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BENADRYL® (Diphenhydramine HCl) Dosage

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BENADRYL® Allergy ULTRATABS® Tablets

BENADRYL® Allergy ULTRATABS® Tablets with Allergy Relief and Diphenhydramine HCI 25 mg

Age 12+
Take 1 to 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours or as directed by a doctor.

Ages 6-12
Take 1 tablet every 4 to 6 hours or as directed by a doctor.

Under 6
Do not use.

BENADRYL® Allergy LIQUI-GELS®

BENADRYL® Allergy Antihistamine Dye-Free LIQUI-GELS® with Diphenhydramine HCl 25 mg

Age 12+
Take 1 to 2 capsules every 4 to 6 hours or as directed by a doctor.

Ages 6-12
Take 1 capsule every 4 to 6 hours or as directed by a doctor.

Under 6
Do not use.

BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion tablets

BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion for Sinus Pressure & Nasal Congestion Relief

Age 12+
Take 1 tablet every 4 hours.

Under 12
Ask a doctor.

Front product pack shot of Benadryl Extra Strength allergy relief antihistamine medicine tablets

BENADRYL® Extra Strength Allergy Relief Antihistamine Tablets with 50 mg of Diphenhydramine HCl

Age 12+
Take 1 tablet every 4 to 6 hours or as directed by a doctor.

Do not take more than 6 times in 24 hours

Under 12
Do not use.

Children’s BENADRYL® Dye-Free Allergy Liquid bubble gum flavor

Children’s BENADRYL® Dye-Free Allergy Liquid Diphenhydramine Antihistamine Allergy Medicine

Ages 6-11
Take 5 mL to 10 mL every 4 to 6 hours, or as directed by a doctor.

Ages 2-5
Do not use unless directed by a doctor.

Under 2
Do not use.

Children's BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion

Children's BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion Nasal Decongestant & Sinus Liquid Medicine for Kids

Age 12+ Take 10 mL every 4 hours.

Ages 6-11 Take 5 mL every 4 hours.

Ages 4-5 Do not use unless directed by a doctor.

Under 4 Do not use.

Children’s BENADRYL® Grape Flavored Chewable Tablets

Children’s BENADRYL® Chewables Allergy Relief Tablets Antihistamine Allergy Medicine for Kids

Age 12+
2 to 4 chewable tablets (25 mg to 50 mg) every 4 to 6 hours or as directed by a doctor.

Ages 6-11
1 to 2 chewable tablets (12.5 mg to 25 mg) every 4 to 6 hours or as directed by a doctor.

Ages 2-5
Do not use unless directed by a doctor.

Under 2
Do not use.

 

Children's Benadryl Allergy Liquid

Children’s BENADRYL® Allergy Relief Liquid Medicine with Diphenhydramine HCl

Ages 6-11
Take 5 mL to 10 mL every 4 to 6 hours, or as directed by a doctor.

Ages 2-5
Do not use unless directed by a doctor.

Under 2
Do not use.

Original Strength BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream

Original Strength BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream Topical Analgesic for Skin Relief

Ages 2+
Apply to affected area no more than 3 to 4 times daily.

Under 2
Ask a doctor before use.

Original Strength BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream Small

BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream Extra Strength Itchy Skin and Rash Relief with Diphenhydramine

Ages 2+
Apply to affected area no more than 3 to 4 times daily.

Under 2
Ask a doctor before use.

BENADRYL® Extra Strength Spray Small

BENADRYL® Extra Strength Topical Analgesic Spray for Skin Itch & Rash Relief

Ages 2+
Apply to affected area no more than 3 to 4 times daily.

Under 2
Ask a doctor before use.

BENADRYL® Extra Strength Itch Relief Stick Small

BENADRYL® Extra Strength Itch Relief Stick for Rashes, Insect and Bug Bites

Ages 2+
Apply to affected area no more than 3 to 4 times daily.

Under 2
Ask a doctor before use.

BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Gel Extra Strength Small

BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Gel Extra Strength Topical Analgesic Gel for Itchy Skin

Ages 2+
Apply to affected area no more than 3 to 4 times daily.

Under 2
Ask a doctor before use.

About Children’s BENADRYL® (Diphenhydramine HCl) Dosage

Children’s BENADRYL® allergy medicine products provide 4 to 6 hours of relief (per dose) of indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms such as:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy throat
  • Itchy nose

When giving your kids Children’s BENADRYL® Allergy Liquid, be sure to only use the dosing cup that comes in the package. Other items like kitchen teaspoons, droppers, or measuring devices that come with other medicines may not be accurate.

Pediatric dosing is to be given every 4 to 6 hours, or as directed by a doctor. Do not give more than 6 doses in 24 hours.

As with any medicine, overdose, abuse, or misuse can lead to serious side effects with potentially long-lasting or even life-threatening consequences.

Some signs of overdosage of BENADRYL® in children are extreme drowsiness, dilated pupils, blurry vision, confusion, racing heart, dry mouth, difficulty urinating, and agitation. If you suspect overdosage of BENADRYL®, immediately contact your local poison control center (1-800-222-1222).

About Adult BENADRYL® (Diphenhydramine HCl) Dosage

BENADRYL® provides 4 to 6 hours of effective relief from of indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms related to hay fever, upper respiratory allergy, or cold symptoms such as:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy throat
  • Itchy nose

Always follow the instructions that come with BENADRYL®. Take every 4 to 6 hours, or as directed by a doctor. Do not take more than 6 doses in 24 hours.

As with any medicine, overdose, abuse, or misuse can lead to serious side effects with potentially long-lasting or even life-threatening consequences.

Some signs of overdose of BENADRYL® in adults are extreme drowsiness, dilated pupils, blurry vision, confusion, racing heart, dry mouth, difficulty urinating, and agitation. If you suspect overdosage of BENADRYL®, immediately contact your local poison control center.

If you believe that you or someone you know has taken BENADRYL® or other diphenhydramine products in a manner not directed by the label, contact your local poison control center (1-800-222-1222).

The safety of the people who use our products is our top priority. To learn more about steps taken to address misuse and abuse of BENADRYL® and other diphenhydramine-containing products, visit our SAFETY page.

For a list of common questions and answers about BENADRYL®, please visit our frequently asked questions page.