Avoid using antihistamines as sleep aids

If you have trouble sleeping frequently, an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl may be a tempting option to help. However, Dr. Philip Alapat, assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, says antihistamines can be more harmful than helpful.

View the infographic below and read more about the side effects of antihistamines.


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  • I am a 66 year old female who has always had trouble falling asleep and maintaining sleep. Although my doctors have known for years that I’ve taken antihistamines for sleep, they never warned against it. Now they are not helping. After speaking with my doctor, he suggested 25MG Promethazine. It doesn’t help either. I cannot take Trazadone due to the never ending side effects. I don’t understand the reluctance to prescribe a sleeping medication.


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