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Simply Sleep

Generic Name: Diphenhydramine (Sleep Aid) Capsules and Tablets (DYE fen HYE dra meen)
Brand Name: Nytol, Simply Sleep

Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

Uses of Simply Sleep:

  • It is used to treat sleep problems.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Simply Sleep?

  • If you have an allergy to diphenhydramine or any other part of Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine (sleep aid) capsules and tablets).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine (sleep aid) capsules and tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Simply Sleep?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine (sleep aid) capsules and tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not take more than what your doctor told you to take. Taking more than you are told may raise your chance of very bad side effects.
  • Do not take Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine (sleep aid) capsules and tablets) for longer than you were told by your doctor.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine (sleep aid) capsules and tablets) affects you.
  • Do not use with other products that have diphenhydramine.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine (sleep aid) capsules and tablets).
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
  • If you are 60 or older, use Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine (sleep aid) capsules and tablets) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine (sleep aid) capsules and tablets) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
  • Do not give to a child younger than 12 years of age.

How is this medicine (Simply Sleep) best taken?

Use Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine (sleep aid) capsules and tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Take Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine (sleep aid) capsules and tablets) at bedtime.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • This medicine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Change in balance.

What are some other side effects of Simply Sleep?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Dizziness.
  • Thickening of mucus in nose or throat.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Simply Sleep?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Simply Sleep (diphenhydramine (sleep aid) capsules and tablets), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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