Swallowing a Benadryl gel product meant to be rubbed on the skin has caused serious side effects. FDA gives advice to consumers to help them avoid this type of error
|Type||antihistamine, allergy Medication|
|Manufacturer||Johnson & Johnson|
In the United States and Canada, it is the first-generation antihistamine diphenhydramine. Diphenhydramine can also cause sleepiness. The product is not recommended for use in children under 6 where it has caused fatalities.
Some products marketed in Australia and New Zealand as a cough medicine with the Benadryl name contain diphenhydramine. In the United Kingdom, the active component of Benadryl is often the antihistamine acrivastine or cetirizine.
Benadryl is available for by mouth or topical use. It is marketed without a prescription by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Before 2007, Benadryl was marketed by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (originally Warner–Lambert).
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