What is Benadryl Allergy Relief?
Benadryl Allergy Relief capsules are a treatment for allergy and hay fever symptoms. They can help to prevent symptoms like sneezing, watery itchy eyes, and a blocked or runny nose. If you’re suffering with irritating allergy symptoms, especially over the spring and summer months, Benadryl could be the perfect way for you to relieve and prevent those symptoms.
What causes allergies?
Allergies happen because your body is sensitive to irritants like plant pollen, dust mites, or pet fur. When you come into contact with something you’re allergic to, your body creates histamine in an attempt to get the allergen out of your system. This causes allergy symptoms in your eyes, ears, nose, throat, or anywhere else that may be affected by the irritant you’re sensitive to.
How will the acrivastine in Benadryl Allergy Relief ease my allergy symptoms?
The active ingredient in Benadryl Allergy Relief is an antihistamine called acrivastine. It works by blocking the histamine in your body, keeping it from triggering your allergy symptoms when you come into contact with something you’re sensitive to. This helps to relieve and prevent symptoms like sneezing, itching, a runny or blocked nose, watery eyes and more.
Can I take this product if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Benadryl. Some medications may not be ideal for you or your baby at these times and a medical professional may wish to recommend another form of allergy relief for you until you’ve finished breastfeeding.
Will this antihistamine make me drowsy?
The acrivastine in Benadryl Allergy Relief can make you feel drowsy or dizzy after you’ve taken this product. If this happens to you, you should not attempt to drive or use any tools or machinery until the effects have passed and you’re sure that you’re safe to do so.
Can I take acrivastine if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Benadryl. This especially applies if you’re already taking:
Sedatives or tranquillisers, which are used for anxiety or sleep disorders
Ketoconazole, an antifungal medication which is used for fungal infections
Erythromycin, an antibiotic used for bacterial infections
Is there anything I can’t eat or drink while taking this product?
You should not drink grapefruit juice while taking Benadryl Allergy Relief. It can affect how the medication is absorbed into your system and how it works. Also, you should avoid drinking alcohol while taking this or any other antihistamine. Alcohol can make you more likely to experience the side effects of this medication, especially drowsiness.
How to take this product
Take one Benadryl Allergy Relief capsule up to three times a day. Swallow the capsule whole with a sip of water or another cool drink. Do not take more than 3 capsules a day, do not take a double dose.
When should this product not be used?
Benadryl Allergy Relief is not suitable for children under the age of 12 or people over the age of 65. Do not use this product if you are allergic to activastine, triprolidine, or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not use this product if you have severe kidney disease. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you have:
An intolerance to some sugars, as this product contains lactose
Does Benadryl Allergy Relief have any side effects?
Like all medications, Benadryl Allergy Relief can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following symptoms you should stop use and seek immediate medical assistance:
Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, or other areas of the body
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Other allergic reactions, e.g. rash
Other side effects you may experience include:
If you experience these or any other side effects you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 30 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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The active ingredients in Benadryl Allergy Relief are: 8 mg Acrivastine in each capsule.
Other ingredients are: Lactose, sodium starch glycollate, magnesium stearate, gelatin, colouring (E171) and purified water.
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When you’re suffering from hay fever it can make the Spring and Summer months unbearable.
It feels like everything you do makes you a magnet for pollen and you get really sick of explaining that you’re not upset, your eyes are just watering with your allergies!
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When you're taking a new medication you might not have considered that your favourite fruit could have an affect on your medicine and how it works. If you're a grapefruit lover, you could be surprised to learn that grapefruit can have a huge affect on your everyday medication, and could even trigger some harmful side effects!
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