Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine for allergies that is also used in sleep medications because it causes drowsiness: Benadryl, Tylenol PM (acetaminophen plus diphenhydramine), Advil PM (ibuprofen plus diphenhydramine), Sominex, Unisom, Robitussin, and many more.
Patients age 70 and older given diphenhydramine as a sleep aid had a 70% increased risk of mental changes including disorganized speech and problems with attention.
A study of older adults living in a nursing home found a 26% increased risk of dementia in those who regularly took anticholinergic drugs (including diphenhydramine).
Safe Sleep with Melatonin.
Melatonin can help you sleep without risk of dementia.
Take before bedtime –1-2 hours. Not a sedative –melatonin tells the body it is time to get ready for rest, and helps start the winding down process.
Kids ages 6 and up: 2.5 mg; Adults: 5 -10 mg
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