I have arthritis and during the night the pain and aches keep me awake.
I bought a cheap over the counter medicine called "Pain Relief PM" which is Acetaminophren 500mg and Diphenhydramine hci 25mg. I took it for 5 days and I could sleep. Then I stopped because I don't want to get addicted. But now the pain is back and I can't sleep again. Can you tell me if it is bad to take this on a regular basis or is it OK way to get some sleep?
Answer Hello Don,
Pain relief is possible with plain paracetamol (acetaminophen) which is freely available. Diphenhydrammine is an antihistamine and a good sedative. In the US diphenhydrammine is routinely used to aid sleep. It is not exactly addictive but it can be habit forming. I would advice yo to take plain acetaminophen which will give you pain relief.
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