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Old 07-12-2008, 04:49 AM   #1
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can benedryl be taken when also taking reactine i have been experiencing a very dryin

can benedryl be taken when also taking reactine

 
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Old 07-12-2008, 05:46 AM   #2
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Re: can benedryl be taken when also taking reactine i have been experiencing a very d

Both are antihistamines, and both can be drying, so taking them together could definitely dry you out a bit.

There's probably no real danger in taking them together but you're taking two medications designed to do the same thing.

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Re: can benedryl be taken when also taking reactine i have been experiencing a very d

I take a zyrtec most mornings and a benedryl at bedtime every night (for sleep - it's the PM in Tylenol PM). I never experience any excessive drying or other side effects.

 
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Re: can benedryl be taken when also taking reactine i have been experiencing a very d

My body cannot tolerate even the smalles amount of benadryl. It really dries me out, gives me headaches, and leaves me feeling hung over in the AM. It's a med I try to avoid.

I have the same (or even worse problem) with Claritin. Miserable headaches.

Everyone reacts differently.

If what you're doing is doing the trick, then I'd say stick with it.

 
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Thank you for the replies, I think I will try not using benedryl and take another reactine instead. The reason I take the antihistamine is because I get a red rash whenever I'm outside in the sun even when I use sunscreen. The doctor prescribed reactine and told me if I still experienced the itchy rash I could take a benedryl at night. I guess I might be allergic to something in benedryl! You are probably wondering why I don't go back to the doctor? We have a doctor shortage where I live in Canada and unless it is an emergency it might be two weeks to see my doctor, and I don't want to bother the doctor with a skin itch, they are extremely busy and overworked. If anyone has this same condition with itchy red rash from the sun and has something that works, I would be glad to hear any suggestion. Thanks again!

 
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