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The Side Effects of Allergy Treatments

Mar 16, 2004 | Newsday

Benadryl worked like a charm for me. It stopped all my allergy symptoms and then put me to sleep at night. Unfortunately, it also kept me from urinating. Is there another drug out there that will do the job for me?

Diphenhydramine (found in Benadryl, Tylenol PM, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Tavist Nighttime

Allergy, Som- inex) comes with a warning about prostate problems and urination difficulties.

A number of over-the- counter cold and allergy remedies also carry such a warning. Ask your doctor about antihistamines that would be safe for you.

Prescription Zyrtec or Allegra might be such a product. Is there a correlation between blood pressure drugs and insomnia?

Several years ago I was diagnosed with hypertension. Ever since I started taking medicine for this problem, I have had severe insomnia. I can fall asleep, but then I wake up with awful nightmares and cannot get back to sleep.

A surprising number of medications (certain antibiotics, antidepressants, asthma drugs, blood pressure pills, diet pills, etc.) can indeed

cause insomnia or make sleeping more difficult. Beta blockers such as metoprolol or propranolol, for example, may help to cause nightmares.

Ask your doctor if different medicines could control your blood pressure without disturbing your sleep. Insomnia or early wakening can have serious health consequences. A prescription sleeping pill such as Sonata might help you get back to sleep.

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