Diphenhydramine LotionGeneric Name:
Diphenhydramine (DYE-fen-HYE-dra-meen)Brand Name:
Diphenhydramine Lotion is used for:
Temporarily relieving pain and itching associated with insect bites, minor burns, sunburn, minor skin irritations, minor cuts, scrapes, and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.
Diphenhydramine Lotion is an antihistamine. It works by blocking the action of histamine, which reduces the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Do NOT use Diphenhydramine Lotion if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Diphenhydramine Lotion
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Diphenhydramine Lotion:
Some medical conditions may interact with Diphenhydramine Lotion. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have the blood disease porphyria
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Diphenhydramine Lotion. Because little, if any, of Diphenhydramine Lotion is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Diphenhydramine Lotion may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Diphenhydramine Lotion:
Use Diphenhydramine Lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash and completely dry the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Apply to the affected area not more than 3 to 4 times a day.
- Wash your hands immediately after using Diphenhydramine Lotion.
- If you miss a dose of Diphenhydramine Lotion and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Diphenhydramine Lotion.
Important safety information:
- Diphenhydramine Lotion may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Diphenhydramine Lotion is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in your eyes, rinse at once with cool water.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days or if they get worse, stop using Diphenhydramine Lotion and check with your doctor.
- Do not use Diphenhydramine Lotion on chicken pox, measles, or blisters over large areas of your skin unless advised to do so by your doctor.
- Diphenhydramine Lotion contains diphenhydramine. Before you start any new medicine, including one used on the skin, check the label to see if it has diphenhydramine in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Diphenhydramine Lotion should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Diphenhydramine Lotion while you are pregnant. Diphenhydramine Lotion is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Diphenhydramine Lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Diphenhydramine Lotion:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Skin irritation.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Diphenhydramine Lotion:
Store Diphenhydramine Lotion at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Diphenhydramine Lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Diphenhydramine Lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Diphenhydramine Lotion is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Diphenhydramine Lotion. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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