Liquid benadryl or pill

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DS is 21 mo. old and he does take his singulair in chewable pill form with no problem but I carry liquid bendryl. When do you just carry the chewable pills or is liquid always better?

On Jul 20, 2006

my thoughts...if you talking about carrying benadryl in the event of a severe reaction...I'd use the liquid. Why? Do you think you'll be able to get your 2 year old to chew something if they are uncomfortable, cranky, crying due to a reaction? The liquid you can just pop in their mouth and it's done...

Adrienne

------------------ 30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Jul 20, 2006

I just asked our allergist this last week when we were there for our check-up. He said that the Benadryl fast melts actually work faster than the liquid does. So I plan to pick some of those up to carry instead of the liquid. The fast melts are the tablets that you can stick under your tongue and they disolve quickly. My son is 8 thought so you might want to check on the dosage to see whether or not someone as young as your child can take them.

On Jul 20, 2006

We also use Triaminic Cough Thin Strips. The active ingredient is the same as that in Benadryl. One strip is the equivalent of 1 tsp of Benadryl. Our allergist said that since it dissolves immediately, it should be as effective as a liquid form. In addition, my son hates the taste of Benadryl liquid but likes the taste of ths thin strips.

On Jul 20, 2006

in case of MFA, please remember that the benadryl fast melts have both soy and dairy in them...fyi.

On Jul 21, 2006

I have been using the fast melts for a while. I like the fact that they don't need to be measured and it seems like it would be easier to get them in the mouth than trying to pour a teaspoon or two down his throat. The only thing is that it is somewhat difficult to peel the outer paper off the back. i have started the peel on the ones in his epi case, they are still sealed with the foil.

On Jul 21, 2006

I think the chewable are easier to give too. I had to give my ds liquid once when I did not have the chewable handy. It was like wrestling a bear. Then it spilled anyway. With the pills he likes them because they taste good, so he has no problem taking them.

Jan

On Jul 21, 2006

Liquid Benadryl here. It works. We won't switch.

Jason

------------------ [b]* Obsessed * [/b]

On Jul 21, 2006

We use liquid benadryl and triaminic strips with diphenhydramine.

And personally, for my own anaphylaxis to shellfish, I keep cherry liquid benadryl (not bubble gum--GROSS) in my desk at work and on my person. I have GI reactions, and it works on contact. I have no other way to say it, but it feels good. It hits the spot during a reaction. The Triaminic thing that melts under my tongue is effective (after enough of them--edited to add for an adult dose), but it doesn't calm that GI spot right away like the liquid benadryl does.

I think people have good reason to take other things. And I keep lots of the Triaminic strips in my billfold. But I also keep a little Nalgene vial (won't leak) of benadryl in my purse. Cherry.

DS also can carry the Triaminic strips in his billfold.

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On Jul 21, 2006

We carry the Triaminic strips, they seem to work quickly and ds likes them better than chewables or liquid. I used to carry liquid when he was younger though.

Linda

On Jul 21, 2006

DS is given 1/2tsp of the liquid when he has an attack how does that compare to the fast melt?

On Jul 21, 2006

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Originally posted by jtolpin: [b]Liquid Benadryl here. It works. We won't switch.

Jason

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Us too. NO dyes or allergenic filler materials. (We've had issues with others)

Our allergists (2 of 3) have also told us that the liquid is marginally faster-acting than the fast-melts for upper respiratory and GI symptoms. This makes sense from what little I understand of formulations and dissolution kinetics. I've never asked any of my colleagues about it, though. I also (personally) agree with Mccobbre on that one. Ahhhhhhhhh... but for us, Bubble Gum, never Cherry. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Jul 21, 2006

We keep a bottle of liquid at home and school. We carry around two chewable pills. I'd carry around liquid if they sold it in single dose containers. The whole bottle is just too big and heavy. I've asked my pharmasist if he had any containers that would work, and was told no. I also have had no luck finding them for sale anywhere. Grr!

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On Jul 21, 2006

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Originally posted by Darkmage: [b]We keep a bottle of liquid at home and school. We carry around two chewable pills. I'd carry around liquid if they sold it in single dose containers. The whole bottle is just too big and heavy. I've asked my pharmasist if he had any containers that would work, and was told no. I also have had no luck finding them for sale anywhere. Grr!

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The Container Store sells 1 oz., 1.5 oz., and 2 oz.(and other) Nalgene bottles that will not leak. Never have on me, and I've carried Benadryl in my purse in them for 7 years now.

They're inexpensive. I adore them.

We use other sizes for shampoo, Chi flat iron oil, etc., for travel--never the size we use for benadryl. But they all work great.

On Jul 21, 2006

Ask your pediatrician for a sample size of Benadryl liquid. It comes in .85 oz bottle (approx 1" high).

On Jul 22, 2006

Thanks! I'll check into those.

