Benadryl quick-dissolve tabs

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 2:37am
LisaG's picture
Joined: 07/19/2000 - 09:00

pHas anyone tried them? What is the dose of the tabs - correct dose for a 27lb/22month old? Been thinking lately they would sure be easier to carry tabs than a bottle of liquid and a syringe along with his epipen, etc. Seems since they are quick-dissolve, they'd work as quickly as liquid.... Anyone talked to their allergist about this? Thanks!/p

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 3:06am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Please do a search for this topic - it's been addressed by FAN in previous newsletters and discussed here on the boards.
I'm responding to you because I'm concerned that you would give a tablet to a 22 month old. I really would advise against this as a choking hazard. Also - what do you do if they start sucking on it and then spit it out? How much did they actually get in to their system - enough to stop the reaction? Would you then give them the liquid - how much? See what I'm getting at. I would hold off on the tablets until a more appropriate age.

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 5:37am
Rae's picture
Joined: 03/28/2000 - 09:00

By two, my daughter took the tablets. It depends on the child - she did fine and understood she had to chew and swallow. Our allergist said they work as quick as liquid.

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 9:55am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

From what I've heard, the quick dissolve tabs dissolve literally on contact with the tongue. However, I've only seen them in the combination formulas, ie - antihistamine/decongestant, so I haven't tried them.

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 11:26am
AmyR's picture
Joined: 09/26/2000 - 09:00

I have only seen chewable benadryl tablets in a allergy/cold combination. I've also seen a box that says "easy to swallow" but I don't believe these are the quick dissolve people are talking about. Now that I have an epimate, I'm on a mission to find these chewable tablets. I've been to at least five pharmacies and no luck yet. Has anyone seen just chewable allergy tablets?

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 11:29am
Beth's picture
Joined: 03/06/1999 - 09:00

Just today, I e-mailed the company that makes benadryl and asked if there is a "plain" fastmelt benadryl. I, too, have only seen the combination products. They supposedly will get back to me within 3 days, so when I hear what they have to say, I'll post. I did tell them that we need the plain benadryl since it would be so much easier to tote around than the bottle.

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 12:10pm
LisaG's picture
Joined: 07/19/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for the info! Beth, I'll be interested to hear what you hear from the benadryl people, if you don't mind posting it [img][/img] Sure would be easier to carry around.....
Philip's mom - I must say that I don't offend easily, but the tone of your response bothered me a little. If it wasn't intended that way, please accept my apology. Of course, my first and foremost concern is for my child's safety, or else I wouldn't be posting on this site in the first place. I am a nurse and would never put something in my child's mouth unless I was completly sure he could handle it.

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 12:18pm
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

While on vacation in Florida a few weeks ago, I decided to get my (pa) son some Benadryl. They did not have the liquid form of Benadryl which is what I really wanted since my son is 2 years 4 months (approx. 32 lbs.) to be exact. I found the Benadryl Allergy Chewable tablets instead. This is what the packaging says:
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride Antihistamine) Allergy Chewables
Relieves: Sneezing; Itchy, Watery Eyes; Runny Nose; Itchy Throat
Grape Flavored
Children under 6 years of age -- Consult a doctor.
Children 6 to under 12 years of age -- 1 to 2 tablets (12.5 to 25 mg) every 4 to 6 hours. Not to exceed 12 tablets in 24 hours.
Adults and children 12 years of age and over -- 2 to 4 tablets (25 to 50mg) every 4 to 6 hours. Not to exceed 24 tablets in 24 hours.
DIRECTIONS: Chew tablets thoroughly before swallowing. Follow dosage recommendations below, or use as directed by your doctor.
I did give my son 1 tablet. He was starting to get a lot of little bumps, resembling small pimples, around his chin, ears and back of neck as well as his upper thighs--from what--I have NO idea. But he takes Flintstones vitamins daily and I felt comfortable with him chewing the tablet (it's diameter is about the size of a dime and it's thickness is about 1/4 inch). It got rid of the "pimples" in no time.
I really wasn't worried that these tablets are for children 6 years and older. They do not say anything about weight--just age. They also do not say that they dissolve although they seem to as soon as my son starting to chew it.
The makers are Parke-Davis and their phone number is 1-800-223-0182. The distributors are Warner-Lamber Consumer Healthcare, Morris Plains, NJ 01950
Hope this helps. [img][/img]
Below is a link to their web site.
[This message has been edited by e-mom (edited April 02, 2001).]

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 3:37pm
jrizos's picture
Joined: 05/30/2000 - 09:00

I have used the chewable tablets with my 6 year old. they dissolved fast and i thought it was easier but my child said he hated the taste. I think he hated the feel of the tablet breaking down in his mouth. the tablet was fine for my two year old. he was not so picky about the taste either

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 12:16am
Rae's picture
Joined: 03/28/2000 - 09:00

The chewables I referred to are the same as what e-mom described. They have purple highlights on them. My kids have no problems with these, and they seem to dissolve quickly. I have never seen any that say "quick-dissolve" on the box.
AmyR, Is it the grape flavored Benadryl Allergy Chewables you need? They are everywhere here. Recently at Wal-Mart they lowered the price to $3 a box, and I stocked up. Let me know if you need help getting some.

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 11:39am
AmyR's picture
Joined: 09/26/2000 - 09:00

Rae - thanks for your reply. To be honest, I'm not even sure what I'm looking for. I have read in a few places on this site about a quick dissolve benadryl tablet. My son is only three so I would love to find a tablet that dissolves instead of one where he would need to swallow. I also understand that in a reaction when the throat starts to close, a tablet that dissolves would work but swallowing a tablet would be too difficult. I have always carreid liquid benadryl but now that I bought an epimate, I would love to find a tablet that works for my son.


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