Treats allergy symptoms and helps you sleep. Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is great for allergies, but curl up on the couch after taking it and get ready for a nap. Helps you relax. Ativan (Lorazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and sleep. Less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs. Find lowest prices Save on your next prescription. Be sure you’re getting the lowest price for your medication, even if you have insurance. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 5.5767790262172285 Benadryl
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More about Ativan side effects » How it works Benadryl Ativan Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a chemical that causes congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions. It also makes you sleepy. Ativan (Lorazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness. Type of medication Benadryl Ativan Antihistamine
› 1st generation
Prescription or OTC Anti-anxiety
Prescription only Available as Benadryl Ativan Pill Oral solution Cream, gel, or ointment Used for (click to learn more) Benadryl Ativan Risk factors for serious side effects Benadryl Ativan › Using other drugs with the same ingredients › Taking with alcohol › Taking other medicines that make you less alert › Children age 6 years and younger › Enlarged prostate › History of bladder problems Detailed Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) risks & warnings » › