BENADRYL ALLERGY CHILDRENS 6+ 1MG/ML ORAL SOLUTION

Active substance: CETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

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The medicine contains cetirizine dihydrochloride
which is an antihistamine that helps relieve allergy
symptoms associated with the above conditions,
such as sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes and
skin rashes.

6+

1 mg/ml Oral Solution

Cetirizine
This medicine is used to relieve the symptoms
of hay fever and other allergic conditions such
as pet allergies, dust allergies and skin reactions.
■ This medicine is for use by children aged 6 years and
over and can also be used by adults.
■ Do not give this medicine:
■ There are some people who should not use this
medicine. To find out if your child is one of them See
Section 2 c
■ If your child has ever had a bad reaction to
any of the ingredients. See Section 6 for the
list of ingredients c
■ Speak to your doctor:
■ If your child suffers from any of the conditions
mentioned in section 2. See Section 2 c
■ Follow the dosage instructions carefully.
Children of different ages need different amounts. These
are shown in the tables. See Section 3 c
Now read this whole leaflet carefully before you use
this medicine. Keep the leaflet: you might need it again.


1 What the medicine is for
Benadryl Allergy Children's 6+ 1mg/ml Oral Solution
treats children aged 6 years and over and adults: Suffering
from hay fever and year-round allergies such as dust or pet
allergies. It can also be used to treat the symptoms of
urticaria, also known as hives, where the skin looks blotchy,
with white raised wheals (bumps) surrounded by redness.



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X Do not give this medicine…

Some of the ingredients can cause
problems
Methyl (E218) and propyl (E216)
parahydroxybenzoate may cause allergic
reactions which could possibly be delayed.
■ If you have been told by your doctor that your child
has an intolerance to some sugars, contact your
doctor before giving this medicine.


2 Before giving this
medicine to your child
This medicine is suitable for most children aged
6 years and over, but a few people should not use it. If you are
in any doubt, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. If you are an
adult taking this product you need to follow the same
precautions as listed below for children.

As with all antihistamines, it is advisable to avoid
excessive alcohol consumption when taking this
medicine.

3 How to give this
medicine to your child



Check the following tables to see how
much medicine to give.






If your child has ever had a bad reaction to any of
the ingredients.
If your child has ever had a bad reaction to any
other antihistamine containing products.
■ If your child has serious kidney problems.
■ If your child has an intolerance to fructose.
If these apply to your child now or in the past, get advice
from a doctor or pharmacist without giving Benadryl
Allergy Children's 6+ 1mg/ml Oral Solution.

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For oral use only.
Do not give more than the stated dose shown in the
tables.

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Children under 6 years old:

This medicine is not recommended for children aged
under 6 years old.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist…

If your child has kidney problems, as they may
need to take a lower dose.
■ If your child is an epileptic or at risk of
convulsions (fits).
If these bullet points apply to your child, talk to a doctor or
pharmacist.


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Children aged 6 - 12 years:

Age
Children aged
6 - 12 years

Dosage


Give one 5 ml spoonful in the
morning and one 5 ml spoonful in the evening.

If you are an adult taking this medicine:
The following additional warning is included in case an
adult takes this product.
■ Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking
this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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If symptoms persist talk to your doctor.

Special warnings about this medicine


In most people this product does not cause
drowsiness. However, there are rare exceptions and
you should take care when you use this product for
the first time. If this product makes you feel drowsy,
do not drive or operate machinery.

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Adults and children aged 12 years and
above:

Age

Dosage

Adults and
children aged 12
years and above





Give two 5 ml spoonfuls once
a day.

If symptoms persist talk to your doctor.

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If anyone has too much
If anyone has too much contact a doctor or your
nearest Accident and Emergency Department
(Casualty) taking this leaflet and pack with you.

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Other effects which may occur include:
Common:
■ Headache or dizziness.
■ Drowsiness or tiredness.
■ Restlessness.
■ Dry mouth, sore throat.
■ Upset stomach, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea.
■ Runny nose.
Uncommon:
■ Agitation.
■ Weakness.
■ Malaise.
■ Insomnia.
■ Pins & needles.
■ Itching.
■ Rash or hives.

If you forget to give the medicine

Rarely:

If you forget to give a dose, give the next dose
when needed provided that you do not give more
than the recommended dose in 24 hours.
Do not give a double dose.

Aggression, depression.
Weight gain.
Swelling.
Movement disorders including tremor, muscle
spasm and tics.
Very Rarely:
■ Taste disorder.
■ Blurred vision, eye movement disorder.
■ Difficult, painful or involuntary urination.
If your child experiences any side-effects not included in
this leaflet or you are not sure about anything, talk to
your doctor or pharmacist.

4 Possible side-effects
Benadryl Allergy Children's 6+ 1mg/ml Oral Solution can
have side-effects, like all medicines, although these
don't affect everyone and are usually mild.

If your child experiences any of the
following, stop giving this medicine and
seek immediate medical help:
Sudden signs of allergy such as rash, itching or
hives on the skin, swelling of the face, lips,
tongue or other parts of the body, shortness of
breath, wheezing or trouble breathing.
■ Bruising or bleeding more easily than normal.
■ Convulsions (fits).


If your child experiences any of the
following, stop giving this medicine and talk
to your doctor:






Confusion.
Hallucinations.
Abnormal liver function tests.
Rapid heartbeat.
Loss of consciousness.






6 Further Information
What’s in this medicine?
The active ingredient in Benadryl Allergy Children's 6+
1mg/ml Oral Solution is: 1 mg Cetirizine dihydrochloride in
each 1 ml.
Other ingredients are: Sorbitol (E420), glycerol,
propylene glycol, sodium saccharinate, methyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E216), banana flavouring,
sodium acetate, glacial acetic acid and purified water.

What the medicine looks like
Benadryl Allergy Children's 6+ 1mg/ml Oral Solution is
a clear, colourless, sugar free oral solution available in
70 ml bottles.
Product Licence holder and manufacturer:
McNeil Products Ltd, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3UG,
UK.
This leaflet was revised March 2010.
Benadryl is a registered trade mark.

5 Storing this medicine
Keep the product out of the reach and sight of children.
This medicinal product does not require any special
storage conditions.
Do not use after the end of the month shown as an
expiry date on the packaging.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help
to protect the environment.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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