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How can a mixture of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and maalox soothe a sore throat? My pharmacist told me to try it. I always thought those were used for different things.
Time honored remedy: A mix of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and maalox has been used for years to ease the discomfort of mouth sores. Sometimes a third ingredient, viscous Lidocaine (by prescription) is added. My only cautions would be that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be sedating if you use enough - and some people might be allergic to the mix with lidocaine. I trust you have been tested for more serious concerns, like strep. ...Read more
I've taken every antacid med ppis,h2s,tums,maalox,aciphex (rabeprazole) on now. Nothing has helped my reflux; Except one day I figured out that Benadryl works. Why?
Histamine receptors: Are of different types, H1, blocked by antihistamines and are responsible for allergic reactions, H2 are responsible for gastric acid secretions, also H3 receptors found in the CNS, . Whether benadryl (diphenhydramine) worked and blocked the histamine receptors in your stomach, or you may be having another problem , that's yet to be found. Good that you had a remedy for now, tell your gastroenterologist about it ...Read more
Bad idea: The snorting of medicines that are not supposed to be administered intranasally is usually going to lead to catastrophic effects. The consequences of administering Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in an inappropriate manner could be delirium and hallucinations. You could also turn psychotic and accidentally hurt yourself or someone else. ...Read more
No: just don't take it again, with some people yes it can cause palpitations and incoordination ...Read more