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    Antihistamines and Sleep Problems

    Antihistamines and Sleep Problems

    Antihistamines, often used for relief of allergies, are sometimes prescribed to help people sleep. Examples of antihistamines are diphenhydramine (such as Benadryl) and doxylamine (such as Vicks Nyquil). Side effects may include daytime sleepiness, dizziness, mental sluggishness, and rapid heart rate. 1

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    1. Abramowicz M (2009). Drugs for insomnia. Treatment Guidelines from The Medical Letter, 7(79): 1?5.
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    Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
    Last Revised December 1, 2011

    Last Revised: December 1, 2011

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