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Safety

DOXYLAMINE

What is doxylamine?

Doxylamine succinate is a powerful antihistamine used in products such as nighttime cold medicines to provide relief from runny nose and sneezing.

Is it safe?

Yes. When used as directed, doxylamine is a safe and effective antihistamine drug used to help people suffering from cough, cold, and flu symptoms.

Why should I be worried about it?

Exceeding the recommended dosage can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and lightheadedness, interfering with cognitive and decision-making abilities.

Who should not take doxylamine?

While safe when taken correctly by adults, there are a few groups who should not take doxylamine. Elderly people should consult a physician before taking doxylamine, as older adults are prone to experience nervousness, restlessness, and agitation after ingesting this medication. Children younger than age 12 also are susceptible to these reactions, and should not take doxylamine unless under instruction by a doctor. Pregnant or breast-feeding women should talk to their doctor before using doxylamine or any OTC medication.

Why can’t I take doxylamine if I’m pregnant or breast-feeding?

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, what you ingest can be passed to your baby. Talk to your doctor before you take doxylamine, for the health of both your baby and yourself.

For more information, check out the safety of over-the-counter medications.