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Will Benadryl Help Asthma
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is sedating: Claritin, zyrtec, allegra, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with allergy and asthma symptoms caused by allergies to respiratory pollens or other airborne allergens. One should work with his doctor to see which combination of over-the-counter allergy meds and prescription asthma inhalers/pills work the best. A patient will learn over time, what medicines to add or increase, depending on how "bad" the air is. ...Read more
No: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not a treatment for asthma. Depending on the severity of asthma, different medications can be used. Mostly, they are inhalers since it does not cause serious side effects when you take it for a long time. You should see an allergist or pulmonologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Use with caution: The antihistamine products like benedryl will thicken your mucous secretions which can be a problem for those on the margins with asthma. Asthma patients tend to have problems with excess secretions already & thickening them lakes it harder for them to be cleared from the airways. Benedryl can often be used during periods of good control, but i avoid it during flares. ...Read more
Depends on situation: Antihistamines have a drying effect & can cause a thickening of the respiratory mucous that is already a problem for some asthmatics. When asthma is well controlled & the occasional allergic issue arises, i see no problem using benedryl. I don't recommend it to those that are symptomatic with their asthma. ...Read more
Can asthma develop with age, as in 27 years old and just now showing symptoms? And is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) bad to take if showing symptoms of asthma?
Any age: Asthma can develop at any age. Most children who develop asthma will have symptoms before 3 years old. 20% of adult onset asthma will have an occupational trigger for their asthma. Old information suggested Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and old antihistamines could worsen asthma. This is not the case, but the newer antihistamines such as claritin, zyrtec, and Allegra are effective and do have less side effects. ...Read more
Will giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help my 10yo with his asthma at night? he also has allergies.
No: Children who have asthma may have symptoms during the night, the major one being a nighttime dry cough. Benadryl(diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine which helps with allergies and can cause sleepiness. In most cases, Benadryl will not hurt the asthma but will not fix the problem. Asthma symptoms in the night are usually signs of poor asthma control and warrant follow-up with your pediatrician. ...Read more
I have really bad allergies & also asthmatic, I am wondering if it is safe to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as my allergies are unbareable, will it affect my asthma?
I have asthma, allergies and pnd. I believe Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will curb my pnd, yet may harm asthma. Should I use it here and there at regular strength? Thank
Im asthmatic but developed a barking deep cough 4 weeks ago. Relived by ventolin and benadryl. Is the cough triggered by my asthma or something else?
Trigger ???: This is likely an interplay between your asthma, which is a constant but hopefully controlled,an an external trigger. Some exposure or infectious process is likely the "trigger".Sorting that out may require you keep track of when, what, where all this started and what additional symptoms you have had during the process.Take the list to you doc and see if additional treatment/s are needed. ...Read more
I wanted to know I took benadryl (diphenhydramine) because my allergies are acting up and I'm stuffed up, i have a cough, I'm weeding because my asthma as well. Is it o?
Probably not: I presume you are asking whether it is ok to do some weeding when your nose is stuffed up and your asthma is not controlled. In general , the answer would be no since you are likely allergic to weed pollen and molds from the disturbed soil. It is also important for you to call your doctor about your asthma. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or any other antihistamine has no decongesting action, nasal steroid does. ...Read more
Can i take codeine cough syrup & Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with Lexapro not at the same time my dry cough from asthma is getting really bad?
Treat asthma: The best way to control a cough from asthma is to treat the asthma and not using cough suppression. You need to see your doctor to get the right medication since I do not see the presence of any asthma control drugs in your profile . Stopping smoking would also be in your best interest. ...Read more
Hi, my daughter is 14 and has asthma, she has a cold with an asthmatic cough, can I give her Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Nyquil on top of her flovent?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and asthma: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) should not be used for asthma. With asthma there is decreased ability to clear mucus. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has a drying effect on the airway and it is possible to plug up an asthmatic by making the mucus thicker. Also it is sedating and during an asthmatic attack you want the patient to be awake and to cough up mucous. NyQuil has benadryl (diphenhydramine) in it as well as Dextromethorphan which can be sedative. ...Read more
Is pseudoephedrine safe for asthma as well as loratadine both in Claritin D because I know Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as an antihistamine is contraindicated ?
Would it be possible that a pregnant woman take benadryl/antihistamine to treat an allergic reaction or help allergy induced asthma?
Yes & No: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is considered safe in pregnancy & may be used to treat allergic conditions like allergic rhinitis or hives. Antihistamines like Benadryl are not effective for itching not associated with a rash. This can be due to pregnancy-related liver problems. Talk to your OB about that. Benadryl is also not effective for asthma. There are safe asthma drugs to use while pregnant. ...Read more
My 3.5yr old has head & chest congestion. Is it safe to give him Mucinex & Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together to dry up his congestion before it irritates his asthma?
