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Difference Between Sudafed And Benadryl
Medical questions: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine, good for allergies and to lessen the drainage during an upper respiratory infection. Sudafed is a decongestant, good for helping you breath through a stuffy nose from a cold, bad allergies or sinus problems. Sudafed can also raise blood pressure, and shouldn't be taken on a regular basis. ...Read more
Pseudoephedrine (sudafed) can cause irritability and high blood pressure in children but doesn't seem to actually help with congestion until puberty. Sudafed-pe (phenylephrine) has the same issues but typically is very poorly absorbed into the body. These drugs should never be given to children given the potential harm and lack of benefit.
Benadryl should be limited to once a day during a cold. ...Read more
What is the recommended doseage schedule when taking both Sudafed with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?
Every 6 hours: It is OK to use both together. Do not use either one more than 4 times in a 24 hour period (every 6 hours). Of course, follow the directions on the box that indicates the number of pills (dosage) to take at one time. Sudafed is a decongestant and benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine so they have two different effects. ...Read more
I took regular sudafed a few hours ago. Can I take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before I go to bed?
Yes: Yes. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ins an antihistamine, and sudafed is a decongestant. There is no problem taking them together at their recommended dosages, as long as you don't have any medical conditions in which these medications are not recommended (check with your doctor if you are unsure). ...Read more
Not sudafed: It is okay to take benadryl (diphenhydramine) while taking Wellbutrin, although a less sedating anti-histamine such as Claritin or Zyrtec might be a better choice. Sudafed can result in increased heart rate and/or blood pressure, and these effects may be worsened while taking Wellbutrin. Try taking guafenesin in the form of Robitussin or Mucinex, it is very safe and may be very helpful for your congestion. ...Read more
I took my nasonex and my sudafed yesterday and felt fine all day, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) last night. I took my nasonex and sudafed today and feel off and tired?
I currently take flonase, benadryl, sudafed PE, &zyrtec, yet my allergies are not controlled. Avoid food sensitivities/worse after URI. Y nt controlled?
You might be a candidate for allergy desensitization shots. Are you able to avoid allergens? Make your bedroom as allergen free as possible. Here is an article from the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology:
http://acaai. Org/allergies/allergy-treatment/environmental-trigger-avoidance ...Read more
I had runny nose/congestion for 4 days, took Benadryl + Sudafed, runny nose gone now, but still need Sudafed at night to breathe. Should I be worried?
No: No, probably just a common cold, sometimes symptoms can last 10-14 days. Try not to use sudafed every night though. It is a decongestant and will work quickly to help you breathe, but can also cause side effects. Natural remedies like using a humidifier, nasal saline rinses, and drinking tea with honey before bed can help. ...Read more
I've tried Benadryl, Sudafed and Flonase for thumping in my ear. It's only helped me a little bit. Is there anything else I can do stop the thumping?
Well: First of all to fix the issue you have to find the causevofvtge issue. Your remedies have not worked so time to see the doctor for an exam first. ...Read more
I have a horrible headache from sinus pressure I tried afrin nose spray and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. I feel terrible? Would I benefit more from sudafed?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Sudafed: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine (blocks the histamine receptor) and sudafed is a decongestant. Basically sudafed grabs a hold of the blood vessels and squeezes them down for a period of time. Hence the reason that rebound congestion and high blood pressure are attributed to this medicine. ...Read more
Taking 120 mg pseudoephedrine every 12 hours, 10 mg loratadine in morning, and one Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime, is this ok?
Medication question: It is okay to take the pseudoephedrine with the loratadine. However, the nighttime Benadryl (diphenhydramine) would be considered a duplication of the loratadine which is a 24 hour medication. Without knowing more about your medical history, I would not suggest that you do that. Instead, I would suggest discussing the optimum management of your medications with your doctor. ...Read more
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Is pseudoephedrine safe for asthma as well as loratadine both in Claritin D because I know Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as an antihistamine is contraindicated?
