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What's the best over-the-counter sleep medication?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Most have same med
Generally, the otc sleep meds tend to include Diphenhydramine as their active agent ( otherwise known as benedryl) grogginess is its working side effect in most.
There seems to be little benefit of any particular one over another. Some herbal preparations use meletonin with variable sucess. You might consider some simple cardio exercise (half hour) & a relaxing tub soak as a healthier alternative.

In brief: Most have same med
Generally, the otc sleep meds tend to include Diphenhydramine as their active agent ( otherwise known as benedryl) grogginess is its working side effect in most.
There seems to be little benefit of any particular one over another. Some herbal preparations use meletonin with variable sucess. You might consider some simple cardio exercise (half hour) & a relaxing tub soak as a healthier alternative.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Patrick Melder
The problem with benadryl is the body quickly develops tolerance to the sedating effects.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Limited benefit
The problem with otc meds is that most contain benadryl (diphenhydramine).
.. You quickly develop tolerance to its sleep effects. Melatonin should be used at the right time for it be effective.

In brief: Limited benefit
The problem with otc meds is that most contain benadryl (diphenhydramine).
.. You quickly develop tolerance to its sleep effects. Melatonin should be used at the right time for it be effective.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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