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Is there any OTC medications for insomnia?
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Dr. Paul Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Antihistamines
Antihistamines like Diphenhydramine (benadryl) or similar sedating antihistamines are helpful in causing drowsiness.
Also, supplements like melatonin may be helpful in insomnia.

In brief: Antihistamines
Antihistamines like Diphenhydramine (benadryl) or similar sedating antihistamines are helpful in causing drowsiness.
Also, supplements like melatonin may be helpful in insomnia.
Dr. Paul Carter
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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Also consider Valerian root
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Some options
First off, try to find out the cause for the insomnia and treat it if possible.
Best not to use any medications at all and treat the root of the problem. However, there are some otc options to help with sleep including: tylenol (acetaminophen) pm, Benadryl or other forms of antihistamines. Melatonin can also help resetting circadian rhythm.

In brief: Some options
First off, try to find out the cause for the insomnia and treat it if possible.
Best not to use any medications at all and treat the root of the problem. However, there are some otc options to help with sleep including: tylenol (acetaminophen) pm, Benadryl or other forms of antihistamines. Melatonin can also help resetting circadian rhythm.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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David Miller
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Antihistamines
Be aware that antihistamines can build tolerance, which means that they will only make you sleepy for a few days to a week.
Use them sparingly or they will quit working for you. If your problem is more chronic, you need to see a doctor.

In brief: Antihistamines
Be aware that antihistamines can build tolerance, which means that they will only make you sleepy for a few days to a week.
Use them sparingly or they will quit working for you. If your problem is more chronic, you need to see a doctor.
David Miller
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