What is the main ingredient in Benadryl?

Ingredient
Active ingredient (in each capsule)Purpose
Diphenhydramine HCl 25 mgAntihistamine
A.

What do you use Benadryl for?

Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine used to relieve symptoms of allergy, hay fever, and the common cold. These symptoms include rash, itching, watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, cough, runny nose, and sneezing. It is also used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness caused by motion sickness.
  • What are the side effects of Benadryl?

    Common side effects of Benadryl include:
    • drowsiness,
    • fatigue,
    • tiredness,
    • sleepiness,
    • dizziness,
    • disturbed coordination,
    • constipation,
    • dry mouth/nose/throat,
  • What is the use of Benadryl?

    USES: Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine used to relieve symptoms of allergy, hay fever, and the common cold. These symptoms include rash, itching, watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, cough, runny nose, and sneezing. It is also used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness caused by motion sickness.
  • What are the symptoms of an overdose of Benadryl?

    Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of a diphenhydramine overdose include extreme sleepiness, confusion, weakness, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, large pupils, dry mouth, flushing, fever, shaking, insomnia, hallucinations, and possibly seizures.
B.

Is it OK to take Benadryl as a sleep aid?

Experts say skip antihistamines. For people who take an antihistamine such as Benadryl for a cold or allergies, drowsiness is often a welcome side effect. While antihistamines may help you to fall asleep, overall sleep quality is usually not very good, he said.
  • Is Benadryl harmful to the kidneys?

    Acute kidney injury (AKI) can be caused by a commonly used over-the-counter and prescription medication, diphenhydramine (Benadryl, McNeil). We do not usually think of this drug as a major source of renal impairment, but it can cause problems in some predisposed patients, including elderly populations.
  • Can you take Benadryl for anxiety?

    They have some mild short-term anti-anxiety effects. Benadryl will work in a pinch if you need something without a prescription, but the most commonly used anxiolytic antihistamine is hydroxyzine (“Vistaril”, “Atarax”), which is a bit more powerful and less likely to make you fall asleep.
  • How much melatonin should I take to fall asleep?

    For trouble falling asleep: 0.3 to 5 mg of melatonin daily for up to 9 months has been used. For sleeping problems in people with sleep-wake cycle disturbances: 2 mg to 12 mg taken at bedtime for up to 4 weeks has been used.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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