FAQs

 
 

Are the BENADRYL® products Kosher?

No, none of the BENADRYL® products have had rabbinical supervision and are not considered Kosher.

Do any of the BENADRYL® products contain aspirin?

No. All of the BENADRYL® products are aspirin-free.

Can I use two BENADRYL® products during the same time? For example, the BENADRYL® Cream and BENADRYL® oral product?

No, since you will be getting a dose of diphenhydramine from two sources.

Should I use an expired product?

No. If your product has expired, please properly discard it and obtain a new product.

What is the difference between BENADRYL® Topical and Oral BENADRYL® products?

Some BENADRYL® branded products are for oral use, meaning that they are intended to be ingested (swallowed). The Oral BENADRYL® products come in tablet and liquid forms. They temporarily relieve the symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, itchy nose or throat) of upper respiratory allergic reactions, such as hay fever or the common cold. Other BENADRYL® branded products are for topical use, meaning that they are intended to be applied directly to the skin. The Topical BENADRYL® products come in cream, gel and spray forms. They provide temporary relief of itching and pain associated with insect bites, minor skin irritations, and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. It is important to read labels carefully and follow the directions for use. Do not drink (swallow) a Topical BENADRYL® product.
Do not use two products containing diphenhydramine during the same time.

Where can I find more information?

You can obtain more information about BENADRYL® by talking to your doctor or pharmacist. You can also contact us at McNeil Consumer Healthcare by visiting our website Benadryl.com or contacting our call center at 1-877-717-2824.

How do I dispose of unused medicine?

Unless instructed otherwise, do not dispose of unused medicines by emptying them into your sink, toilet, or storm drain.

Some states may have regulations regarding pharmacy or community take-back programs in which they may receive and dispose of returned unused drugs for patients. It is recommended that a local pharmacy or local authority be contacted to determine if it participates in such programs.

In the event that medicines cannot be disposed of by take-back programs, place them in the household trash taking the following steps:

  • Make sure that they are in an unrecognizable sealed container; ensuring that children, pets, and others do not have access to the contents of the container;
  • Dispose of the container in household trash.

 

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What is the difference between BENADRYL® Topical and Oral BENADRYL® products?

BENADRYL® Topical Anti-Itch products provide temporary relief of itching and pain associated with insect bites, minor skin irritations, and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. The Oral BENADRYL® products temporarily relieve the symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, itchy nose or throat) of upper respiratory allergic reactions, such as hay fever or the common cold. Do not use two products containing diphenhydramine during the same time.

Can I use BENADRYL® Topical Anti-Itch products with a medical condition?

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using any OTC medications if you have an underlying medical condition, or if you take prescription drugs.

Can I use BENADRYL® Topical Anti-Itch products on my pet?

No. BENADRYL® Topical Anti-Itch products are not intended to be used on pets. Please consult your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health needs.

Are BENADRYL® Topical Anti-Itch products efficient on any type of itch?

The formulation in BENADRYL® Topical Anti-Itch products makes them especially efficacious against most outdoor itches, such as insect bites, minor skin irritations, and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.

Can the BENADRYL® Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel be ingested?

No. All the BENADRYL® Topical Anti-Itch products are topical products and should not be ingested.

Swallowing an over-the-counter medication meant to be rubbed on the skin can have harmful effects, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Although there are other over-the-counter liquid BENADRYL®products intended to be swallowed, BENADRYL® Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel is NOT one of them. It is a topical product meant for use only on the skin.

BENADRYL® Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel is safe and effective when used on the skin as directed. People who swallow it can receive dangerously large amounts of the active ingredient, diphenhydramine hydrochloride. To help consumers recognize that BENADRYL® Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel is meant for use on the skin, McNEIL-PPC, Inc. has:

  • changed the product label to add a new, prominent statement: "For Skin Use Only"
  • attached a sticker to the cap of the product that says "For Skin Use Only"
  • initiated consumer studies to better understand factors that may contribute to consumers mistakenly swallowing BENADRYL® Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel

Can this BENADRYL® ReadyMist™ Itch Stopping Spray be used with prescription acne products?

This product is not indicated for use with acne products. Please consult with your physician.

