What Is Benadryl?
Benadryl, also known as diphenhydramine, is a type of antihistamine that is used to treat a cough, cold, itching, watery eyes, hives and other allergy symptoms. It is also used for managing anxiety and insomnia, which is common among pregnant women.
The drug is available in two major forms, tablets and syrup . Other brand names of diphenhydramine include Sominex, Nytol, and Unisom.
Can You Take Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) While Pregnant?
Yes, it is safe to take Benadryl during pregnancy, but only after consulting your doctor.
The US Food and Drug Administration lists Benadryl as a category B drug for pregnancy risks, which means that there are no known harmful side effects of it. However, there is no proof that it is entirely safe during pregnancy, and should only be taken if prescribed by a doctor.
How Much Benadryl Is Safe To Take During Pregnancy?
The recommended oral dosage is 25mg to 50mg (one to two Benadryl tablets) once in every four to six hours as suggested by the doctor.
Benadryl can sometimes lead to drowsiness or dizziness, so it is better to avoid activities such as driving, working with tools or machinery when you are on the medication. In any case, take the dosage prescribed by the doctor to stay safe.
What Could Be The Side Effects Of Benadryl During Pregnancy?
1.Benadryl is not linked to any birth defects. But when taken in excess, it could put the mother at risk.
2.Nervous system effects: Benadryl has sedating qualities and causes drowsiness, which can lead to depression in the long term. It also causes light-headedness, blurred vision, spatial and mental disorientation, loss of appetite, hallucinations, nervousness, and insomnia.
3.Hypersensitivity: Studies by the John Hopkins University showed that diphenhydramine could cause hypersensitivity that could lead to rashes, eczema, and pruritis.
4.Cardiovascular and gastrointestinal problems: Headaches, hypotension, palpitations and tachycardia, and mild gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting and dry mouth are also noticed.
5.Fetal morbidity: Benadryl, in combination with another drug Restoril (or temazepam used for treating anxiety), is likely to increase the risks of fetal morbidity .
6.Birth defects: Studies show that taking diphenhydramine in the first trimester can increase the chances of the baby having a cleft lip or palate.
When To Avoid Benadryl During Pregnancy?
Stay off Benadryl if you have any of the following:
Colostomy or ileostomy
Breathing issues such as asthma
Gastro and intestinal conditions
Liver and kidney problems
Keep reading to know the answers to frequent queries about Benadryl during pregnancy.