Cough -and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely. These products do not cure or shorten the length of the common cold and may cause serious side effects. To decrease the risk for serious side effects, carefully follow all dosage directions. Do not use this product to make a child sleepy.
Do not give other cough -and-cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients see also Drug Interactions section. How to use Benadryl Allergy Follow all directions on the product package. If your doctor has prescribed this medication , take it as directed. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Take the tablet, capsule, or liquid form by mouth with or without food.
Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. If you have a single-dose form of this medication such as a single-use whistle , you do not need to measure the dose. The rapidly-dissolving tablet or strip should be allowed to dissolve on the tongue and then swallowed, with or without water.
This recall is in addition to a product recall that McNeil Consumer health care originally announced on January 15, , which included liquid products that contained trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole TBA.
The risk of serious adverse medical events is remote. This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U. The additional recall is a precautionary measure after a continuing internal review determined that some packaging materials used in the lots had been shipped and stored on the same type of wooden pallet that was tied to the presence of TBA in earlier recall. Consumers who purchased product from the lots included in this recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer health care for instructions on a refund or replacement.
For these instructions, and information regarding how to return or dispose of the product, consumers should log on to the internet at www. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.
Consumers who have medical concerns or questions should contact their health care provider. Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA Q: I am unable to find the clear liquid Benadryl. I was told it was recalled. Will it be available again? Several over-the-counter allergy medications such as Benadryl were recently voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer because some of these products may not meet the required quality standards.
Most of the products in the recall are brand names of the medications. A safe alternative to any of the recalled products such as Benadryl is the store brand called diphenhydramine. Store brands are not affected by this product recall and have the same active ingredient as the brand-name medications.
It is not clear right now when the recalled products will be available again. According to a recent update from the manufacturer of the recalled products, they are not expected to be available before the end of Continue to check with your local pharmacy for that information.
Does Benadryl cause weight gain and memory loss? Drugs can cause weight gain in several different ways. Some can increase appetite or make you crave certain types of foods like those high in carbohydrates or fat.
Other medications may slow down metabolism or cause fluid retention. However, the effect of prescription drugs on body weight is complex. Some drugs have no effect on weight, while others cause weight gain or weight loss. Also, the same medications can cause weight gain in certain individuals and weight loss in others.
There are also drugs that initially cause weight loss and then lead to weight gain with long-term use. Most prescription medications associated with changes in body weight affect the central nervous system.
Mood stabilizers lithium, valproic acid , antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants have also been linked with weight gain. Other drugs that have been reported to cause weight gain include diabetes medications insulin, sulfonylureas, and thiazolidinediones , antihypertensive drugs, certain hormonal contraceptives, corticosteroids, antihistamines, some chemotherapy regimens, and antiretroviral protease inhibitors.
Benadryl diphenhydramine is an antihistamine, meaning that it blocks the effects of the naturally occurring chemical histamine in the body. Benadryl is used to treat sneezing; runny nose; itching, watery eyes; hives; rashes; itching; and other symptoms of allergies and the common cold. It can also be used to treat motion sickness, insomnia, and mild forms of Parkinson's disease. Common side effects of Benadryl includes sleepiness, fatigue, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, and difficulty urinating.
This is not a complete list of side effects that can occur with Benadryl. Benadryl can cause side effects that impair your thinking and reactions, so use caution when doing anything that requires alertness. Impaired thinking can be more common in elderly patients over the age of 70 and at higher doses. Contact your doctor if you are experiencing memory problems or memory loss.
A search of the manufacturer's product information and a drug database did not specifically list weight gain as a side effect of Benadryl. If you think a drug you are taking is causing weight gain, tell your health care provider.
Do not stop any medication or change the dose without first talking to your provider. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or local pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications.
Sarah Lewis, RPh Q: My son takes Benadryl almost every night to help him sleep. He's been having complexion problems that look more like a reaction than like acne.
Could this be because of the Benadryl? Benadryl-D is a combination of benadryl, an antihistamine, and pseudoephedrine, a decongestant. Common side effects of Benadryl-D include drowsiness, dry mouth, weakness, dizziness, and constipation. Skin conditions aren't listed as a side effect of Benadryl-D. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance. Is taking a Benadryl capsule at night dangerous to my system?
Benadryl diphenhydramine is classified as a histamine H1 antagonist, first-generation medication. Benadryl is approved for the treatment of allergic symptoms that are a result of histamine release, in combination with other medications for the treatment of anaphylaxis, as a sleep aid, preventing motion sickness, to stop cough, management of Parkinsonian syndrome, used topically to relieve pain and itching from various conditions such as insect bites, minor cuts, burns, and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.
Benadryl, like any other medication has possible side effects, risks and warning associated with its use. It is difficult to comment on if the medication is dangerous to you, since this would depend on other medical conditions you may have, medication allergies, other medications you take that may interact with Benadryl, etc. Your physician can best evaluate if Benadryl is an appropriate medication for you since your physician has access to your medical information.
According to medical references, the most common side effects reported of Benadryl include the following: For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action.
I have used Benadryl for my 18 month old and he now gets major stomach pains an hour after taking it. What else can I use? Being that your child is so young, it would be better for you to ask the doctor what you should be giving them.
Normally, there aren't any products that we recommend for children under 2 years of age besides Tylenol and Motrin. Doctors must prescribe and give dosing for any over the counter products for children of this age. Hopefully the doctor will recommend something that will not cause your child any pains.
Megan Uehara, PharmD Q: My 78 year old father takes Benadryl every day because he has hives that itch terribly and keep him awake at night. He has been to several doctors and they have not been able to figure out why he has them. The question is what are the side effects of Benadryl on a person his age? What other medications would be available to help him?
Benadryl diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that blocks the effects of the naturally occurring chemical histamine in the body. It is used to treat sneezing; runny nose; itching, watery eyes; hives; rashes; itching; and other symptoms of allergies and the common cold.
Benadryl can also used to suppress coughs, to treat motion sickness, to induce sleep, and to treat mild forms of Parkinson's disease. Common side effects of Benadryl include sleepiness, fatigue, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, and difficulty urinating or an enlarged prostate. The elderly are more sensitive to the side effects of Benadryl and may experience more severe side effects.
Use caution, as falls may result from some of the side effects such as dizziness. Your dermatologist or allergist is best able to properly evaluate the cause of hives and how best to treat them. There are a variety of prescription medications available, both topical for the skin and oral medications taken by mouth, that may help relieve the symptoms of hives. Sarah Lewis, PharmD Q: Can you become dependent on Benadryl?
According to the available drug information, you cannot become dependent on Benadryl diphenhydramine. Benadryl is an antihistamine; it works by blocking the effects of the naturally occurring chemical histamine in the body.
Benadryl is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, itching, watery eyes, hives, rashes, and other symptoms of allergies and the common cold. Benadryl is also commonly used to treat motion sickness, and to help induce sleep.
The most common side effects of Benadryl include sleepiness, fatigue, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, and difficulty urinating. Is Benadryl safe for use in people with asthma? Benadryl diphenhydramine is an antihistamine; it works by blocking the effects of the naturally occurring chemical histamine in the body. It is safe for people with asthma to use diphenhydramine.
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