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Typical dose of Benadryl for adults to counteract itching?

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What is a typical dose of Benadryl for adults to counteract itching?
Posted Wed, 3 Jul 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
 
 
Answered by Dr. Kerry Pottinger 29 minutes later
Hi,
Thank you for your question.
The usual dosage of Benadryl for adults is 50mg 4 to 6 hourly. The maximum allowable dose in 24 hours is 300mg. One of the side effects is drowsiness therefore, you need to be careful regarding driving. This assumes an average body weigh.
I hope this information has helped. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Dr K A Pottinger
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Follow-up: Typical dose of Benadryl for adults to counteract itching? 4 hours later
Are there other anti-itch medicines I could take that do not make me so sleepy?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Kerry Pottinger 2 hours later
Hi,

Chorpheniramine (chlorphenamine) is an over the counter drug which has less sedative effects than other anti-itch medicines.
Adult dose is 4mg 4-6hourly or slow-release 8-16mg 8-12 hourly; maximum dose in 24 hours is 32mg. However, you should read the instructions with the tablets before taking them.

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Dr K A Pottinger
MBChB FRCA
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