------------------ [i][b]Allergy Eliminator [/b][/i]

On Jul 23, 2006

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Originally posted by shoshana18: [b]in case of MFA, please remember that the benadryl fast melts have both soy and dairy in them...fyi.[/b]

------------ are the strips labeld? i would have never have thought to read that label for dairy.. and that just proves it, dairy is in everything!!!!

oh we use the liquid benadryll it works fast, but the bottle leaks a little so we keep it in a ziplock baggie, in the same emergency bag as the eppi pen and baby wipes. oh mcCorbbre whats a "Nalgene vail"???

On Jul 23, 2006

Nalgene is the hard plastic material that 'sport' water bottle are made from. It is a very durable plastic and containers made from Nalgene come in various sizes. Nalgene is either the name of the hard plastic and/or the company name that makes the bottles/containers. I've seen them in the sporting goods/camping section of the local store, but found better selection/variety at camping/sport stores.

On Aug 3, 2006

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Originally posted by shoshana18: [b]in case of MFA, please remember that the benadryl fast melts have both soy and dairy in them...fyi.[/b]

I just checked at the pharmacy and read the entire box. There is absolutely no dairy, but there is soy protein isolate.

On Aug 3, 2006

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Originally posted by Carefulmom: [b] I just checked at the pharmacy and read the entire box. There is absolutely no dairy, but there is soy protein isolate.

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Lactitol is a disaccharide polyol that is derived from the natural milk sugar: lactose.

unless pfizer is using a non-dairy form of lactitol (is there one?), then i do believe this is a dairy product. i could be wrong, though.

On Aug 3, 2006

There may be a version with dairy, but there is definitely a non dairy form. Otherwise all those foods artificially sweetened with it would be listing "milk" in parentheses due to FALCPA. It is a sugar alcohol and is commonly used in low calorie foods. It can be made in a lab just like lactic acid or lactate. Hershey`s has quite a few low calorie foods with it, and they have been labeling for the top 8 before FALCPA required it. If it were milk derived, it would be on the label.

On Aug 3, 2006

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Originally posted by Carefulmom: [b]There may be a version with dairy, but there is definitely a non dairy form. Otherwise all those foods artificially sweetened with it would be listing "milk" in parentheses due to FALCPA. It is a sugar alcohol and is commonly used in low calorie foods. It can be made in a lab just like lactic acid or lactate. Hershey`s has quite a few low calorie foods with it, and they have been labeling for the top 8 before FALCPA required it. If it were milk derived, it would be on the label.

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are you certain that this ISN'T dairy derived? it doesn't have to be labeled--it's a medication, not a food product. and...all of the kosher websites i use as reference list the fastmelts as kosher dairy.

On Aug 4, 2006

We carry both. We use the chewable when DD has a rash or hives & the liquid if the reaction seems a little worse.

DD prefers the chewables as I can slip it to her a little more privately (She's 6 & starting to be aware of what her friends think). Plus she likes the taste a lot better than the liquid.

Lea

On Aug 4, 2006

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Originally posted by shoshana18: [b] are you certain that this ISN'T dairy derived? it doesn't have to be labeled--it's a medication, not a food product. and...all of the kosher websites i use as reference list the fastmelts as kosher dairy.[/b]

Yes, of course it does not have to list it as "milk" since it is on a medication, but my point was that the same ingredient is listed on many food items where it would be required to state "milk" and it does not. So clearly there is a non dairy version of lactitol. I emailed the company and will post when I hear back.

On Aug 4, 2006

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Originally posted by Carefulmom: [b] Yes, of course it does not have to list it as "milk" since it is on a medication, but my point was that the same ingredient is listed on many food items where it would be required to state "milk" and it does not. So clearly there is a non dairy version of lactitol. I emailed the company and will post when I hear back.

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carefulmom, i wasn't trying to be confrontational -- i just didn't understand what you were saying about the labeling issue (didn't get that you were talking about the fact that it would be labeled on food products! my fault.) however, i did confirm with pfizer today, spoke with a representative, that the fastmelts DO have dairy -- the lactitol is definitely dairy derived. i wish they didn't; i would certainly be more convenient than the syrupy bottle in my purse!

On Aug 4, 2006

Wow, talk about conflicting information. They responded to my email by emailing me to call them. I did and they said that for the Children`s Fast Melts it is proprietary information only released to physicians. Since I am one they said they would forward it to another department who will get back to me next week. I`ll be out of town next week, so I will post when I hear back. It does seem like since there are non-dairy versions, they would put the non-dairy version in an allergy medicine rather than a dairy version. I wonder if they were giving you information on the other Benadry Fast Melts (the ones that don`t say "childrens"). Apparently that is not propreitary, but the one that says Childrens Fast Melts is.

On Aug 4, 2006

it IS dairy. i did talk to the woman about the children's fastmelts. i called last year about them as well. if you google the information, you'll find that it's dairy. if you call them, you'll get the same answer.

it's not a surprise. dairy is used in a lot of caplets in medicine as a binder, or in chewables (in this case, meltables) as a sweetner.

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