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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you take benadryl (diphenhydramine) after alcohol?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Golenbock
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and alcohol: Benadryl is very sedating. Taking with alcohol may result in respiratory depression. You can stop breathing. Use a non-sedating antihistamine like Allegra or claritin (loratadine). A number of otc medications like nyquil also contain Benadryl (diphenhydramine).

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How long after I've drank alcohol can I take benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Depends: How much alcohol did you consume? If you still have an elevated blood alcohol level then it is not a good idea to take any medication including benadryl (diphenhydramine).
A 39-year-old member asked:

If you drink Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can you drink alcohol?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 42 years experience
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 on your alcohol consumption when you use benadryl (diphenhydramine).
A 49-year-old member asked:

Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) increase my blood alcohol level?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brandon Maples
A Verified Doctoranswered
19 years experience
Shouldn't: No, it shouldn't if you're taking the tabs/caps. If you're taking the liquid, check the ingredient list, but i'm almost certain it does not have any kind of alcohol in it, since it is intended for kids.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and qnasl?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sunita Kanumury
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Yes: Yes they work in combination for upper respiratory allergies.
A 39-year-old female asked:

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and virtussin?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
No: Combination isn't advisable, benadryl (diphenhydramine) may increase CNS depressive effects of virtussin, better see your doctor if the cough is really bothersome, good luck
Last updated May 30, 2017


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