Studies on the sleep-inducing effect of diphenhydramine hydrochloride

Chiaki Kamei, Koichi Saito, Yukio Sugimoto, Zhong Chen, Qiue Zhao

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The present study was undertaken to clarify whether or not diphenhydramine is useful for sedative-hypnotic drug. EEG power spectra of delta band (0-4 Hz) at the frontal cortex in rats was used for an index of sleep. Diphenhydramine at doses of 2-20mg/kg, p.o. caused a dose-dependent shortening of sleep latency and prolongation of sleep duration. Significant effect was observed at a dose of 10mg/kg or more. These effects were almost the same as those of chlorpheniramine and less than those of brotizolam. The results clearly indicate that diphenhydramine is effective sedative-hypnotic drug for mild insomnia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-19
Number of pages2
JournalJapanese Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1999


  • Diphenhydramine
  • EEG power spectra
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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