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Question: Sleeping aid: Alternatives to Diphenhydramine & Prometha


 antiuser - Sun Aug 01, 2004 4:56 am

Are there any over-the-counter sleep aid medications with active ingredients other than Diphenhydramine or Promethazine? I took Phenergan (promethazine) for a while and it didn't have much effect on me. Recently I've switched to Sominex (diphenhydramine) and still have trouble falling asleep. I'm wondering what alternatives are there, if any.

Thanks in advance.
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Sun Aug 08, 2004 12:23 pm

User avatar Dear Antiuser,

Using overthecounter sleeping aids chronically is not recommended.

If you have chronic insomnia, you have to be seen by a health care professional to evaluate for the causes of your insomnia and then give you the appropriate sleep aid for it.

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