Disturbing discovery about Benadryl

Posted on: Sun, 09/05/2004 - 2:38am
BostonMary's picture
Joined: 06/02/2002 - 09:00

I just purchased benadryl's new allergy fast melt...children's tablets that melt on the tongue. I just appened to check the ingredients and it has soy protein in it...one of the things that my daughter happens to be severly allergic to! I can't believe a drug company would do this w/ an antihistamine. I have a call into the company. Please spread the word to parents of kids allergic to soy!

Posted on: Sun, 09/05/2004 - 7:47am
BaileyB's picture
Joined: 07/13/2004 - 09:00

The fast melts also contain dairy, I believe, so they are out for us as well. We'll be carrying the liquid Benadryl forever it seems.

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 1:15pm
margaret's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

Yes, I called the company this weekend and the rep stated that it does contain a dairy ingredient. In addition, they get the stuff from a third party and cannot guarantee that it is manufactured in a peanut free environment. Un!@#$%^believable!!!!!

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 1:18pm
smartalyk's picture
Joined: 07/20/2004 - 09:00

Is that all Benadryl products that cannot be guaranteed peanut/ nut free? Holy!!!
I know some Benadryl products also contain corn products for those allergic to corn.
I guess that is why we read every label!!

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 10:58pm
margaret's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

I did not ask about the liquid Benadryl - just assumed it was safe because the doc prescribes it.

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/2004 - 4:09am
MQriley2's picture
Joined: 05/25/2004 - 09:00

I threw away my box to my liquid benadryl. Do you know if the liquid has soy protein in it?
Thanks for letting us know, my DS is also allergic to soy.

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/2004 - 4:33am
BostonMary's picture
Joined: 06/02/2002 - 09:00

No, I think only the new fastmelts contain soy. I just called Pfizer and told the rep that I just don't understand why they would include a major allergen in an allergy product!! She is passing my comments along. I have also notified FAN and will be notifying the head of allergy of our local children's hospital. I will double check on the liquid but I am pretty certain they don't include.

Posted on: Fri, 09/10/2004 - 11:51am
BostonMary's picture
Joined: 06/02/2002 - 09:00

Just FYI- I have contacted a number of national agencies, including a drug safety watchdog. I am committed to keeping this issue known until Pfizer does something about this.

Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2004 - 2:49am
Anne Parrish's picture
Joined: 01/06/2000 - 09:00

Thank you *so* much for sharing your discovery! I had just bought some of these this summer & had sent my PA (& soy allergic!) child to sleepaway camp w/ these in her fanny pack. Thank heavens she didn't need to use them!
I am so surprised that the company in question used soy in a product like this... just shows how we can never assume that other folks really 'get' it. Thanks again.

Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2004 - 8:27am
bookworm's picture
Joined: 07/23/2004 - 09:00

What the h*ll?! Pfizer is setting a new standard of stupidity.

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 12:28pm
BostonMary's picture
Joined: 06/02/2002 - 09:00

Anne Parish,
I am curious how you were able to send your daughter away to sleep away camp w/ an allergy to peanut and soy..please tell! I find soy to be harder than peanut because it can be in so many things. My daughter is going away on a 3 night class trip and I am already feeling stressed about the whole food thing! Any advice you can pass along would be appreciated. Mary


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