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is there a difference between benadryl and pseudoephedrine

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Kimura
34 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Benadry is the brand name for diphenhydramine, an antihistamine. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant. So definitely a different medication.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes.: Psuedoephedrine is a sympathomimetic which may rev you up a bit. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine (antiallergy) medication with some sedating prop ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Martin
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Medical questions: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine, good for allergies and to lessen the drainage during an upper respiratory infection. Sudafed is a dec ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Sudafed is a decongestant and benedryl is an anti-histamine.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
17 years experience Pediatrics
Avoid decongestants: Pseudoephedrine (sudafed) can cause irritability and high blood pressure in children but doesn't seem to actually help with congestion until puberty. ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
11 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Every 6 hours: It is OK to use both together. Do not use either one more than 4 times in a 24 hour period (every 6 hours). Of course, follow the directions on the bo ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience Pain Management
"Mad as a hatter": You may be sensitive to the anti-cholinergic side effects of anti-histamines.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sophie Duriez
31 years experience Psychiatry
No : All these medications are known to raise blood pressure. Check with your primary care physician what is the best treatment for you. Avoid self-medica ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Luchs
29 years experience LASIK Surgery
Yes: Yes. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ins an antihistamine, and sudafed is a decongestant. There is no problem taking them together at their recommended dos ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is Sedative: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a very long lasting sedative. That is why there are now three non-sedating anti-histamines available over the counter... ... Read More

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