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  • Benadryl

    itching head face neck. i had topical dermitis months ago. everything looks ok, but i am now dry and oily. benydryl pills help but is it safe. i couldn't use it years ago. it made me feel like i was passing urine but i wasn't (condom catheter). i now have have a foley, gp said i'll ok but i'm not sure. IS THIS SAFE.
    Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.
    Bob Seger

  • #2
    Suggest you see a dermatologist, not just your GP.

    Diphenhydramine (generic of Benadryl) is an antihistamine best used for short term management of allergic reactions such as hives, and is sometimes used for mild Parkinson's Disease as well as as a sleeping pill (hypnotic). It is not a good drug to use as a sleeping pill or for regular use for the elderly, who often have untoward side effects from its use. It can also interact adversely with many other medications. Here is a good site that discusses side effects:

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    • #3
      I will never take Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) again. The last two times that I took it, I developed an ileus and had to stay in the hospital for a few days. I didn't think they were linked until I read this document: