Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that is effective in treating sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, skin rash, itching, hives, and other cold or allergy symptoms. The medication is available under many brands and forms, but Benadryl is one of the most popular.
If you are going to take this medication, you probably want to know about its possible risks and the ways to prevent them. The given infographic shows the most common adverse effects of Benadryl. Obviously, this is not a complete list and other symptoms may occur. You should contact your doctor for medical advice on any changes in your well-being that may be linked to the use of this antihistamine.
Usually, those symptoms are mild and reduce as the body adjusts to the medication. If they bother you, you can ask your doctor for advice, wait until they fade, or try to reduce them on your own. For example, if you feel dizzy, stand up slowly from a lying or sitting position. Also, avoid driving, using machinery, or doing anything that requires mental alertness.
AddictionResource authors say the best way to prevent side effects is to read the medication guide or an information sheet that comes with Benadryl and follow the instructions.
Infographic by: addictionresource