My wife has been suffering from severe congestion due to allergies for the past week or two. We have tried using Zyrtec D, and separately Benedryl with Sudafed decongestant without relief. Her congestion seems to be at its worst in the evening, and last
Nasal steroid: Nasal steroid will likely be more effective but takes a few days of regular use to get optimal results. If still having problem, consult an allergist. ...Read more
Side effects of bendryl &sudafed? My heart was pounding, but I felt extreme drowsyness...i couldn't stop moving and part of my body, my skin was getting purple /red marks? But they go away. ..?
Yes: Yes sudafed can cause palpitation, increased in heart rate, and blood pressure, and anxiousness. That is the normal reaction to the drug. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will cause drowsiness ant lethargic and slight confusion. The combination will do exactly what you did experience. All of these will exaggerated if you are dehydrated. That why number one rule in treating cola, sinuses, viral illnesses. Is hydration and hydration ...Read more
Is there a difference between taking Benadryl vs reactine? I had an anaphylactic allergic reaction a few weeks ago and was recommended to take 25-50 m
My throat is hurting, how can I tell the difference between an infection and allergies? I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritin, anything I can take to help me out
Infx vs allergy: Symptoms of allergy vs. Infection can overlap and distinction can be difficult. Allergy symptoms will usually readily improve with Benedryl, Zyrtec, Claritin or nasal sprays, but will often relapse when the medication has worn off. Infections are generally associated with more fatigue, achiness, fever and colored nasal discharge of sputum from cough. ...Read more
Older antihstamines: Both medications are sedating antihistamines. Diphenhydramine is available over the counter in many forms; the best known brand name is benadryl (diphenhydramine). Prescription strength is 50mg. Atarax is available only by prescription, generic name is Hydroxyzine chloride (there is also Hydroxyzine pamoate, vistaril). If one takes either medication, that person should not drive. ...Read more
Is there a difference between Dimenhydrinate and Diphenhydramine? Which one would be better to take occasionally for insomnia?
Both antihistamines: Both of these medications have drowsiness as a side effect. Dimenhydrinate also known as Dramamine works better for dizziness, nausea, motion sickness, or vertigo. Once in the body it GIFs converted to diphenhydramine so the effects may be similar except that The half-life of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is shorter than the Dimenhydrinate. ...Read more
Diphenhydramine?: People have a tendency to take benadryl- diphenhydramine for sleeplessness. Ideally is not the good medicine for anxiety. Side effects are more. Has some effects on the central nervous system, can cause confusion -especially in elderly people, mouth dryness, fast heart rate, urinary retention -more evident in elderly men with big prostate glands. We call this as anticholinergic effect. Hydroxine-ok ...Read more
Diphenhydramine: Diphenhydramine is an antiallergy drug best known as benadryl (diphenhydramine). Dimenhydrinate is an over-the-counter drug used to prevent nausea and motion sickness. Dimenhydrinate is a combination of two drugs: Diphenhydramine and 8-chlorotheophylline, a chlorinated derivative of theophylline. ...Read more
Can you tell me if there is a difference between diphenhydramine hydrochloride and diphenhydramine HCI?
No difference: You're rather precocious if you're really 9yo! Anyway, HCl is shorthand/abbreviation for hydrogen chloride (hydrochloride) so diphenhydramine is diphenhydramine, a 1st generation antihistamine used to deal w/allergy symptoms, but also known to be sedating, so it's often added to other medications intended for sleep, eg Tylenol (acetaminophen) + diphenhydramine = Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM; Excedrin + diphenhydramine = ExcedrinPM ...Read more
Why do antihistamines make me have severe anger? The pills only contain the antihistamine...Nothing else. They do not contain pseudoephedrine.
"Mad as a hatter": You may be sensitive to the anti-cholinergic side effects of anti-histamines. ...Read more
Severe allergies. OTC don't work anymore except pseudoephedrine and benedryl (side effects). Recommend OTC. DO NOT SAY SEE A DOCTOR - can't afford?
Side-effect profile: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is one of the first generation anti-histamines which cross the blood-brain barrier and therefore causes sedation. It also has a significant drying effect in many patients. Claritin (loratadine) is a second generation and does not cross into the brain and therefore is considered non-sedating. It is usually less drying as well. ...Read more
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