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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...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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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 Kava, Chamomile, Passion Flower, Hops, Skullcap & California Poppy. Melatonin is always a good option. Kava 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