Zyrtec vs benadryl

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2006 - 11:37pm
momto1son's picture
Joined: 02/27/2006 - 09:00

The allergist said that we can use either one. I carry both but benadryl liquid I think it easier for us to give him because of his age he will not take a pill. (16mo). Which do you use and is one better then the other? We were told to use it with any signs of redness, hives...

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2006 - 1:09am
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

That's interesting. I've only ever been told to give Benadryl liquid, by more than one doctor. And that's what they gave in the ER. I'm under the impression that Benadryl is stronger and quicker-acting as a histamine blocker, but I'm not a medical professional in any way whatsoever! And the liquid is supposed to be absorbed faster.

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2006 - 1:30am
momto1son's picture
Joined: 02/27/2006 - 09:00

Ok I will stick with the benadryl. Thanks.

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2006 - 3:07am
jayD's picture
Joined: 09/20/2000 - 09:00

We use zyrtec liquid for daily prevention of our sons allergic symptoms- our allergist has always had keep liquid benendryl in his rescue kit. He says it is quicker and stronger than the zyrtec, the only disadvantage to it is drowsiness, so it is not as good for daily use, but best for emergencies. jen

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2006 - 9:36am
Daisy's picture
Joined: 01/16/2006 - 09:00

Same as noted above...Benadryl is fast-acting but can cause drowsiness (or the opposite in some kids...yikes). Zyrtec is used for daily maintenance. Same family of antihistamines.

Posted on: Sat, 09/02/2006 - 4:53am
eusow's picture
Joined: 09/02/2006 - 09:00

I have had a Peanut Allergy for my whole Life. I am now 28. Sometimes I take Zyrtec for general alergies to pets, however I do not think it has any effect for peanut allergies with me. One time, I had taken Zyrtec and accidently ate some chicken salad with peanut butter. The Zyrtec did nothign for me except make the sensitivity to smell go away. I ended up running to the pharmacy for some Benedryl and was much better. I would not recommend to use Zyrtec.

Posted on: Sun, 09/03/2006 - 12:33pm
Beth V's picture
Joined: 01/15/2000 - 09:00

Dr. Sampson instructed us to give Zyrtec at a lower dosage for daily use and up the dosage for anaphalaxis. He said that he preferred Zyrtec to Benedryl.

Posted on: Sun, 09/03/2006 - 1:35pm
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

At our allergist's office, they give zyrtec for any reactions to the allergy shots - including the time my son had an ana reaction to his shot (he got epi, too). They must think it's better than benadryl because I'm sure benadryl is cheaper for them. However, I've always carried benadryl for reactions and that's always what's been administered at the ER.

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 11:32am
JacksonsMom's picture
Joined: 07/21/2002 - 09:00

My son takes Zyrtek daily for his environmental allergies, and we carry Benadryl with us in his medicine pack.
I do remember though , when he was first tested at the allergists office, and had over 40 skin pricks, they gave him a dose of zyrtek when he was finished. Several of the skin tests were positive, and he was quite itchy and lumpy when he was done - poor guy was only 2 1/2. This was also before he was prescribed the daily dose of Zyrtek.

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 11:51am
krc's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

same as many above. We have Zyrtec for daily use for seasonal allergies and such but have always been instructed to give Benadryl for allergic reaction. I will now plan on asking dr. next visit why that is and which is more effective.

Posted on: Tue, 09/12/2006 - 10:02am
Pammie's picture
Joined: 06/07/2004 - 09:00

My PA son just went through 10 days of hives (possibly peanut-related, we never really knew), gave him benedryl at least twice a day but hives kept returning. Pediatician said we had to give him Zyrtec to break the cycle and it worked right away.


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