How much Benadryl for a reaction?

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By Adele on Sat, 11-04-06, 15:54

I'd like to know how much Benadryl you take if you're having a reaction?

The adult dose is 25 - 50 mg every 4 to 6 hours. Have you taken more than this?

I just bought a package of Benadryl Quick Dissolve Strips.
The entire package has a total of 125 mg in it....which is only 2 1/2 adult doses at 50 mg each.

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By McCobbre on Sat, 11-04-06, 18:57

I'm pasting from another post of mine about benadryl on the main board and adding a bit:

My first shellfish reaction (GI) took 75 mg of the stuff--not all at one time--probably over the course of an hour, and I was out for like 18 hours. Every time I woke up I had to take more because I was getting more stomach cramps.

(My allergist had told me to go to 75--and that took care of it. I should have called him back and done an Epi--I know that now.)

I would not recommend going to 75. At that point, I still wasn't sure I was allergic. Like I said it was my first. I would say that if you have a reaction where the recommended dose isn't working, it's Epi time. As those of us who have GI reactions know, it's often hard to tell when to know to use an Epi. I honestly believe I should have used it then.)

But I was looped out at that high dose. If I have 25 mg I can get loopy.

But the 12.5 mg in the Triaminic strip is perfect, and I have that when I have a reaction--a small one. I like the fact that it's a measured dose. I use it sublingually.

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