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Bromfed Sedating Antihistamine
I gave my 7 year old 5mL of Bromfed and 7.5mL of Benadryl not realizing Bromfed has an antihistamine in it. Is there anything I should watch for?
Call poison control: Anytime there is a concern about potential medication issues--always call the regional Poison Control. These consultants are available 24 hours a day and have vast resources when attempting to deal with medication problems--in this case, a concern about possible overdose. Every child is different, and because there are so many possibilities of adverse effects when mixing meds, call Poison Control. ...Read more
Benadryl (diphenhydramine).....: Is probably the most readily available sedating antihistamine. It is a common ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) preparations for sleep, such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM -- the PM part is diphenhydramine, the generic name for Benadryl. Another one I like to use is hydroxyzine (also known as Vistaril or Atarax) but that is only available as a prescription, however its metabolite is Zyrtec, which is OTC. ...Read more
BENADRYL (diphenhydramine) ALLERGY: Bromfed is the brand name of a combination medicine that contains the drugs brompheniramine & dextromethorphan. It is a cough suppressant, and histamine blocker which means that allergic reaction to Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a distinct possibility. ...Read more
I understand that one cannot become addicted to antihistamines, however, can't people become addicted to the sedating effects of drugs?
Tolerance: You become tolerant to the sedative effect of first generation antihistamines and with time you will no longer feel sedated from them. If you are using then as a sleep aid, will you need more with time to achieve the same level of sedation. It is not an addiction, it is tolerance to the medication. ...Read more
Bromfed (brompheniramine) DM: The normal dosing of Bromfed (brompheniramine) dm is four hours, so I think it should be fine to take in four hours. ...Read more
I gave my 2yr old bromfed dm 6hrs after giving her benadryl. Did I do something wrong? Will. She be ok?
Define wrong?: Neither drug is recommended for kids under 6. They used to be given often but more than a decade ago we realized more kids ended up in ER's with an overdose than got any benefit from them. Their main "benefit" was it gave you something to do. But they thicken the kids secretions and make them harder to cough out. A little honey in lemon juice can actually help more. ...Read more
If my 7 yr old is taking Bromfed Dm and got attacked by Mosquitos is it safe to use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help with itching while taking Bromfed Dm?
If I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before getting on a plane, will the sedation from it help with my plane anxiety?
I am taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with minimal side effects only light sedation. Going to try hydroxyzine. Will I get more side effects than Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?
If I have developed resistance to benadryl's sedating effects (+/-150mg), will it still work4allergy?
Give it a try: Diphenhydramine (benedryl) is a very effective antihistamine, holding on to histamine binding sites better than some products. Its drawback other than sedation has been its limited duration of effect, eclipsed by products like zyrtec (cetirizine) that can last all day. Sedation is not a measure of its worth, only its ability to get into your brain and mess with neurotransmitters. ...Read more
My son is scheduled for dental work with sedation tomorrow & has to fast from tonight. Is it safe to give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in the morning for motion sickness?
Taking lethal over: Dose would do that. Lethal overdoses of antihistamines are rare. Are you considering taking an overdose of antihistamines? If so, please get help right away. You can use national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255). If you have accidentally taken too many antihistamines please contact 1-800-222-1222 (poison control hotline). Take care. ...Read more
Which one: First generation antihistamines are sedating, second generation ones are not, overdosing on the latter hardly kills, but may cause sedation. Overdosing on first generation antihistamines may be more of a problem, but again they are safe in high doses. ...Read more
Several are good: Loratedine (Alavert, Claritin), Cetirizine (Zyrtec)and Fexofenadine (Allegra)are all effective. Dyphenhydramine (Benadryl) is short acting so if you want the reaction not to come back in the middle of the night then one of the above would be better. Remember that you should not give children under 2 antihistamines without checking with your doctor. Between 2-4 y/o you should also ask. Not for colds ...Read more
Antihistamines: They are almost all over the counter. The only one that is not yet is one used for deep sedation called hyroxyzine. ...Read more
Yes: Taking antihistamines with betablockers like propranol is typically very safe. ...Read more
Typically no: Antihistamines are generally not considered a group of medications that directly cause gout. However, antihistamines can cause dryness, and if that progresses to dehydration, then gout attacks can occur with a higher frequency. This would be an indirect cause. Antihistamines generally don't cause significant dehydration. Aspirin can make gout worse, as can other salicylate-containing meds. ...Read more