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What is diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25mg?
What is diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25mg? 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. Benadryl dose is also used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Diphenhydramine hydrochloride for sleep can also be used to help you relax and fall asleep. Only use Benadryl in pregnancy when clearly needed.
Benadryl dose works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. Its drying effects on such symptoms as watery eyes and runny nose are caused by blocking another natural substance made by your body (acetylcholine).
cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use the Benadryl dose to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules) are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely.
These products do not cure or shorten the length of the common cold and may cause serious side effects. To decrease the risk for serious side effects of the benadryl dose, carefully follow all dosage directions. Do not use a benadryl dose to make a child sleepy. Do not give other cough-and-cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients (see also Drug Interactions section). Ask the doctor or pharmacist about other ways to relieve cough and cold symptoms (such as drinking enough fluids, using a humidifier or saline nose drops/spray).
How to use
Follow all directions on the product package. If your doctor has prescribed this medication, take it as directed. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take the tablet, capsule, or liquid form of benadryl dose by mouth with or without food.
- Measure liquid forms of diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25mg using a special measuring device/spoon.
- Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
- If you have a single-dose form of diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25mg (such as a single-use whistle), you do not need to measure the dose.
- The rapidly-dissolving tablet or strip should be allowed to dissolve on the tongue and then swallowed, with or without water.
- The chewable tablets should be chewed thoroughly before being swallowed.
The dosage of diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25mg is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. There are many brands and forms of diphenhydramine available. Read the dosing instructions carefully for each product because the amount of diphenhydramine may be different between products. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than directed.
To prevent motion sickness, take your dose 30 minutes before starting an activity such as travel. To help you sleep, take your dose about 30 minutes before bedtime. If you continue to have difficulty sleeping for longer than 2 weeks, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
- stomach upset
- blurred vision
- dry mouth/nose/throat
If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
To relieve dry mouth, suck (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute.
If your doctor has directed you to use diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25mg, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including mental/mood changes (such as restlessness, confusion), difficulty urinating, fast/irregular heartbeat.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including seizures. Only use diphenhydramine hydrochloride for sleep when clearly needed.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away.
Warnings & Precautions
- Before taking diphenhydramine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it.
- Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
- Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages.
- Avoid to take benadryl in pregnancy.
- Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use.
Liquid products, chewable tablets, or dissolving tablets/strips may contain sugar and/or aspartame. Liquid products may also contain alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, liver disease, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.
Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug. This drug can often cause excitement in young children instead of drowsiness.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, constipation, or trouble urinating. Drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion can increase the risk of falling.
Benadryl in pregnancy, diphenhydramine hydrochloride for sleep should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not freeze liquid forms of this medication. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: antihistamines applied to the skin (such as diphenhydramine cream, ointment, spray).
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