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By Tara Stevens
September 26, 2020

Equate Sleep Aid

Equate Sleep Aid

Equate Sleep Aid is Wal-Mart’s generic formula for sleep.

Though not the most widely known product, Equate Sleep Aid is an easy-to-purchase and easy-to-use supplement highly recommended by users.

According to various advertisements, Equate Sleep Aid is designed to help you “fall asleep fast” with just a single fast-acting tablet or liquidcap.

Yet for such a low price, I can’t help but wonder if Wal-Mart sacrificed quality for affordability. Is Equate Sleep Aid a good option? Or just a cheap one?

What’s Inside?

Equate Sleep Aid’s formula varies depending on whether you buy the tablet or the liquidcap.

The tablets contain doxylamine succinate. This ingredient is an antihistamine commonly used to relieve allergies, hay fever, and cold symptoms. Recently the ingredient has been marketed as a sleep-aid due to its mild sedative effects.

The dosage to induce sleep is fairly low, approximately 6.25 mg, but up to 25 mg twice daily can be used safely. It is non-addictive and can be used regularly without risk of withdrawals when discontinued.

The liquidcaps contain diphenhydramine HCL, another antihistamine commonly used to treat the same conditions. The dosage can be higher than doxylamine but tolerance can build up quickly. It loses its effectiveness as a sleep aid after a few nights of repeated use.

Warnings and Side Effects

Doxylamine succinate may result in side effects such as dry mouth, ataxia, urinary retention, drowsiness, memory problems, inability to concentrate, hallucinations, and psychosis. Taking doxylamine with alcohol will worsen these effects.

Equate Sleep Aid tablets use a 25 mg concentration of doxylamine succinate, so side effects should be minimal, but many consumers did complain of headaches and next day grogginess.

On the other hand, diphenhydramine HCL can cause drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, stomach upset, blurred vision, or dry mouth/nose/throat in high dosages. The liquidcaps contain 50 mg per serving, so these side effects shouldn’t be too noticeable.

However, one reviewer at did make the following complaint in regards to the liquidcaps: “It does help me go to sleep but I do not stay asleep & every single time I have taken it I have woke up with a bad headache in the morning. . .”

Ask Your Doctor First. . .

If you have the following, ask your doctor before using Equate Sleep Aid:

• Asthma
• Emphysema
• Chronic bronchitis
• Glaucoma
• Enlarged prostate

Additionally if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should consult your doctor before use.

Recommended Usage

The recommended usage for both tablets and liquidcaps are the same.

Adults and children over 12 years may take 1 tablet 30 minutes before going to bed or as directed by a doctor.

This product should not be used by children under 12.

If you are not getting the results you want, you may take an additional tablet, but it is recommended you try the smaller dose first.

Suisiesue at explains, “If you buy this product,m please try the minimum strength first. I made the mistake of buying the 50 mg.soft gels and laid awake all night because they caused spasms every two or three minutes or whenever I tried to sleep. I finally got to sleep after 7AM but only slept for 3 hours.and felt drugged all day and the day after. I had to resume the Ambien tablets which I am trying to avoid. I haven’t tried the lesser dosage and truthfully don’t think I want to chance it…”

Does it Work for Jet Lag?

Yes. Equate Sleep Aid can be used to treat jet lag and while traveling.

G.M. at writes, “I use this sleep aid for my long hal international flights that are over 13 hours long at times. I usually take 2 pills after about an hour after take off and within 30-45 mins I am out like a light until about an hour before we land with little or no groggy feeling. I defiantly do not recommend any more then 2 tabs in 24 hour period. The box says take 1 tab but depending on your size and weight you can probably take it up just 1 more tab and still not be that groggy when you get up.”

Product Pricing

Equate is available at various online stores, including for $2 a box plus $5 shipping. However, many consumers prefer to shop at Wal-Mart or due to convenience.
Depending on your location, Wal-Mart sells Equate Sleep Aid for $4 a box.

How Does it Compare?

One reviewer at wrote, “The same dosage as unisom. Even the same amount per bottle but at a much better price. They work just the same, perhaps even a little better. Try it!”

Is it Guaranteed?

As far as I can tell, there is no money-back guarantee for Equate Sleep Aid. On the other hand, it doesn’t need one. Less than $4 a bottle won’t break the bank even if it doesn’t work.

Final Thoughts

Equate Sleep Aid has a low price and plenty of positive consumer reviews. Although it isn’t a powerful drug, it should help relax the body to get the job done.
There are better products available, but I doubt you’ll find any for the same low price. Equate Sleep Aid seems worth trying, but let us know what you think!

Equate Sleep Aid Customer Reviews

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dominick italiano Says:

Is this drug safe I heard some comments that it it is not.

March 10, 2015 at 9:58 am

Vance Balacek Says:

Took one Liquicap last night @ 9 PM. Have trouble with leg spasms. Also took a cyclobenzaprine with it. My leg twitching stopped and I slept until 6:45 AM! I feel that it worked great!

December 5, 2015 at 7:47 am

Anne Stone Says:

Have a disable son,I have been using this with good results… But for the past week, does not help. can 3 tablets 25 mg be given to someone that weights approx 250#.

August 7, 2017 at 5:03 pm

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