Daily OTC Pearl: Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Besides allergy, Benadryl can be used for sunburn, scrapes, skin irritations, and insect bites.

OTC/Lifestyle Pearl of the Day: Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Indication: Benadryl is used to treat the symptoms of allergic reactions, insomnia, and motion sickness.

Insight:

  • Dosing: 25 mg, 1 to 2 tablets to be taken every 4 to 6 hours as directed.
  • Not to be used under 6 years of age.
  • Dosage form: Benadryl comes in liquid form, tablets, capsules, and chewable forms.
  • Benadryl comes in regular strength and extra strength dosing.
  • Benadryl also comes in combination format for use of allergy, sinus, and pain.
  • If needed, Benadryl also comes in itch stick form, as well as spray form, for triple action itch relief—as well as cream.
  • Besides allergy, Benadryl can be used for sunburn, scrapes, skin irritations, and insect bites.
  • Adverse effects: May include painful urination, drowsiness, dizziness, upset stomach, loss of coordination, dry mouth, constipation, dry eyes, and lightheadedness.

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