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Do non-drowsy versions of medications exist?

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If you’re taking an over-the-counter medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist if there is a non-drowsy version you can use instead. It’s important to ask to make sure it won’t affect any other medications you’re taking.

From: What Medicines Can Make You Tired? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Sleep Foundation: “Sleepiness, Medication & Drugs: Why Your OTC Medications and Prescription Drugs Might Make You Tired.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Brain Basics.”

FDA: “Caution: Some Over-the-Counter Medicines May Affect Your Driving.”

National Capital Poison Center: “Antihistamines: Using Them Safely.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tricyclic Antidepressants and Tetracyclic Antidepressants.”

County of San Mateo Health System: “Benzodiazepines.”

American Heart Association: “Types of Blood Pressure Medications.”

American Cancer Society: “What Causes Cancer-related Fatigue?”

Spine-health: “Muscle Relaxants.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Muscle Relaxants for Orthopedic Conditions.”

Breastcancer.org: “Narcotic Analgesics (Opioids).”

Epilepsy Foundation: “How Medicines Work.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Epilepsy Medications.”

Kaiser Permanente: “How to Prevent Tiredness or Fatigue Caused by Your Medicines.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on August 24, 2017

SOURCES:

National Sleep Foundation: “Sleepiness, Medication & Drugs: Why Your OTC Medications and Prescription Drugs Might Make You Tired.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Brain Basics.”

FDA: “Caution: Some Over-the-Counter Medicines May Affect Your Driving.”

National Capital Poison Center: “Antihistamines: Using Them Safely.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tricyclic Antidepressants and Tetracyclic Antidepressants.”

County of San Mateo Health System: “Benzodiazepines.”

American Heart Association: “Types of Blood Pressure Medications.”

American Cancer Society: “What Causes Cancer-related Fatigue?”

Spine-health: “Muscle Relaxants.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Muscle Relaxants for Orthopedic Conditions.”

Breastcancer.org: “Narcotic Analgesics (Opioids).”

Epilepsy Foundation: “How Medicines Work.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Epilepsy Medications.”

Kaiser Permanente: “How to Prevent Tiredness or Fatigue Caused by Your Medicines.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on August 24, 2017

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