Is it ok to take cetirizine (an antihistamine) for sleep? Or, is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) better for sleep?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) If it works for that purpose, go ahead. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is one of the safest medicines around. It is incorporated in some pain and cough medicines to induce sleep. For this purpose, one may also try zyrtec.

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If I take zyrtec Cetirizine Hcl Tab 10 mg 24hr can I still take 50mg benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night for sleep?

Yes. Cetirizine is non-sedating while Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sedating antihistamine. While both of these medications can be taken in the same day without significant interaction, I would caution use of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as a sleep aide long term. There are a number of things you can do that don't require medication to assist in getting a good night sleep, including good sleep hygiene. Talk to your doctor for details. Read more...
Maybe. We cannot accurately comment on how to take meds without knowing what they are being taken for. If Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is taken to help you sleep, then I would try other methods (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/sleep/art-20048379). If for allergies, other approaches may also be better. That said, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is short acting and can be taken after using 10mg cetirizine. Read more...

I took 1 tablet of Zyrtec 10mg and flonase today at 10am. It didnt really help, my nose is still clogged. Can I take Benadryl before bed so that it helps me sleep?

Yes you can, but. you need to revise how are you taking those medicines. You need to flush your nose with saline and clear the nasal passages before using the Flonase, which has to used right, (directed backwards and outwards when inside your nose towards your ear). You can double the dose of Flonase or take it twice a day for a day or two, if all this doesn't help, better see your doctor / ENT for re-evaluatio. Read more...