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A 26-year-old female asked:

I'm allergic to benadryl, (diphenhydramine) have been since i was little. i stopped breathing and swelled up. what else can i take? is zyrtec okay?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 62 years experience
Allergy to benadryl (diphenhydramine): If you had such a severe reaction years ago to benadryl, (diphenhydramine) you should be under the care of an allergist to help protect you, from other allergy attacks that could be severe. It may be that you reacted to something that was in the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) rather than Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itself.
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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 34 years experience
Go to ER now!: Any time you stop breathing from swelling it is serious emergency. You can die. Don't mess with over the counter meds! get to a doctor--yesterday is too long to wait!
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