Pharmacy Corner
Counting Sheep Is Not Working: Insomnia Are over-the-counter sleep medications a good option?

It can be tempting to try over-the-counter drugs to help your insomnia. But before you do, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. 9

Most pharmacies have nighttime sleep aids stocked in the sleep aisle. The medicinal ingredient in these products is usually diphenhydramine, which is an antihistamine. Antihistamines are usually taken for allergies or common cold symptoms, but this particular antihistamine can make you drowsy so it can sometimes help for sleep.9

We have to be careful because these over-the-counter products can cause drowsiness during the day and do not improve the quality of sleep. They are only recommended for short-term use.9,10