Benadryl Fastmelts

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By TinaM on Sat, 06-09-07, 22:34

I was wondering if anyone knew if these work as well as the liquid for children??
I have been carrying the liquid around for quite awhile (along with epi), but I have problems with the bottle always leaking at some point.

I don't know about the age limits either, ds is 6.
Anyone use these in their kit?

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By Pebbles Mommy on Sun, 06-10-07, 22:45

I live on these things... Literally, anytime I eat food that I myself haven't prepared I use them. There are two types, the childrens and the adult. I believe that for me, they work better, and maybe a little faster than the liquid. Because the fast melts disolve so quickly, I feel like I get a faster dose.

I however, cannot stand the taste of them. So, I have begun to roll them up into a little ball, and then swallow them.

One strip equals one tablet, or one serving of liquid.

For me, these strips have been a godsend.

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By that'smetrying on Mon, 06-11-07, 02:58

I have had situations where we needed them FAST and it took a long time to open the packaging!!! For a while I carried a scissors with us, but now that my son is carrying his own meds we've gone back to liquid. I can send him with a small, one dose bottle that he can just drink down quickly and not worry about getting into the packaging! I was really frustrated with the fast melt packaging, and I have been meaning to write a letter.

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By TinaM on Mon, 06-11-07, 12:40

I haven't thought about the packaging! I know with the way things are packaged these days, it might be next to impossible to get them open.

I guess we'll just have to keep working with our liquid for now. Thanks for the info on those!

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By MCKMOM on Mon, 06-11-07, 15:32

On My dd's Benedryl "fastmelts" are
tablets...is that what you mean?

She loves the flavor..so if she needs them it's never a problem..they melt on her tongue....I also have the strips, but they are hard to open....also the Dr. gave me trial sizes of the liquid so its easy to carry in your purse, next time see if they have those too!

We have never had an "emergency" yet, Thank Goodness....only a few hives, no other symptoms...so as for effectivness in an emergency I can't answer....

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By that'smetrying on Mon, 06-11-07, 16:01

Our allergist told us that the fast melt tabs -- the ones that look like paper -- are as effective as liquid. He did say the fast melt pills are not as fast.

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By Pebbles Mommy on Mon, 06-11-07, 18:39

The Benadryl that I am talking about is the ones that are in thin strips.

I have also found that the packaging can make them hard to get into. So what I do is as soon as I buy a new package, I open up the carrying case (which by the way is toatlly convenient and small), and physically cut each package. Each package has two scored lines that are supposed to be helpful in tearing open the package, but I have found that these lines aren't always scored all the way through. So I just take my scissors, and just cut the scored lines a little bit. The package is still totally sealed, but now I can open it super fast. I usually carry the container of them in my back pocket if I don't feel like carrying my purse.

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By TinaM on Thu, 06-14-07, 20:59

Yes, I was referring to the tablets
Thanks for the input!
I will probably talk to my allergist soon about the melts. Right now, DS has had a tonsilectomy and adenoids out, so it'll be the liquid for awhile anyway.

Pebbles Mommy- cutting the packages is a great idea for your strips.
You all are giving me great ideas!
Thanks!

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By saknjmom on Thu, 07-05-07, 15:11

We keep fast melts in the epi carriers. they are difficult to open. DH tore the backing off all of them, but the problem is the expiration date is on that paper. So we keep them in the blister together, peel off the backing of four...we can still see the x date on the others attached.
I purchased the strips...WAAAY too hard to open without scissors.
I always felt that the tablet (fast melt) would be better because if someone was having difficulty swallowing, you could put the pill in their mouth say by their cheek and there is less volume of stuff to swallow. KWIM? One or two teaspoons of liquid is a lot to go down when you can't breathe.
does that make sense?

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By bethc on Thu, 07-05-07, 20:45

Our allergist said that the strips are as quickly effective as the liquid. He advised not carrying them in your pants pocket since they melt easily. I normally have a collapsible scissors in my purse, but when I send DD off with DH, I haven't thought to put the scissors in her bag.

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By ajgauthier on Thu, 07-05-07, 23:29

after hearing about all the talk of the dissolving strips packages...I took one out to try it today. Wow...I mean, if I was panicking I *so* could not open it.

