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how long should you wait to drink alcohol after taking antihistamines

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Minimal info here: You don't really say enough to be certain - but - if it was a standard OTC like benadryl - and you took the directed amount and you take no other medi ... Read More

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
12 hrs at most: The drowsiness effect wears off within hours (duration varies among individuals) and thus you should be ok the day after.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
53 years experience Internal Medicine
Alcohol interaction: 25 mg of benadryl is a small dose. May take alcohol after 6 hours.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
6 hours if not longe: The drowsiness effect from Benadryl (diphenhydramine) varies from one person to another. Although the antihistaminic effect may last for over a day, ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Be very careful: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) impairs your driving skills and so could alcohol. Both together is like adding one plus one and getting three. Cut back o ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Douglas
50 years experience Orthodontics
Yes: In moderation. The Benadryl would be mostly gone by then.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Should be OK.: The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) should be well out of your system by now. Just don't take anymore Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if you're going to be dri ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not expected.: Alcohol usually worsens itching unless one has drunk oneself into a semi-stupor. Not all itching is induced by histamine and thus it may not work at ... Read More
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Usually: but the older antihistamines (Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (diphenhydramine) etc) tends to cause additive drowsiness effect to alochol. A rule of thumb ... Read More
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