Benadryl Syrup


Introduction

Benadryl Syrup is used in the treatment of cough. It relieves allergy symptoms such as runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion or stuffiness. It also thins mucus in the nose, windpipe, and lungs, making it easier to cough out.

Benadryl Syrup is taken with or without food in a dose and duration as advised by the doctor. The dose you are given will depend on your condition and how you respond to the medicine. You should keep taking this medicine for as long as your doctor recommends. If you stop treatment too early your symptoms may come back and your condition may worsen. Let your healthcare team know about all other medications you are taking as some may affect, or be affected by this medicine.

The most common side effects of this medicine include stomach pain, coordination impaired, thickened respiratory tract secretions, and allergic reactions. Most of these are temporary and usually resolve with time. Contact your doctor straight away if you are at all concerned about any of these side effects. This medicine may cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as it can make dizziness worse.

Never support self-medication or recommend your medicine to another person. It is beneficial to have plenty of fluids while taking this medication. Before you start taking this medicine it is important to inform your doctor if you are suffering from liver or kidney disease. You should also tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

Uses of Benadryl Syrup

Benefits of Benadryl Syrup

In Treatment of Cough

Cough is a sudden, forceful expulsion of air that helps clear any mucus or irritant in the throat or airways. If it happens more frequently, due to an underlying disease or an allergy, it can be bothersome. Benadryl Syrup helps to loosen thick mucus and reduces its stickiness, making it easier to cough out. This makes it easier for air to move in and out. It will also relieve allergy symptoms like watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose or throat irritation and help you carry out your daily activities more easily. Taking this medicine enables you to live your life more freely without worrying so much about things that set off your symptoms.

Side effects of Benadryl Syrup

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Benadryl

  • Stomach pain/epigastric pain
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Impaired coordination
  • Thickened respiratory tract secretions
  • Allergic reaction

How to use Benadryl Syrup

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Measure it with a measuring cup and take it by mouth. Shake well before use. Benadryl Syrup may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Benadryl Syrup works

Benadryl Syrup is a combination of three medicines: Diphenhydramine, Ammonium chloride and Sodium citrate, which relieves cough. Diphenhydramine is an antiallergic which relieves allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. Ammonium chloride is an expectorant which decreases the stickiness of mucus (phlegm) and helps in its removal from the airways. Sodium citrate is a mucolytic which thins and loosens mucus (phlegm), making it easier to cough out.

Safety advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Benadryl Syrup.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Benadryl Syrup is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Breast feeding
UNSAFE
Benadryl Syrup is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Benadryl Syrup may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
UNSAFE
Benadryl Syrup is probably unsafe to use in patients with kidney disease and should be avoided. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Benadryl Syrup in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Benadryl Syrup?

If you miss a dose of Benadryl Syrup, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick tips

  • Benadryl Syrup helps relieve cough that is accompanied with mucus.
  • Drink extra fluids to help loosen the congestion and lubricate your throat while you are taking this medication.
  • It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
  • If you are diabetic, monitor your blood glucose regularly while taking this medicine.
  • Inform your doctor if you have a history of thyroid or heart disease.
  • Stop taking Benadryl Syrup and inform your doctor if your cough persists for more than 1 week, tends to recur, or is accompanied by a fever, rash or persistent headache.

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paracetamol 500 mg twice dailly and syrup benadryl 15ml twice daily for 4 days
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syrup benadryl 5 ml 3 times for 4 days
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FAQs

Q. Can the use of Benadryl Syrup cause sleepiness or drowsiness?

Yes, Benadryl Syrup may make you feel drowsy or may cause you to fall asleep during your daily activities. Avoid driving, operating machinery, working at heights or participating in potentially dangerous activities until you know how the medicine affects you. Inform your doctor if you experience such an episode while taking this medicine.

Q. Can I breastfeed while taking Benadryl Syrup?

No, it is not advisable to breastfeed while using Benadryl Syrup. This medicine contains diphenhydramine, which can pass into the breast milk and may harm the baby. Inform your doctor that you are breastfeeding if you are advised to take this medicine.

Q. What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Benadryl Syrup?

Keep this medicine in the packet or the container it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.

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References

  1. Diphenhydramine hydrochloride, Ammonium chloride. Australia: Johnson & Johnson Pacific; 2012. [Accessed 19 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  2. Drugs.com. Diphenhydramine Oral Solution. [Accessed 19 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  3. ScienceDirect. Ammonium Chloride. [Accessed 19 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  4. ScienceDirect. Sodium Citrate. [Accessed 19 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link

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Country of origin: India

Expires on or after: January, 2023

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