Medicinal Sleep Aids
How Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids Work
ZzzQuil medicinal over-the-counter sleep aids are formulated with antihistamines like Diphenhydramine HCL and Doxylamine Succinate. ZzzQuil products are formulated with Diphenhydramine HCL, while ZzzQuil Ultra products have Doxylamine Succinate. Both nighttime sleep-aids relieve occasional sleeplessness.
Diphenhydramine is a common antihistamine originally used to treat allergy symptoms like runny nose and sneezing. It’s since been discovered that it can also help people fall asleep and wake refreshed. Diphenhydramine HCI causes drowsiness by blocking the action of histamine, a chemical that sends waking signals to the brain.
If you are considering taking an OTC sleep aid, carefully read each label of both the sleep-aid and any other OTC medicines or prescription medicines that you are taking or have recently taken. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.
When to Use Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids
Over-the-counter sleep aids should be used for occasional sleeplessness. On the nights it takes you more than 20 minutes to fall asleep, you may consider getting help from an over-the-counter sleep aid like ZzzQuil or ZzzQuil Ultra. ZzzQuil helps you get a good night’s rest when you need it. It reduces the time it takes to fall asleep and helps you sleep soundly, so you can wake refreshed.