Benadryl Elixirand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride
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Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
12.5mg/5mL Oral Liquid
No generic is available for Benadryl Elixir 12.5mg/5mL.
- Manufactured by McNeil Consumer Healthcare (of J&J Inc)
- Product of Canada • Shipped from Canada
- Over the Counter
No generic is available for Benadryl Elixir 12.5mg/5mL.
Benadryl Elixir Drug Information
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Benadryl Elixir Drug Information
Benadryl Elixir Overview
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine used to relieve symptoms of allergy, hay fever, and the common cold. These symptoms include rash, itching, watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, cough, runny nose, and sneezing. It is also used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Diphenhydramine can also be used to help you relax and fall asleep. Benadryl Elixir works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. Its drying effects on such symptoms as watery eyes and runny nose are caused by blocking another natural substance made by your body (acetylcholine). Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use Benadryl Elixir to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules) are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely. These products do not cure or shorten the length of the common cold and may cause serious side effects. To decrease the risk for serious side effects, carefully follow all dosage directions. Do not use Benadryl Elixir to make a child sleepy. Do not give other cough-and-cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients (see also Drug Interactions section). Ask the doctor or pharmacist about other ways to relieve cough and cold symptoms (such as drinking enough fluids, using a humidifier or saline nose drops/spray).
How to Use Benadryl Elixir
Follow all directions on the product package. If your doctor has prescribed Benadryl Elixir, take it as directed. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Take the tablet, capsule, or liquid form by mouth with or without food. Measure liquid forms of Benadryl Elixir using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. If you have a single-dose form of Benadryl Elixir (such as a single-use whistle), you do not need to measure the dose. The rapidly-dissolving tablet or strip should be allowed to dissolve on the tongue and then swallowed, with or without water. The chewable tablets should be chewed thoroughly before being swallowed. The Dosage of Benadryl Elixir is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. There are many brands and forms of diphenhydramine available. Read the dosing instructions carefully for each product because the amount of diphenhydramine may be different between products. Do not increase your dose or take Benadryl Elixir more often than directed. To prevent motion sickness, take your dose 30 minutes before starting activity such as travel. To help you sleep, take your dose about 30 minutes before bedtime. If you continue to have difficulty sleeping for longer than 2 weeks, contact your doctor. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Benadryl Elixir Precautions
Before taking diphenhydramine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to dimenhydrinate; or if you have any other allergies. Benadryl Elixir may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Benadryl Elixir, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,breathing problems (such as asthma, emphysema), high pressure in the eye (glaucoma), heart problems, high blood pressure, liver disease, seizures, stomach/intestine problems (such as ulcers, blockage), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), difficulty urinating (for example, due to enlarged prostate). Benadryl Elixir may make you dizzy or drowsy or blur your vision. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Liquid products, chewable tablets, or dissolving tablets/strips may contain sugar and/or aspartame. Liquid products may also contain alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, liver disease, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using Benadryl Elixir safely. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of Benadryl Elixir. Benadryl Elixir can often cause excitement in young children instead of drowsiness. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Benadryl Elixir, especially drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, constipation, or trouble urinating. Drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion can increase the risk of falling. During pregnancy, Benadryl Elixir should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Benadryl Elixir passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Benadryl Elixir Misdose
If you miss a dose of Benadryl Elixir, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Benadryl Elixir Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.antihistamines applied to the skin (such as diphenhydramine cream, ointment, spray). Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness such as opioid pain or cough relievers (such as codeine, hydrocodone), alcohol, marijuana (cannabis), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine), or other antihistamines (such as cetirizine, chlorpheniramine). Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely. Benadryl Elixir may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including allergy skin test), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Benadryl Elixir.
Benadryl Elixir Side Effects
What are Benadryl Elixir side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Benadryl Elixir may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Benadryl Elixir as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Benadryl Elixir
The side effects of Benadryl Elixir may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Benadryl Elixir. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Benadryl Elixir may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Benadryl Elixir, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Benadryl Elixir.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Benadryl Elixir, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Benadryl Elixir and the side effects associated with Benadryl Elixir are described in the following:
Common Benadryl Elixir Side Effects
- thick bronchial secretions
Less Frequent Benadryl Elixir Side Effects
Rare or Very Rare Benadryl Elixir Side Effects
- blood dyscrasias
- seizure disorder
- hemolytic anemia
- acute confusion
- blurred vision
- visual changes
- dry nose
- skin photosensitivity
- pruritus of skin
- skin rash
- headache disorder
- dry throat
- acute abdominal pain
- urinary retention
- abdominal distension
- chest discomfort
- maculopapular rash
- symptoms of anxiety
Benadryl Elixir Storage
Store at room temperature away from moisture and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not freeze liquid forms of Benadryl Elixir. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Benadryl Elixir when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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