Liguid Benadryl vs Tablets

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 6:26am
seansdad's picture
Joined: 02/02/2001 - 09:00

pDoes anyone have any information regarding the relative performance of liquid Benadryl vs tablets. It would appear that the various products available to carry the Epi-Pens cannot handle two Epis plus liquid Benadryl but could store tablets. Thanks/p

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 6:34am
Frances's picture
Joined: 11/28/2000 - 09:00

I too have inquired about this. I haven't seen any research on this issue but I have talked to several pharmacists who have told me that liquid benadryl and a tablet chewed have almost the identical response time. Once the medication becomes liquified (whether by chewing or the liquid itself) they both act the same. I would want to make sure that my child chews it well. We carry our epi-pen in a round toothbrush holder. We have his emergency plan, reduced in size from a copy machine, the epipen in the original plastic container, and four claritan tablets. My allergist says that the claritan chewed will do the same thing as the benadryl. We have gone this route because we are active and the "travelability" of the epi is important. When we go somewhere farther from a main town--we usually take an extra epi-pen and also benadryl. I have heard there is a claritan product called "reditab" which is taken sublingually (it dissolves under the tongue) and this medication gets into your system even faster than the liquid benadryl. I don't know if they make a benadryl like this. I plan to discuss this with our allergist at our next appointment. My son is 11 and often has to carry his epi-pen himself. It is important that we keep the size down or I think he would be much more reluctant to carry it with him.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 7:31am
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

The tablets would definitely be more convenient to carry around but my fear is that my son might have trouble with the tablets during a reaction. He feels tightening in his throat so I feel like the liquid has a better chance of getting down. Of course with throat tightening, I also use the epi.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 10:21am
AmyR's picture
Joined: 09/26/2000 - 09:00

Good point Patty. I was actually at the allergist with my son today and I asked this very question. My doctor told me the chewable benadryl tablets are as effective as liquid benadryl. I was a bit surprised to hear this. For portability reasons I think this is great. I just wonder why the makers of the various epi pen holders don't advertise this. I've been reluctant to buy holders because they obviously don't hold a bottle of benadryl. I also worry that some of the chewable tablet will end up stuck to the teeth and will therefore not be as effective.
I also asked the allergist about epi vs. benadryl. He said if there is only a few hives then give benadryl. If the hives rapidly spread or the lips or tongue swell, then give epi. Also if I know he ingested peanut, then definitely epi.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 10:31am's picture
Joined: 06/23/2000 - 09:00

I am an adult and I find the children's tablets for Benadryl very effective for me. I take two. They seem to melt immediately on my tongue so I don't doubt they work as fast as the liquid would. The tablets are more convenient for me and they taste good.

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2001 - 3:52am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Chris from contacted zoni re the carrying of Benadryl. He got the following response, from zoni, which he asked me if I could post on his behalf:-
An add on Benadryl pouch is still available and can be added onto all our
belts except for size small or a holster. The Benadryl pouch holds two
chewable tablets only.
We also make pouches that can be added onto the belt that carry a
puffer/inhaler. It won't fit on a small size or holster. Also, some
people have to carry all three, EpiPen, benadryl and puffer. This combo
will only fit on a large size or bigger. If someone wants a medium, it's
either a puffer pouch or benadryl pouch but not both.
Thanks Chris.
Take care.
And many thanks again to Cayley's Mom who enabled me to simply transfer this from my e-mail to this board with a couple of very simple instructions.
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2001 - 10:37am
mindy's picture
Joined: 02/29/2000 - 09:00

There are molded slots on the interior of the EpiMate to hold two Benadryl tablets. It is just one of the many conveniences included with each EpiMate. [url=""][/url] Call the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network or go to [url=""][/url] for more informaton regarding the EpiMate.
[This message has been edited by mindy (edited February 09, 2001).]

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2001 - 11:10am
maddiesmom's picture
Joined: 12/20/1999 - 09:00

I am so confused. When I asked my pediatrition and our pediatric allergist about the liquid Benadryl vs tablets they both told me the same thing. The tablets take longer to take effect. That if I give her the liquid it automatically goes to work vs the tablets where they have to be chewed in her mouth, swallowed and then they will completley dissolve. Hmmmm....what to believe??? I have purposely steared clear of the tablets, even though they would be SO MUCH MORE convenient, because of what they told me. Anyone have any other thoughts or advice????
Shandra (mom to Madeline- 21/2 yr old PA)

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2001 - 11:53am
seansdad's picture
Joined: 02/02/2001 - 09:00

Thanks for the great responses on this point. I am going to review with our allergist and I will report back.

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2001 - 11:23pm
Head Cook's picture
Joined: 11/19/2000 - 09:00

Here's yet another opinion. The sky's the limit. I have had several dr.'s and pharmacists say that liquid Benadryl works faster. I have also had one pharmacist say tablets are fine but if we used tablets to drink a coke at the same time. The coke doesn't fit in the fanny pack. What to believe? I was carrying tablets on my son's last field trip, on the school bus, an hour from the hospital, and somebody smuggled out their p.b. sandwich and it set off my son. The waterworks came on and when I opened the tablets they were dust that I had to pour in his mouth. I thought I was carrying them protected, but they got too knocked around, and then you can't see in the white package that they are smashed. So....

Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 12:26am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

When I originally saw this question, I didn't post, but I thought there had been another thread a couple of months ago, not the exact same question, but Benadryl was the topic of discussion. And it seemed that throughout the thread it said that it was recommended that the liquid be taken because it was faster.
Best wishes! [img][/img]


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