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My son is a 16 year old boy he has TOF (tetralogy of Fallot) and PA (pulmonary atresia). He has had 4 open hearts has a central shunt. Between shunt and now, [he] has his second Hancock valve conduit in. The only medication he is currently on is a 10mg dose of lisinopril once a day. He is not sleeping and it is wearing him down. Is there a safe OTC sleep aid that he can take?

With all that your son has been through, please discuss this issue with his physicians.  They may indicate that melatonin or diphenhydramine (Benadryl) would be suitable for him.  If so, the lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil) will not directly interact with either one of these OTC medications.

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