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For what is doxylamine succinate used?

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Doxylamine succinate is an antihistamine that is used to treat signs of the common cold, allergies and hay fever. It works by inhibiting some natural elements that are made in the body, as stated by WebMD.

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The medication should be taken by mouth as directed by a doctor. A person who experiences stomach upset, should take the medication with milk or food. Doxylamine should not be used for children under the age of six years unless otherwise advised by a doctor. The drug can be used to treat conditions, such as hives, runny nose, itching and stuffy nose. A person who is allergic to the drug should talk to a doctor prior to using it.

Manufacturers also sell the drug for relief of insomnia. It is sold under the brand name Unisom, according to WebMD. Drugs.com recommends only using this medication for insomnia when able to dedicate several hours to sleep. It is not for treating insomnia in children without a doctor's direction. Individuals using the medication for allergies should call a doctor if the condition fails to improve within a week. For insomnia, the individual should call a doctor if he does not get relief within two weeks.

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