Benadryl for Sleep
Benadryl® (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) is an antihistamine product that is available both by prescription and over the counter. The drug is used for treating a wide variety of conditions. Most people use this medication to treat allergy symptoms, but many people may also use Benadryl for sleep.
Like many antihistamines, Benadryl also works as a sedative. This action has made the medication useful as a sleep aid but also limits the usefulness of the medication for other uses (since drowsiness can be a bothersome side effect). At this time, only prescription Benadryl products and certain non-prescription diphenhydramine products are approved to treat insomnia.
(Click Benadryl Uses for more information on using Benadryl for sleep, to learn about the use of this medication in children, and to find out about possible off-label uses for the drug.)