Benadryl is an antihistamine medication, which helps the occurrence of natural chemical histamine in a human’s body. The drug is prescribed to treat the following health problems: sneezing, itching, runny nose, motion sickness, rash, hives, watery eyes, Parkinson’s disease (mild form). Moreover, it may also suppress coughs and induce sleep.
The medication can be also indicated to treat a number of conditions, not mentioned here.
Before you start taking the medication, certainly mention your health care specialist about the following:
Increased eye pressure;
If you have any of above-mentioned conditions, you may not be allowed to take Benadryl, or you may be prescribed lower doses and suggested monitoring during the whole period of treatment.
Benadryl is FDA category B pregnancy drug. It means that it’s not harmful to the fetus. However, if you are pregnant, do not start taking it without your doctor’s advice. The medication can be harmful to an infant during the period of breastfeeding, as infants are more susceptible to antihistamines. If you are older than 60 years old, you are likely to face a number of Benadryl side effects. At this age, you may require a lower dose of the medication.
How to Take It
Benadryl should be taken the way your doctor has indicated. If you do not understand some directions, contact your healthcare provider for more detailed information.
Each dose should be taken with a full glass of water. You can take it with or without any food. Use a special measuring spoon to ensure you take a right amount of the medicine. Never take more drug than you were prescribed. 300 mg is the maximum amount of Benadryl you can administer during a 24-hour period. It’s recommended to be very careful while driving or performing any other activities. It’s not suggested to drink alcohol, as it can enhance drowsiness during the treatment.
Common side effects include:
Problems with urination.
Stop taking the drug and seek immediate emergency help if you have the following:
Closing of the throat;
Swollen lips, face or tongue;
This list of side effects is not complete and many others can occur, depending on your particular health condition.
If you miss Benadryl dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it’s already the time for the next one, skip a missed dose and return to your regular schedule. Do not take double dose to cover a missed one. In case of overdose, you are likely to have the following side effects:
Ringing in the ears;
If you suspect overdose, seek medical advice immediately.