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Cold Symptoms 2 reviews 1060 medications
   
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9.0
Nausea/Vomiting 8 reviews 160 medications
   
8.6
Urticaria 2 reviews 188 medications
   
8.5
Allergic Reactions 11 reviews 184 medications
   
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For Urticaria "I was diagnosed with Chronic Idopathic Angioedema in 2005. I was 8 months pregnant and woke up one morning and my face was unrecognizable. I called my Dr and they said "oh it's probably just pregnancy swelling". I am an only child so I didn't know about facial swells. My husband came home and said this is NO pregnancy swelling. This was in 2003. It continued weekly so we took pictures and took to my obgyn. He had been practicing medicine for over 30 years and never seen anything like it, I saw numerous Dr.s and was finally diagnosed. I was in the hospital and swelled up I was given over Benadryl. It took my breath away and couldn't speak. Another nurse came in and yelled at the nurse. It has 2 b given slow or its very dangerous"

   
7.0

Chronic Idopathic Angeodiema (taken for 5 to 10 years) December 1, 2016

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For Allergic Rhinitis "I been up since12 pm with hay fever took a benadryl then couldn't stop sneezing due to hay fever nasal passages swollen and can't breathe it doesn't make me sleepy at all and my nose is still stuffy its is now. 3am I'm still up suffering with hay fever and just took another benadryl smh .not working fast enough for me plus I suffer with hay fever really really bad"

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 21, 2016

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For Allergic Reactions "My adult size teenage son was given Benadryl IV, 50mg, *along with Compazine IV as a "headache cocktail" in an emergency room in September of 2016. While there is no way to know for certain if Compazine or Benadryl caused the severe reaction he experienced, he has tolerated oral Benadryl just fine in the past. However, it seems important to share our experience based on the severity of his reaction that day and that multiple reports of similar exist. I do not recommend the "headache cocktail" of Benadryl and Compazine together and hope the number of similar reports are looked into."

   
6.0

Son, age 16 (taken for less than 1 month) October 15, 2016

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For Urticaria "I would get so worked up with hives before an exam with my gynecologist, that I would have to cancel. One day I took a Benadryl (they usually come in 25 mg or 50 mg tablets, or in packs of two 25 mg tablets)- just 25 mg before my appointment, and it really took the edge off. I had no hives and was much more relaxed. I buy the generic brand at the Dollar Store. This is used in our house for insomnia, allergic reactions, stuffy noses, and what I had previously mentioned. It is not habit-forming, and at such low doses, it's easy to control. Just make sure you stay hydrated! One word of caution to parents with young kids or teens- there have been many cases of suicide attempts and to trip out on."

   
10

Nurse-student July 11, 2016

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For Nausea/Vomiting "I had a couple surgeries on my jaw where I could not open it fully for an extended period of time. I am already semi-allergic to pain meds / anesthesia (excessive vomiting and nausea) so I was terrified to take my pain killers after surgery. The nurse / doctor recommended taking a couple Benadryl tablets (25mg) before the pain meds and it worked wonders! The only side effect is drowsiness."

   
10

MarD24 June 5, 2016

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For Allergic Rhinitis "Good antihistamine. Can cause drowsiness, but it works quickly and shrinks nasal swelling better than some of the other choices. I take a newer antihistamine during the day, but this helps a ton at night when the other wears off and the pollen is still bad."

   
8.0

NCResident (taken for 5 to 10 years) May 23, 2016

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For Allergic Reactions "I take one before bed which keeps me breathing easily during the night despite my allergies. It also helps me get to sleep and stay asleep. The active ingredient, dyphenhydramine HCL, you will find is the main ingredient in quite a few over the counter sleep medications so that should tell us something. And Benadryl or a generic drugstore brand are cheaper and just as effective. Have been taking this for over 20 years and have no side effects"

   
9.0

Amensus (taken for 10 years or more) April 28, 2016

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For Allergic Reactions "Best drug for me to wake up with good sleep and not have a headache. I have used it for 8 years for allergies (itchy eyes, bug reactions) and my house always has it in stock. Love the drug!"

   
10

Allergic Headaches/can't sleep (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 20, 2016

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For Allergic Rhinitis "Works better then most prescription drugs for allergies and chronic sinusitis ( I've had sinus surgery 4 times due to this), whose side effect are health threatening. I will only take at night due to the drowsiness, this drowsiness can turn into nervousness if I don't fall asleep and keeps me up all night. I do have drowsy days often with naps from sitting and just passing out. I find that if continue taking every night about the fourth I begin to have vivid and horrible nightmares. I also get drenching night sweats - the two are not always together one night I may have one or the other. I take one (1) tablet."

