Frequently Asked Questions
Here’s a list of common questions and answers about BENADRYL®, and the allergies our products can help treat. Answers when you need them most. Just another form of relief from the BENADRYL® brand.
What is BENADRYL®?
BENADRYL® is antihistamine that works to relieve your allergies when you need it most.
Is BENADRYL® an antihistamine?
Yes. The active ingredient in BENADRYL is diphenhydramine, which is an antihistamine.
Can BENADRYL® Allergy make you sleepy?
The Diphenhydramine in BENADRYL® Allergy can cause drowsiness.
What symptoms does Oral BENADRYL® Allergy relieve?
Oral BENADRYL® Allergy temporarily relieves indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms, such as sneezing; runny nose; itchy, watery eyes; and itchy nose or throat.
What symptoms does Topical BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream relieve?
Topical BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream temporarily relieves pain and itching associated with insect bites, minor burns, sunburn, minor skin irritations, minor cuts, scrapes, and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.
What’s the difference between Oral and Topical BENADRYL® products?
Oral BENADRYL® Allergy products are meant to be ingested (swallowed). They come in tablet and liquid gel, and temporarily relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory allergies. Topical BENADRYL® itch relief products are only to be applied directly to the skin. They come in cream, gel and spray forms, and temporarily relieve itching and pain on the skin. It is important to read labels carefully and follow the directions for use. Do NOT swallow a Topical BENADRYL® product. Do NOT use two products containing diphenhydramine at the same time.
Can I use two BENADRYL® products at the same time?
No. Do NOT use two products containing diphenhydramine at the same time, even if one is topical and the other is oral.
Can I use BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream products on my dog, cat or other pet?
No. BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream products are not intended to be used on dogs, cats or any other pets. Please consult your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health needs.
Can I use BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream products with a medical condition?
If you take prescription medication or are being treated for any medical condition, check with your doctor or pharmacist before using any over-the-counter medicines at all.
Can I use BENADRYL® if it is expired?
No. If your BENADRYL® has expired, please discard it properly and get a new package. Visit the FDA website for more information.
What is Children’s BENADRYL®?
Children's BENADRYL® is an antihistamine that helps relieve allergy symptoms and make children feel better when they need it most.
What symptoms does Children’s BENADRYL® Allergy relieve?
Children’s BENADRYL® temporarily relieves indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms, such as sneezing; runny nose; itchy, watery eyes; and itchy nose or throat.
What is the difference between pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine?
Both pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are decongestants that help relieve the symptoms of nasal and sinus congestion, as well as sinus pressure. Children’s BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion contains phenylephrine, which helps relieve these symptoms as well as other allergy symptoms for 4 hours. There are no BENADRYL® products that contain pseudoephedrine.
Is phenylephrine sold behind the pharmacy counter like pseudoephedrine?
No. Phenylephrine is available to the public over the counter.
How can I be sure I’m giving my child the proper dose of Children’s BENADRYL®?
Always follow the instructions that come with Children’s BENADRYL®. When taking 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. Follow this helpful BENADRYL® Dosage Chart to learn more. If you have any questions about treating your child’s allergies, please speak with your doctor.
How is BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion different from BENADRYL® Allergy?
BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion contains phenylephrine, which relieves nasal congestion. So it relieves all the same symptoms as BENADRYL®, plus it provides fast congestion relief. For more, see: What symptoms does Oral BENADRYL® Allergy relieve?
How does BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion work on sinus pressure and congestion?
BENADRYL® Allergy Plus Congestion contains a nasal decongestant that works by narrowing the blood vessels in the nose that are expanded during the common cold or allergies. When the blood vessels in the nose and sinuses narrow, the tissue shrinks and allows the normal flow of air and mucus. This results in a temporary relief of nasal congestion, sinus congestion, and sinus pressure.
How do I know if I have allergies vs. a cold?
If you’ve been stuffed up, sneezing or wiping your nose for weeks or months on end, there’s a strong chance allergies are to blame—especially if you don’t have aches, pains or a fever. Get more information about allergies vs. colds.
What are the common symptoms of upper respiratory allergies? Common allergy symptoms include runny nose, congestion, sneezing, sinus pressure, itchy throat, itchy nose or itchy and watery eyes. What are outdoor allergies?
Outdoor allergies (seasonal allergic rhinitis) are seasonal, often triggered by mold spores and pollens from trees, grass and weeds.
What are indoor allergies?
Indoor allergies (perennial allergic rhinitis) flare up year round. These allergies are triggered by dust mites, pet dander, mold and mildew.