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Will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help wheezing?

Will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help wheezing?

No: Not enough to help, even in allergic asthma, which you might find surprising. Oh, they've tried; trials Seldane at super-high doses in '90's before being pulled from the market potentially fatal arrythmia. Get a prescription for a short-acting bronchodilator like albuterol or levalbuterol, or an anticholinergic like Atrovent (ipratropium). ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

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My child has been sick for over a month. He's 5 months old, and has been in Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and breathing treat ya for wheezing. Can I do something else?

My child has been sick for over a month. He's 5 months old, and has been in Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and breathing treat ya for wheezing. Can I do something else?

Infant Asthma: If he is still having wheezing for over a month, he should be evaluated by a pediatric pulmonologist. I don't personally like to use benadryl (diphenhydramine) in anyone with wheezing. I would switch to loratidine. Good Luck ...Read more

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I took 2 zyrtec 10 mg and I was around 2 dogs for several hours. I'm wheezing and chest feels tight. Is it safe to take benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

I took 2 zyrtec 10 mg and I was around 2 dogs for several hours. I'm wheezing and chest feels tight. Is it safe to take benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Go to ER: You are describing symptoms of difficulty breathing and benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not going to help with that. You need medications to bronchodilate you lungs and possibly decrease the inflammation and swelling. Head to ER for urgent care of you breathing issues ...Read more

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Shall I give benedryl for wheezing for 6 years old boy?

Shall I give benedryl for wheezing for 6 years old boy?

Treatment of wheeze: Wheezing is a common symptom of asthma and is treated with albuterol inhalers for quick relief. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an old antihistamine that is helpful for allergies, but is not the preferred medication for wheezing. A physician can assist in identifying the cause of wheezing and the best treatment. ...Read more

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Constant wheeze at the end if each breath outwards for the last few weeks, although peak flow is normal, inhaler & antihistamines NT clearing wheeze?

Constant wheeze at the end if each breath outwards for the last few weeks, although peak flow is normal, inhaler & antihistamines NT clearing wheeze?

Adjust meds: Asthma can fluctuate depending on the season and your environmental triggers, your inhaler may need to be changed or its dose adjusted as it seems ypur asthma is not well controlled now. Call your doctor about it. ...Read more

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I sometimes wheeze like asthma but antihistamines relieve it very effectively. Should I still be taking steroid inhalers?

I sometimes wheeze like asthma but antihistamines relieve it very effectively. Should I still be taking steroid inhalers?

Yes: Please continue using your steroid inhaler as prescribed, that's why your asthma is controlled, as for the antihistamine relieving wheezing, can't find an explanation, however there's no harm using it, keep your follow up with your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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Took 1 25 mg benedryl for allergy relief. Struggling with wheezing so took 1 puff Proair inhaler. Do I need to worry about interactions?

Took 1 25 mg benedryl for allergy relief. Struggling with wheezing so took 1 puff Proair inhaler. Do I need to worry about interactions?

Allergy: You may be having an airway inflammation reactive to an allergen. There is no problem with benadryl (diphenhydramine) and proair. I am more concerned about you being pregnant and experiencing restrictive airway. If this persists, please consult your doctor. You may need more aggressive bronchodilator / inhaler treatment. ...Read more

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Prescribed albuteol for cough and wheezing, soon noticed a rash and red bumps on body. Stopped inhaler and using benedryl. Rash not going away! 3 days?

Prescribed albuteol for cough and wheezing, soon noticed a rash and red bumps on body. Stopped inhaler and using benedryl. Rash not going away! 3 days?

Rash, cough & wheeze: Although possible, it's rare to get a rash from albuterol. Have your physician diagnose it; I believe it's not related to the inhaler. Taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can worsen the cough and wheezing as well. So I advise you to resume the inhaler immediately in addition to starting a steroid inhaler 2x a day to prevent worsening of your condition. ...Read more

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Can I take benzonotate with Benadryl?

Can I take benzonotate with Benadryl?

Yes: There is no interaction between these medications. Take them as directed. ...Read more

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Will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) affect bbt?

? bbt?: I again am assuming what "bbt" means to you - that being basal body temperature. If that is the case, the answer is no - Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will not affect your body temperature in any way. If I am wrong in my assumption as to what "bbt" is, please clarify and resubmit question. ...Read more

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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) be cut in half?

Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) be cut in half?

Cutting benedryl: Benedryl comes in tablets and liquid in addition to capsules. The dose can be reduced in half using the tablet or liquid. ...Read more

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How fast should Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work?

How fast should Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work?

15 to 60 minutes: It start working within 15 to 60 minutes of ingestion. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and qnasl?

Yes: Yes they work in combination for upper
respiratory allergies. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and virtussin?

No: Combination isn't advisable, benadryl (diphenhydramine) may increase CNS depressive effects of virtussin, better see your doctor if the cough is really bothersome, good luck ...Read more

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Would Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work for my mild sa?

? sa: I am going to assume "sa" is seasonal allergies. So, yes, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) would work for these, but is certainly not the optimal answer. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tends to be sedating and also needs to be taken 4 times a day for optimal effect. If you are having to take doses that often to keep symptoms under control, should consider alternative treatment for allergies. If "sa" not allergies, please resubmit question. ...Read more

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Can taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) everyday be bad?

Can taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) everyday be bad?

Better choices: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a very sedating antihistamine and there are better OTC and Rx choices. ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more