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Diphenhydramine (for example, Benadryl, Sominex, Compoz) is a sedating antihistamine. It is primarily recommended for the treatment of allergic reactions or stuffiness due to a cold. Drowsiness is one of the side effects of diphenhydramine and therefore it is used as a sleep aid; individuals should be ready to attempt sleep before taking any sleep aid and should not attempt to drive or do any activity that would compromise their safety if they become sleepy. Melatonin may be effective in some individuals for treating insomnia. Studies regarding its benefits have been inconclusive; however, melatonin has few side effects.
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