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    Diphenhydramine

    Information about Diphenhydramine

    Diphenhydramine uses

    Diphenhydramine is used in the treatment of allergic rhinitis symptoms, motion sickness and insomnia.

    How diphenhydramine works

    Diphenhydramine is an antihistaminic medication. It blocks the action of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation, congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions.

    Common side effects of diphenhydramine

    Sleepiness

    Available Medicine for Diphenhydramine

    • ₹75
      Cipla Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹10
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹13 to ₹18
      Lupin Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹37
      Wallace Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Diphenhydramine

    • Avoid driving or operating dangerous machinery as it may decrease alertness.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Diphenhydramine, as it may cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.

    Frequently asked questions for Diphenhydramine

    Diphenhydramine

    Q. Is diphenhydramine a blood thinner/narcotic/water soluble?
    No, it is an antihistaminic drug and not a blood thinner or narcotic
    Q. Is Diphenhydramine Hcl the same as Benadryl?
    Benadryl is a trade name of product containing the drug Diphenhydramine
    Q. Is diphenhydramine hydrochloride/Benadryl safe?
    It is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor
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    Q. Is Benadryl safe for infants?
    No, it should not be given to infants. Always follow doctor's advice regarding its use
    Q. Is Benadryl an expectorant/antibiotic?
    Benadryl is an expectorant as guaifenesin is one of its components. And it is not an antibiotic
    Q. Is Benadryl banned in India?
    No, it is available in India
    Q. Is Benadryl effective?
    It is effective at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration and disease condition as advised by your doctor
    Q. Can you take Diphenhydramine/ Benadryl for anxiety/cold/hives/bug bites/sleep?
    Diphenhydramine tablet is used for the relief of short term sleeplessness. It can be used for cold and treatment of hives. Always follow doctor's advice regarding its use
    Q. Can I take Benadryl for a rash/dry cough/cold/eczema/ sinus infection/yeast infection/headaches/sinus/motion sickness/ skin rash/itchy skin?
    Benadryl is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, itching, watery eyes, hives, rashes, itching, and other symptoms of allergies and the common cold. It is also used to suppress coughs, to treat motion sickness, to induce sleep, and to treat mild forms of Parkinson's disease. But, it is not used for eczema, sinus infection, and yeast infection. Always follow doctor's advice regarding its use
    Q. Can I take diphenhydramine with hydrocodone/dextromethorphan and guaifenesin/ acetaminophen/phenylephrine/tramadol/Zoloft/ doxylamine succinate/prednisone/ citalopram/Advil?
    Yes, but taking other medicines may alter the effects of diphenhydramine. Always consult your physician for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required
    Q. Can I take Benadryl with Zyrtec/Mucinex/Sudafed/ Tamiflu/ amoxicillin/Xanax/Advil/ azithromycin/Norco/robitussin?
    Yes, but taking other medicines may alter the effects of Benadryl. Always consult your physician for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required
    Q. Does Diphenhydramine make you sleepy/drowsy?
    Yes, it makes you sleepy/drowsy. Always follow doctor's advice regarding its use
    Q. Does Diphenhydramine cause Alzheimer's/depression/constipation/dementia/increase blood pressure?
    Diphenhydramine causing these side effects is rare or uncommon. However, consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects
    Q. Does Diphenhydramine potentiate opiates?
    No it does not potentiate opiates
    Q. Does Benadryl make you sleepy/high/ raise blood pressure/weight gain?
    Benadryl causing these side effects is rare or uncommon. However, consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.

    Content on this page was last updated on 14 November, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)