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BENADRYL FOR CHILDREN ALLERGY SOLUTION
Active substance(s): CETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE / CETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE / CETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE
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:
o There are some people who should not use this medicine. To find out if your child is
one of them see section 2 >
o If your child has ever had a bad reaction to any of the ingredients. See section 6 for
the list of ingredients >
Speak to your doctor:
o If your child suffers from any of the conditions mentioned in section 2. See section 2
o Follow the dosage instructions carefully. Children of different ages need different
amounts. These are shown in the tables. See section 3 >
Now read this whole leaflet carefully before you use this medicine. Keep the leaflet: you might need
1. What the medicine is for
Benadryl for Children Allergy 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.
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.
2. Before giving this medicine to your child
This medicine is suitable for most children aged 2 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.
X Do not give this medicine…..
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
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 for Children Allergy Solution.
! Talk to you 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 art risk of convulsions (fits).
If these bullet points apply to your child, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
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
! 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.
As with all antihistamines, it is advisable to avoid excessive alcohol consumption when
taking 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.
3. How to give this medicine to your child
Check the following tables to see how much medicine to give.
For oral use only.
Do not give more than the stated dose shown in the tables.
Children under 6 years old:
This medicine is not recommended for children under 6 years old.
Children aged 6 – 12 years:
Children aged 6 – 12 years
If symptoms persist talk to your doctor.
Give one 5 ml spoonful in the morning and
one 5 ml spoonful in the evening.
Adults and children aged 12 years and above:
Adults and children aged 12 years and
If symptoms persist talk to your doctor.
Give two 5 ml spoonfuls once a day.
! 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.
! If you forget to give this medicine
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.
4. Possible side-effects
Benadryl for Children Allergy 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
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
Bruising or bleeding more easily than normal.
If your child experiences any of the following, stop giving this medicine and talk to your doctor:
Abnormal liver function tests.
Loss of consciousness.
Other effects which may occur include:
Headache or dizziness.
Drowsiness or tiredness.
Dry mouth, sore throat.
Upset stomach, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea.
Pins and needles.
Rash or hives.
Movement disorders including tremor, muscle spasm and tics.
Blurred vision, eye movement disorder.
Difficult, painful or involuntary urination.
If your child experiences any side-effects talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
any possible side-effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side-effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side-effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this
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.
6. Further Information
What’s in this medicine?
The active ingredient in Benadryl for Children Allergy Solution is 1mg 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 acid and purified water.
What the medicine looks like
Benadryl for Children Allergy Solution is a clear, colourless, sugar free oral solution available
in 70ml and 100ml bottles.
Product Licence holder and manufacturer:
McNeil Products Ltd, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3UG, UK
This leaflet was revised July 2015.
Benadryl is a registered trade mark.
McNeil Products Ltd.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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