is an antihistamine that is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, itching, hives,
watery eyes and other symptoms of a cold. This medication works by inhibiting a
natural substance histamine that your body releases during an allergic
reaction. It also blocks neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which results
in treating symptoms like watery eyes and runny nose.
comes in many forms:
Oral: tablets, liqui-gels, chewable tablets, liquid solutions
● Topical: gel, spray,
ingredient is diphenhydramine, while inactive ingredients vary considerably as
the medication comes in many forms.
Dosage and indications:
of this medication depends on many factors: your age, your medical condition,
the form of Benadryl you are prescribed.
information below shows the recommended dosages that are commonly used. You
should always consult your doctor for more precise instructions.
want to treat hay fever and allergy, the typical dose for adults is 25 to 50 mg
every 4 to 6 hours. For children aged between 6 and 11, the dose is 12.5 to
25mg every 4 to 6 hours.
If you are
treating common cold symptoms, the usual dosage for adults is 25 to 50 mg, for
children (6-11 y.o.) 12.5 to 25 mg every 4 to 6 hours.
If you are
dealing with pain and itchy skin from hives, insect bites, adults should apply
Benadryl cream, spray or gel onto the affected area up to 3-4 times a day. The
dosage for children aged 2 and older is the same as adults’.
side effects are:
side effects are very rare, including:
● Increased heart rate
Tell your doctor if you have diabetes, as liquid products and
chewable tablets may contain sugar in them
Be especially careful giving Benadryl to children, as they are
more sensitive to side effects
Old people are more sensitive to side effects such as
drowsiness, dizziness, confusion or trouble urinating.
Limit alcohol intake and smoking while taking this drug
It is not recommended to drive or do anything that requires
clear vision, as the drug may cause blurred vision
● When pregnant, use this
medication only if clearly needed