Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is used to relieve symptoms of hay fever, allergy, and the common cold. These symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy nose, throat or eyes
This may also be used to help you relax and fall asleep.
How do Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) Tablets work?
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) works by blocking a certain natural substance that your body creates during an allergic reaction. Its drying effects on such symptoms as runny nose and watery eyes are caused by blocking another natural substance made by your body.
Why use Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) Tablets?
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine. This is effective in treating symptoms of cold and mild allergy. This medication usually starts working within an hour. Benadryl comes in a tablet, syrup, liquigel chewable tablet, and topical cream. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How to use Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) Tablets?
The recommended dosage will depend on your condition, age, and response.
- For adults and children older than 12, take 1-2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
- For children ages 6-11, take 1 tablet every 4 to hours as needed.
- For children younger than 6, consult your doctor for the prescribed dose.
You may take this with or without food. Do not break it, take as a whole. To avoid complications, follow the instructions carefully.
What are the side-effects of Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) Tablets?
- Drowsiness, sleepiness, fatigue
- Constipation, dizziness, disturbed coordination
- Blurred or double vision
- Nausea, Headache, tremor
- Upset stomach, dry mouth/throat/nose
- Difficulty urinating or an enlarged prostate
An overdose of this medication may cause symptoms such as:
- Inability to pass urine
- Loss of consciousness
If these happen, call for medical help right away.
Warnings and Precautions
- When taking Benadryl, you should never drink alcohol.
- If an allergy symptom occurs, call your doctor right away.
- Avoid driving or do some activity that needs your alertness. This may make you feel dizzy.
- Let your doctor know if you have any medical history or current medications (vitamins or herbal supplements)
- Do not take more than six doses of this in a 24-hour period.
- You should not double your dose to make up for the missed one.
- Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- Keep this at a dry and clean place.
- Keep this far from the reach of children or from your pets.