Benadryl quick-dissolve tabs


Has 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!

On Apr 2, 2001

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.

On Apr 2, 2001

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. Rachel

On Apr 2, 2001

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.


On Apr 2, 2001

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?

On Apr 2, 2001

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. Beth

On Apr 2, 2001

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.

On Apr 2, 2001

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.


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On Apr 2, 2001

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

On Apr 3, 2001

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. Rachel

On Apr 3, 2001

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.

On Apr 3, 2001

Personally I would not give these to my five year old because of his past reactions. He has experienced anaphylaxis and part of his reaction is excessive saliva pouring from his mouth and his throat closes up. I don't think he would be able to keep it in his mouth long enough to dissolve as it all comes pouring out. The last time he reacted I had to keep a bowl in front of him after he soaked through a towel (and this is not including the vomitting, diarrhea, hives, drop in blood pressure ect).

I know that every reaction can be different so be careful with carrying the tablets and not the liquid.

On Apr 4, 2001

I agree with the above post. I think that if your child is having difficulty swallowing or breathing, getting a tablet down or even under/on his tongue would be tricky. Of course if it's really bad, getting liquid down won't work either so I'm not sure there is an ideal solution. In general I have felt more comfortable carrying the liquid for food allergies and using chewable tablets for other non-life-threatening allergic reactions.

On Apr 4, 2001

If my child was having difficulty swallowing and breathing, I don't think I would try to get anything down her throat - liquid, tablet, or chewable. That would be the time to give the epi-pen. I carry the chewable tablet for non life-threatening reactions (or maybe even the beginning of a life-threatening reaction when med. can still be taken). This is the same reason I would carry the liquid Benadryl. Chewables are much more convenient.

AmyR, I think what you are referring to is the chewables. Like I said, let me know if you need me to get you some. Rachel

On Apr 4, 2001

Unfortunately at the time I did not have the Epi and had to rely on Benadryl. I called our pediatrician immediately and they told me he would be need for us to go to the hospital. Luckily everything stopped within 40 minutes or so. They never informed me that a reaction could happen again after the Benadryl wore off. Yes, I know my son could have died but I believe God was protecting us since we were so innocent about this.

On Apr 4, 2001

That does sound scary. I just love how the Ped. says "he will be fine." They are not with the child! Stay Safe. Rachel

On Apr 4, 2001

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there are two different products being discussed. Lisa G was, I think, talking about the "fast-melt" tabs, which dissolve on contact in the child's mouth. Others have mentioned the "chewable" tabs.

I don't think I would try the chewable tabs with Patricia yet (she's almost 2). But if there were a fast-melt tab for allergy, I would probably use it. She hates the liquid and spits it out.

We've used Triaminic fast-melt tabs for cold and cough instead of the conventional cough syrup. The tabs don't even require chewing. I've seen Benadryl fast-melts for cold/allergy combo, but I haven't seen any for just allergy.

And Lisa G, the correct dosage would be whatever the equivalent mg to the liquid is. So if one pill has the same strength as a teaspoon of Benadryl, then you would use the same number of pills as you used as teaspoons. But please check, since I don't have the meds in front of me right now.


On Apr 4, 2001

Thanks, Amy - yes, that what I was talking about. But since someone mentioned it, I've only seen benadryl come that way if it was a cold-formulation (had other stuff in it). I don't trust Austin with a chewable yet either (though I think he'd do fine - he eats everything in sight - lol), but the quickmelt stuff sounds interesting......

On Apr 5, 2001

LisaG and everyone else interested in the plain banadryl fastmelts,..we can stop looking. Here's what they told me..

"Thanks for your e-mail. I appreciate your feedback regarding Benadryl Fastmelts. Unfortunately, we only make the combination products in the fastmelt form currently. I have forwarded your comments to the appropriate department for their information. Your thoughts and comments are important to us. For further assistance please feel free to contact Cnsumer Affairs at 1-800-223-0182 weekdays between 9 and 5." Signed by Tricia, Consumer Consultant

Hopefully this will clarify things. Beth

On Apr 5, 2001

Bummer!! But thanks for the info, Beth [img][/img]

On Apr 5, 2001

Let's all call Parke-Davis and tell them we'd buy the quick-dissolve straight benadryl if they'll make it - I bet they'll do it if they think the market is there!

On Nov 22, 2003

Great news! I recently bought Children's Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt tablets. They are new, and only contain antihistamine...not a combo. I have been waiting for this product. It will be much easier to deal with than the liquid, easier to carry, etc.

On Nov 23, 2003

We've been buying them, too. The girls like them better than chewables. Maybe our e-mails persuaded them to put them on the shelves! Rachel

On Nov 24, 2003

And wouldn't it be great if they were DYE FREE too? Sort of like the bubblegum flavored dye free liquid. My kids have both taken chewables since they could pick up and eat a cheerio (8 months or so) never could get liquid in them, or in ds case he'd get it down and it would come back up. We always had to rely on acetamenaphin suppositories.

On Nov 24, 2003

So the quick dissolve tablets are as good as the liquid benadryl? We can carry them with epi instead of liquid?

On Nov 24, 2003

All Americans???? Could you please check your container for the youngest age it is recommended for? And also what dosage?

On Nov 24, 2003

AnnaMarie, the package says under 6 consult a doctor...ages 6-12 1-2 tabs (19-38 mg) adults and children 12 and up 2-4 tabs (38-76 mg) Jodi, the active ingredient in the fastmelts is dipenhydramine citrate 19 mg, and it says this is equivalent to 12.5 mg of dipenhydramine HCL, which is what traditional benadryl is. My understanding is that these fastmelts CAN be substituted for the liquid, and are much more convenient. The only draw-back I can see, is it looks like my daughter(age 16) would have to take 4 of them to be an effective dose. But I guess they dissolve so easily,it would be ok.

On Nov 24, 2003

The mg/dose and the dosage is the same as on the liquid benadryl and chewables.

Here's wants on the box: Children's Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt

Active ingredient (in each tablet) Diphenhydramine citrate 19 mg **This is the same dose as 5ml or 1 tsp. of liquid benadryl.

Dosage adults and children 12 yrs. of age and over-2 to 4 tablets

children 6 to under 12 yrs of age - 1 to 2 tablets

chilren under 6 yrs. of age - ask a doctor

AnnaMarie, Are these not available in Canada?

Jodi, we carry them with the epi's. I carried the chewables before these. I don't carry liquid. Rachel