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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?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Better to use Clarit

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or diphenylhydramine is a first generation antihistamine wich is quite sedating and has to be taken every 4to6 hours to be effective, while Claritin is long actong once a day, non sedating and can be taken with all other asthma meds.

In brief: Better to use Clarit

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or diphenylhydramine is a first generation antihistamine wich is quite sedating and has to be taken every 4to6 hours to be effective, while Claritin is long actong once a day, non sedating and can be taken with all other asthma meds.
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Dr. Linda Green
Second generation antihistamines such as Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec have fewer side effects than Benadryl and are taken once a day.
Dr. James Fox
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and the older antihistamines can dry the mucus in the lungs and lead to blockage of the airways.
The newer antihistamines, such as zyrtec, Claritin and Allegra would be safer. Another option for severe nasal allergies would be an intranasal corticosteroid. Flonase and Nasonex require a prescription, but Nasacort AQ is now available otc.

In brief: Yes

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and the older antihistamines can dry the mucus in the lungs and lead to blockage of the airways.
The newer antihistamines, such as zyrtec, Claritin and Allegra would be safer. Another option for severe nasal allergies would be an intranasal corticosteroid. Flonase and Nasonex require a prescription, but Nasacort AQ is now available otc.
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