No: Antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can cause drying of the congestion in the lungs and actually can make his asthma worse. Lots of oral fluids would be better, and start treating his asthma early if it occurs. Mucinex may help loosen the secretions, but likely won't help his wheezing. ...Read more
Hi, I have allergic rhinitis and asthma, since my allergies are very strong I drink allegra daily can i take benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night?
Is it safe to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with cymbacort , I have COPD and mild asthma but am having some allergy symptoms right now?I also use rescue inhaler
Yes, but: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an excellent antihistamine and works very well. However, the side effects (sedation, visual disturbances, dizziness when standing up to fast can be problematic). There are other antihistamines that have fewer side effects like Claritin which are more likely to not affect other medications you may be using. ...Read more
What are the best treatments for asthma and allergies? I am using nasonex, spirivia, albueterol, and benadryl (diphenhydramine). Plus doing sinus rinses. Still sick.
Asthma guidelines: If you do have asthma spireva is not an asthma medication, although is sometimes of benefit especially if there is also copd. I cannot tell you what is the correct asthma medication for you. You need to see a board certified allergist for appropriate evaluation and treatment of your entire respiratory system. ...Read more
My husband is having a moderate asthma attack. It was caused by a toilet deodorizer. Can i give him benadryl (diphenhydramine)? He also had a fever and nose is stuffed.
Moderate?: Difficult decision. Mild would be easy - so would severe. It should be okay to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) unless he has a hx of bad reaction to it. But, if there is any doubt - see a doctor. A bad asthma attack can be hard to treat and is good to avoid. It sounds like he doesn't have meds on hand. For the future, an inhaler might be good to have on hand. Hope it goes well. ...Read more
My doctor said that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) could make an asthma attack worse. But that zyrtec or allegra would be better. Why?
Antihistamines dry: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is more drying than the newer antihistamines in general, and we worry that occasionally an antihistamine will dry secretions so much that they will solidify inside you. This is rare, but has happened. When it first came out, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) was actually a treatment for asthma and one of my patients says they flew it to dallas from st. Louis to treat her asthma! she was 6 mo old & it saved her. ...Read more
I take Claritin & sudafed daily to help w/allergies & asthma, but allergies &/or head cold are very bad now. What else can I add? Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?
I want a cardiac CT scan but am scared of allergic reaction to the dye, I have mild asthma. Can i request Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or how can I get round this?
See answer: Talk to your dr. / radiologist about the appropriate pre- procedure allergic preparation. It usually involves pre-procedure oral steroids (if you are an asthmatic already on steroids this may be modified), possibly an oral antihistamine, and may be performed in a hospital center depending on the severity of your prior iodine sensitivity. ...Read more
Need alternative to zirtec for allergy-induced asthma. Allegra and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) don't work, nor albuterol asthma inhalars. Claritin gives me nasal pain.
Allergic help: You will definitely need to speak with your physician about this. Other alternatives include the short acting chlorphenamine (chlortrimetron), sold over the counter. There are prescription medications - xyzal, singulair, xopenex, (levalbuterol) Flonase and more. Ultimately - make sure you speak with your physician about this, since the medications you have tried so far are not providing relief for you. ...Read more
Cough variant asthma. Also itchy and breathless. Tried telfast, benadryl, piriton, serratide. Doc closed. Take Alvesco, (ciclesonide) salbuair or ventolin?
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Diphenhydramine's anticholinergic effects are to blame. They cause it to aggravate increased intraocular pressure, and dry secretions in those having asthma attacks, making it hard to clear secretions. Here's a link: http://answers.Yahoo.Com/question/index?Qid=20090328145710aa3jfbq
the link is wrong about pregnancy, though. It's category b, not c, for pregnancy and considered safer than other meds. ...Read more
Is it true that diphenhydramine is contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma and pregnancy?
DPH & Asthma, glauco: Diphenhydramine(dph), benadryl, (diphenhydramine) is an antihistaminic having an Atropine like effect, i.e. In asthma is dries up secretions in the bronchi ( the respiratory pipes), thus it worsens asthma. In glaucoma it can precipitate an acute angle closure glaucoma, yes it is unwise to use it. On other side effect is lethargy and in pregnancy it is also unwise to unnecessarily sedate the fetus. So, yes yes yes. ...Read more
Please explain why is diphenhydramine contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma and pregnancy?
Antihistamines like Diphenhydramine have side effects that effect a certain part of the nervous system (cholinergic) which would cause bronchoconstriction, and further closing of the "angle" in glaucoma (angle closure type). If you must take an antihistamine, speak to your physician about antihistamines that do not or minimally affect this system.
Good luck. ...Read more
54 year-old woman with a history of migraines and Raynaud, gets diagnosed with ischemic colitis, coronary artery spasms, and asthma during this.....?
Complex issue: With so many complications and disease conditions, you will likely benefit from a team approach. For that I would recommend that you go the something like the Mayo Clinic. ...Read more
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