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Shaun Dillavou, Pharmacist
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Experience:  Doctor of Pharmacy with 15 years experience in multiple settings.
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What is the best otc medicene to put me to sleep?

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What is the best otc medicene to put me to sleep?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: Diphenhydramine HCI 50mg
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: one moment please
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: since I'm diabetic I've been taking metformin,glipizide,lisinopril,multivitamines. I'm 64 years old.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  Shaun Dillavou replied 6 months ago.

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I am a pharmacist with 15 years experience. I would be happy to help answer any questions you have. There are several OTC options to help with sleep. Diphenhydramine (the active ingredient in Benadryl) is one of the most often used OTC medications to help with sleep. If you are looking for something more natural, melatonin can help promote sleep without causing the drowsiness. Melatonin is a naturally occurring chemical that helps the body know when it is time to go to sleep.

I generally recommend 5mg of Melatonin a few hours before you want to go to sleep, or 25mg of diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Sominex, etc.). Benadryl can cause you to feel "groggy" in the morning if you do not take it early enough. Either of these are safe with the medications you have listed.

If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.