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Is There A Difference Between Benadryl And Pseudoephedrine
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Avoid decongestants: 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
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