So I went through and 'rescored' the little lines...none of that 'fold on the dotted line and tear' stuff [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I like these b/c they fit nice in my wallet and aren't bulky.

I believe they are on sale this week at CVS too.

Adrienne

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By on Tue, 07-10-07, 11:33

I have carry three types of Benadryl for my reactions, Children's Chewable, Adult Thin Strips, and Dye-Free Allergy gelcaps.

The Children's Chewables work in about half the time that the adult capsules and are less likely to make me drowsy. I use them for early onset of small reactions or when I am going to have to drive.

The Thin Strips are my favorites because they are so handy, and they knock out my symptoms quickly. The only problem I have is that they also knock me out in about 10 minutes.

I still carry the gelcaps because sometimes, I can't afford to take a nap after taking meds. While they take a little longer to hit my system, they still work quicker than the regular capsules. They also make me very drowsy, but it takes longer than the Thin Strips.

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By joeybeth on Thu, 07-12-07, 05:30

i recently told my kids' allergist that i was using the benadryl strips now instead of the liquid for the ease of use. he seemed surprised and said he'd recommend the liquid instead. when i pressed as to why he felt that way, he just said something to the effect of "well, we know it's fast and it works. why not stick with it?"

personally, i think the strips would be easiest since there would be no measuring of any sort. however, our allergist believes we should carry premeasured doses of the liquid benadryl with us. i have no idea where you'd find such a thing. maybe he's suggesting i premeasure some out myself and keep them in our bag?

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By ajgauthier on Thu, 07-12-07, 06:32

Quote:Originally posted by joeybeth:
[b]i recently told my kids' allergist that i was using the benadryl strips now instead of the liquid for the ease of use. he seemed surprised and said he'd recommend the liquid instead. when i pressed as to why he felt that way, he just said something to the effect of "well, we know it's fast and it works. why not stick with it?"

personally, i think the strips would be easiest since there would be no measuring of any sort. however, our allergist believes we should carry premeasured doses of the liquid benadryl with us. i have no idea where you'd find such a thing. maybe he's suggesting i premeasure some out myself and keep them in our bag?

[This message has been edited by joeybeth (edited July 12, 2007).][/b]

I had found some really nice 1oz and 2 oz bottles that Nalgene makes for camping/travel/medications. NO LEAK! I moved all my liquid benadryl to those and label them with a sharpie/mailing label.

You can get these in most camping stores or online.

I like the wider opening ones as opposed to the narrow opening.

Adrienne

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By abigailsmoma on Thu, 07-12-07, 13:35

I know the fastmelts chewables have soy as an ingredient. Does anyone know if the Strips do? Thanks

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By joeybeth on Fri, 07-13-07, 04:43

thanks for the info adrienne! i will definitely look for those.

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By CVB in CA on Mon, 08-13-07, 17:04

I've been told the fast melts should not be used for a soy reaction as they contain soy.

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By on Wed, 08-22-07, 05:32

Oh!! I am so glad that someone mentioned soy in the fastmelts!!! I have never really looked at them as an option, but I am glad to know that just in case.

One other thing about the Quick Disolve Strips - as these disolve, they are partially absorbed through the mucous membranes in your mouth. This method delivers medications to your bloodstream more quickly than absorbtion through ingestion.

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By 2BusyBoys on Wed, 08-22-07, 12:42

FAAN's August-Sept. Food Allergy News has an interesting article written by Dr. Wood about the Quick Dissolve Strips vs. liquid Benadryl.

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By Adele on Wed, 08-22-07, 14:06

Quote:Originally posted by Pebbles Mommy:
[b] Each package has two scored lines that are supposed to be helpful in tearing open the package, but I have found that these lines aren't always scored all the way through. So I just take my scissors, and just cut the scored lines a little bit. The package is still totally sealed, but now I can open it super fast.
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Good point! I flew Southwest in July (I didn't request a peanut-free flight) and was miserable with coughing, etc.
I had the Benadryl Quick Dissolve Strips with me, but couldn't open foil package. I tried everything - my teeth, keys, etc. Obviously I didn't have a pair of scissors with me on the flight. I took a regular Benadryl pill instead which didn't start working until I arrived at my destination.

I have pre-cut the remaining packages, as Pebble's mom suggests. I also requested a peanut-free flight for my return trip.

Adele

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