Where can I find more information on BENADRYL® Topical Anti-Itch Products?

Call our call center at 1-800-524-2624 (Information available in English and Spanish)

How do I dispose of unused medicine?

Unless instructed otherwise, do not dispose of unused medicines by emptying them into your sink, toilet, or storm drain.

Some states may have regulations regarding pharmacy or community take-back programs in which they may receive and dispose of returned unused drugs for patients. It is recommended that a local pharmacy or local authority be contacted to determine if it participates in such programs.

In the event that medicines cannot be disposed of by take-back programs, place them in the household trash taking the following steps:

  • Make sure that they are in an unrecognizable sealed container; ensuring that children, pets, and others do not have access to the contents of the container;
  • Dispose of the container in household trash.

 

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Allergy Tips

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Get out of town

Consider taking a vacation during the height of the pollen season to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach or sea.

Choose pets wisely

Get pet allergy testing before you choose a pet.

Wash surfaces regularly

Use single-wipe dust rags and damp mops to clean. If you use cleaning rags, wash them in hot water after every use.

Chores then out the door

During housework, wear a mask to protect yourself from allergens. Afterwards, leave the house to avoid allergens you may have stirred up.

Don't line dry

Avoiding hanging sheets and clothes outside to dry. You'll end up capturing unwanted allergens and bringing them into the house.

Don't mow or rake

Mowing lawns and raking leaves can stir up pollen and mold. If you must, protect your nose and eyes.

Camp with a plan

Avoid camping during high allergen seasons and always pack your medications. Always keep medicine out of the reach of children.

Know when to leave

Outdoor air pollution can make symptoms worse. Consider traveling in the early morning or late evening when air quality is usually better.

Travel with your medicine

Carry on your allergy medicine when traveling. Remember, it is best to have original packaging when passing through security.

Dehumidify and clean

You can reduce moisture in damp basements with dehumidifiers, but make sure to empty the water and keep units clean.

Clear the mold

If you find mold on a hard surface, clean it up with water and detergent and let it air dry completely.

Clean the cage

Waste is a source of allergens from rabbits, hamsters, mice, and guinea pigs. Cage cleaning should be done by a non-allergic family member.

Hot wash, hot dry

Once a week, wash bedding in hot water and dry it in a hot dryer.

Vacuum and filter

A vacuum equipped with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter will help reduce allergens in the air.

Filter your air

Consider using a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter wherever you spend a lot of time, especially your bedroom.

Take off your shoes

Leave your shoes at the front door to avoid tracking dust and allergens into the home.

Close the windows

Keep your windows closed to help keep allergens on the outside. If it gets warm, use an air-conditioner.

Choosing the right room

When choosing rooms in a hotel, request a sunny, dry room away from indoor pools and one that is pet-free.

Bring your own covers

If you're allergic to dust mites, consider bringing your own allergen-proof pillows and covers.

Keep pets off the bed

Keep your pets out of your bedroom and especially off of your bed to help reduce their allergic effects.

Give it a rinse

Nasal irrigation or washing of the nasal cavity and nostrils with saline solution can be done daily to help promote healthy sinuses.

Change your clothes

If you've worn it outside, don't wear it inside. That way you avoid spreading allergens around your home.

Keep these tips in sight to help keep allergies away.

Keep these tips in sight to help keep allergies away.

Leave shoes and allergens at the front door.

Leave shoes and allergens at the front door.

If it's dry and windy outside - go out later.

If it's dry and windy outside - go out later.

Check out our pollen forecast before venturing outdoors.

Check out our pollen forecast before venturing outdoors.

Keep your child's room clean. Clutter attracts dust.

Keep your child's room clean. Clutter attracts dust.

Deck your child's bed out with a dust mite-proof cover.

Deck your child's bed out with a dust mite-proof cover.

Keep outdoor allergens out by keeping your windows closed

Keep outdoor allergens out by keeping your windows closed

Keep pets off the couch

Allergens in the air can be reduced by keeping pets out of bedrooms, dens, or living rooms with upholstered furniture.

Plan your day

Base your activities on the forecast. Stay indoors on dry, windy days. A great time to run out is after rain has cleared away pollen.