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

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
When Zyrtec first came onto the market it was supposed to be a "non-sedating" antihistamine. However, at least 10% or more of patients get sleepy when they take it. Older antihistamines (Benadryl) cause a lot more sedation and may help you get to sleep. However, Zyrtec may be just enough to help you off to sleep and not grog you out too much the next morning.
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