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New over-the-counter sleeping pill is a bad idea

ZzzQuil is the wrong way to get you Zzzs

Benadryl can be a life-saver when allergic reactions strike, but it can also knock you out faster than a blow to the head.

There’s not a lot of money in saving lives (sad, but true). But there’s tons to be made in the knocking-you-out business, with sleep aids raking in close to $25 billion a year — and the folks who make NyQuil want in on that action in the worst way.

After all, NyQuil knocks you out too, right? That’s because it contains diphenhydramine — aka Benadryl.

So they’ve stripped the NyQuil of all the other stuff people take it for — the decongestants, cough suppressants, pain relievers, etc. — and just left in the diphenhydramine.

Voila! A “new” drug is born. Maybe you’ve even seen the ads for “ZzzQuil.” But don’t be fooled, because it’s just Benadryl in a fancy new package… and with a fancy new price tag, too.

Anyone who’s ever taken Benadryl knows it’s a pretty effective sleep aid. But what they don’t know is that this common drug is uncommonly dangerous, especially for the seniors who make up such a huge part of the market for sleep meds.

Back in 2002, Yale researchers found that hospitalized seniors who take diphenhydramine have a 70 percent higher risk of delirium, a frightening psychosis that comes with delusions and memory loss.

Diphenhydramine also has a place of honor on the Official List of Drugs You Shouldn’t Give to Old People, aka the Beers’ List, due to its powerful anticholinergic effects.

As I’ve told you before, seniors who load up on anticholinergic meds have a higher risk of death — and diphenhydramine packs a massive anticholinergic punch.

There are much safer and far better ways to get the Zzzs without any form of -quil or -dryl tacked onto the end, and you can find out about some of the best in the special report No More Restless Nights.

Filled with all the better sleep secrets the drug companies don’t want you to know why not make it your bedtime reading tonight?

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