Sleep Medicines

Sleep Medicines
a doctor discussing sleep medicine with a male patient
  • Many people have tried over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids when deployed.
    • Most OTC sleep aids are antihistamine-based medications (such as diphenhydramine) that can result in drowsiness that persists long after one wakes up.
    • OTC sleeping aids may lose their effectiveness over time.
  • If you are considering an OTC medicine, discuss it with your healthcare provider before deployment.

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Page last reviewed: April 1, 2020