Unisom Sleepgels
Alternatives

(Diphenhydramine)

Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine)

Over-the-counter

Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)

Prescription or OTC
1 of 11 alternatives
Treats allergy symptoms and helps you sleep.

Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine) is a good over-the-counter medication for nighttime allergies.

Relieves allergy symptoms.

Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is the only medication in its class available over the counter for treating stuffy and runny nose due to allergies. You have to use it every day for it to work.

Upsides
  • Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine) is often better than other antihistamines at treating allergy symptoms and hives.
  • It can provide quick relief of allergy symptoms for both kids and adults.
  • It makes you sleepy, so it'll help if your allergies are bothering you at night.
  • The effects wear off in 4 to 6 hours, so side effects don't last that long.
  • It comes as a tablet, capsule, liquid, and quick dissolving tablet.
  • Available over the counter without a prescription.
  • First-choice medication for treating runny and stuffy noses caused by allergies. It works by reducing inflammation in the nose.
  • Because it's used directly where the inflammation is happening, it has fewer side effects than oral steroids do and has a lower chance of causing withdrawal symptoms once the medication is stopped.
Downsides
  • Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine) makes you more tired than Claritin, Allegra, or Zyrtec.
  • You shouldn't drive after taking Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine) until you know how it affects you.
  • Talk to a pediatrician before giving Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine) to a child.
  • It can increase the risk of falls, so elderly people shouldn't use Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine).
  • Don't use Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine) if you are breastfeeding.
  • Can't be used on as-needed basis. Must be taken every day.
  • Doesn't have a counter on it, so it can be hard to remember how many sprays are left.
  • Since the medicine in Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery.
  • Needs to be primed before use and re-primed if not used for more than 2 weeks.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Nasal spray
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Side effects
The Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Overdose

    Using other drugs with the same ingredients

  • Increased side effects

    Age 65 years or older

  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Hyperactivity

    Children age 6 years and younger

  • Trouble urinating

    Enlarged prostate

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Vision changes

    Glaucoma

  • Breastfeeding

    Nursing mothers

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  • Changes in the nasal septum

    Long-term use

  • Decreased wound healing

    Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses

  • Reduced immune system

    Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Glaucoma and cataracts

    Long-term use

  • Adrenal suppression

    Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Decrease in growth in children and teenagers

    Long-term use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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