   
8.0

707 NC (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 8, 2016

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For Allergic Rhinitis "experienced very low heart rate, palpatations, very disoriented, drowsy after taking only one 25 mg pill"

   
1.0

grandynandy March 2, 2016

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For Allergic Reactions "Allergy reaction to nuts. Started feeling swelling around mouth, throat.... very scary, feel like I am stopping to breath. This instant relieve. Give it 10-15 minutes till kicks in. WORKS WONDERS. BUT.... you might need a good snooze after a good dose..."

   
10

Madam2 January 25, 2016

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For Nausea/Vomiting "I get severe migraines and was given this in the hospital instead of traditional nausea meds. It work well and I now use it at home and actually works better than Zofran or Phenagren."

   
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Mmwillis December 29, 2015

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For Nausea/Vomiting "I got a severe back injury about 2 years ago. Couldn't function pain was so bad. So my doctor started putting me on codiene, then vicoden, then tramadol, and then so on but they all gave me hours of vomiting, gut wrenching cramps, and sweating. Read about benadryl being used to prevent this side effect. I took 3 25 mg tabs. I know that is one over recommended but I was desperate. 35 mins later I was sitting with my kids and not the trash can for the first time in a while. I can't believe I didn't figure this out sooner especially with a biotech degree."

   
10

A biotechnologist. (taken for less than 1 month) December 20, 2015

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For Nausea/Vomiting "I have Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and take Benadryl everyday. It helps take the edge off. There are less side effects than other anti nausea medications and is safest for the body."

   
9.0

Andy D November 24, 2015

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For Nausea/Vomiting "I use it for nausea. It works wonders for me."

   
10

works! (taken for 10 years or more) October 2, 2015

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For Allergic Rhinitis "Very sensitive to medication. Can not take histamines. Finally have outgrown allergies. Off and on about 20 yrs."

   
4.0

OAIAB January 25, 2015

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For Extrapyramidal Reaction "Diphenhydramine definitely calms down my muscles and helps with any antipsychotic induced akathesia at night. Great for sleep as well and helps me stay in bed in the mornings, but I'm able to get up early if I need to."

   
9.0

robertocsada (taken for less than 1 month) January 12, 2015

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For Nausea/Vomiting "Great for nausea. However does cause sleepiness."

   
9.0

cd101617 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 30, 2014

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For Allergic Reactions "I was given Benadryl at the hospital for an allergic reaction. It instantly shot my heart rate up to 217 bpm and instantly my mouth got dry I couldn't swallow my chest felt hot like an elephant was sitting on it and I got really cold. It put me into shock my body wouldn't stop shaking, I could breath. It was so scary I thought I was dead thanks to the doctors quick response he saved me but it almost killed me. "

   
8.0

use caution when taking October 28, 2014

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For Allergic Rhinitis "Benadryl knocks all my symptoms out, the only problem is it can knock me out too but when nothing else works, Benadryl will do it. It's cheap, effective and available in every store."

   
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Leelo (taken for 10 years or more) March 19, 2014

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For Nausea/Vomiting "I have emtophobia, that is, a pervasive fear of vomiting. I do not know if this affects vomiting, but if I feel nauseous, Benadryl works wonders. My stomach settles right down and my anxiety lowers just enough for me to deal with it without the use of benzodiazepines."

   
7.0

Anonymous June 15, 2012

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For Allergic Reactions "Relieves most allergy symptoms."

   
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benny d. reAl (taken for 10 years or more) May 22, 2012

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For Allergic Reactions "I use this medicine for weather allergies and allergies to medications when I need it. It does help greatly but does not last long and my burning sensation comes back into my body and the hives start to show. However a lot of people say that this medicine makes them feel sedated. I have the complete opposite I take 1 before bed and I will not sleep."

   
8.0

Jen234 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 12, 2012

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For Nausea/Vomiting "Didn't seem to work very well for me."

   
2.0

Anonymous April 12, 2012

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For Allergic Reactions "Works well and is one of my to go-to antihistamines. However it is very sedating and is also not long-lasting. It would work great for someone with insomnia as a milder sleep-aid, but for my use I would say that it works, but makes you sedated."

   
7.0

AllergySufferer March 14, 2012

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