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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?

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.

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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What are sedating antihistamines for insomnia?

What are sedating antihistamines for insomnia?

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.

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If I'm allergic to Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I take Bromfed?

If I'm allergic to Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I take Bromfed?

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.

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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.

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How long after taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I take Bromfed dm?

How long after taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I take Bromfed dm?

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.

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I gave my 2yr old bromfed dm 6hrs after giving her benadryl. Did I do something wrong? Will. She be ok?

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.

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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 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?

Probably not: Probably not a good idea. Bromfed and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) both contain "antihistamine" medications which act via the same mechanism. This combination may cause excess sleepiness or lethargy. Bromfed should help with itching.

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If I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before getting on a plane, will the sedation from it help with my plane anxiety?

If I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before getting on a plane, will the sedation from it help with my plane anxiety?

Causes drowsiness: Might suggest this be dealt with like one handles stage fright. Try a beta-blocker like propanalol or timolol. Another choice, alprazolam, which could keep you more awake. Talk to your doc, as these approaches are all generic and relatively cheap.

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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)?

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)?

Hydroxzine: It depends upon the dose you were taking. Benedryl is a antihistamine that is usually very sedating. If you were on a small dose of benedryl and now u You are going on a large dose of Hydroxzine you may have more sedation.

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If I have developed resistance to benadryl's sedating effects (+/-150mg), will it still work4allergy?

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.

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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?

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?

Not our decision: If your son is being put to sleep for his treatment, the medication may interact with the general anesthetic. The doctor rendering the treatment must make this decision. Call them.

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What is the best time to take an antihistamine?

What is the best time to take an antihistamine?

Any time: You can take antihistamines any time of the day. Take them same time of day everyday.

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Can I die by taking too many antihistamine tablets?

Can I die by taking too many antihistamine tablets?

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.

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Is it possible to die from an overdose of antihistamine pills?

Is it possible to die from an overdose of antihistamine pills?

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.

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Can you use antihistamine and wine?

Can you use antihistamine and wine?

Not a good idea: Antihistamines (especially the older ones such as benadryl) can cause drowsiness and impairment and this can be worsened by the effect of alcohol even at regular doses. There are other allergy medications available that can be taken if a glass of wine is desired.

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Which antihistamine dries up drainage best?

Which antihistamine dries up drainage best?

1st generation: As diphenhydramine, because of more anticholinergic effects, but would cause more sedation, read the labels well, don't drive or operate machinery while using them, if they still don't work, see your doctor for better diagnosis and management

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Which is the best antihistamine for children?

Which is the best antihistamine for children?

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

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Is loratadine the best antihistamine out there?

Which one works: The best for you is the best one for you.

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How can I tell if my antihistamines are working?

How can I tell if my antihistamines are working?

Feeling better?: The symptoms that they are intended to treat improve.

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