work through use of anti-histamines & their chronic use can sometimes lead to rebound insomnia. Chronic use of other sleeping medications may lead to tolerance. ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter nighttime sleep aid should I use?

The choice is yours.: I will make some natural remedy suggestions: valerian root, chamomile and melatonin. If those aren't available to you — benardryl is easy to get. Make sure you are using excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco >. ...Read more

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Is zispin safe in general and is it any good for a sleep aid?

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Is zispin safe in general and is it any good for a sleep aid?

Zispin: Also, called Mirtazapine (remeron), it is an antidepressant with sedating properties. One concern is weight gain. Discuss with your doctor first. Safer option would be melatonin, if u have not tried it. ...Read more

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If I take 4 50 mg of equate nighttime sleep aid is it gonna hurt me?

If I take 4 50 mg of equate nighttime sleep aid is it gonna hurt me?

It may be harmful: It may be harmful to take 200mg of diphenhydramine a night, since the recommended dose is 25-50mg a night. That means it is time to work with one's primary care doctor to see what the sleeping problem is all about. The doctor may refer one to a sleep doctor or other specialist as needed. ...Read more