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Might I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itch cream(extra strength) with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy pills?

Might I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itch cream(extra strength) with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy pills?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Not sure what you are treating. The cream works best to relieve itchy insect bites. The pill is for more systemic allergies. You can use them together but i don't see what for. ...Read more

Allergy (Definition)

An allergy is an exagerated immune responce to a typically benign trigger. You can have allergic responces to many things like pollens, animal dander, foods, medications, among other things. Symptoms may be bothersome, but benign, or can be fatal. Not all reactions to exposures are allergies and if you think you may be allergic , i recommend being evaluated by ...Read more


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Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy make you sleepy?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy make you sleepy?

Yes It Can: Benedryl makes most people sleepy. Allergies make most people sleepy. So an allergy to benedryl should, you guessed it, can make you sleepy. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and also use allergy eye drops (naphazoline & pheniramine)?

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and also use allergy eye drops (naphazoline & pheniramine)?

Yes: These drugs can supplement each other. Any systemic effect of the eyedrops is trivial compared to the strength of the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) so the combination is useful if the allergic symptoms are affecting other parts of your body. ...Read more

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Cani take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with loratadine?

Probably yes.: Many people report their 'daily' non-sedating antihistamine in the am does not provide relief until next am. So, if no concerns for gu/heart/bp/med-conflict issues, then they often take a 'sedating' antihistamine at night for continued symptom relief and 'bonus' of sleep aid effect. ...Read more

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Will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work for fish or shellfish allergies?

Will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work for fish or shellfish allergies?

Fish allergies: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) could work but with fish and shell fish allergies if it is bad best thing is to avoid eatiing it. Some prepackaged foods have shell fish products in them so please read labels before you consume these. It may be prudent to carry an epi-pen for you and you can have your doc prescribe one for you to carry with you at all times. ...Read more

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Is Claritin comparable to benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Is Claritin comparable to benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Both AH: Both act in similar fashion except that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) causes drowsiness and dry mouth in a much higher percentage of people and it works for just a few hours vs claritin's nearly 24 hours duration of action. ...Read more

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Are Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec the same effectiveness when use for allergic rhinitis?

Are Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec the same effectiveness when use for allergic rhinitis?

Yes: Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec are both oral antihistamine agents that block the effects of histamine on what is called the h1 receptor. By doing this, they reduce the release of histamine, a substance that causes itching, runny nose, and sneezing. Zyrtec blocks the receptor a bit better, but the clinical effect of the medications is roughly the same. Zyrtec may cause some drowsiness, but may last longer. ...Read more

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Is benedryl the same as allergy benedryl?

Yes: There is a whole family of "benadryl" products. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy contains the active ingredient Diphenhydramine which is an old, traditional antihistamine. It works, but caution with driving and working--drowsiness and delayed reaction times can be a problem for many. ...Read more

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If i've conjunctivitis allergy, can it heal by allergy injection therapy ?Tried allergy meds : allegysal, patanol (olopatadine) and avil, Claritin loratadine, please help

If i've conjunctivitis allergy, can it heal by allergy injection therapy ?Tried allergy meds : allegysal, patanol (olopatadine) and avil, Claritin loratadine, please help

Yes: Treatment of allergic conjunctivitis starts with eliminating or avoiding the allergen as well as rinsing the allergen from your eyes with plain water (reduces the allergen load). Allergy shots can help as can oral allergy meds. There are eye drops that help a great deal also. Steroid eye drops are very effective but are not used long term due to risk of glaucoma and cataract. ...Read more

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Took zyrtec allergy 10 mg with benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is this bad?

Took zyrtec allergy 10 mg with benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is this bad?

Drug interaction: According to epocrates caution is advised because the combination of zyrtec and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may increase the risknof CNS depression, psychomotor impairment. ...Read more

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What's the best allergy medicine? Allegra, Claritin (loratadine) or Zyrtec?

What's the best allergy medicine? Allegra, Claritin (loratadine) or Zyrtec?

Same effects: These three medications do the same thing and are not supposed to make you drowsy, however, Zyrtec seems to work somewhat better than Allegra and Claritin. I would say Claritin is the least effective out of these three medications. ...Read more

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Claritin for children and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Claritin for children and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Not recommended: Both Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are anti histamines. Claritin is long acting usually used once a day and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is shorter acting. May be used 3-4 times a day. Since they both have action, recommended not to take it same time. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more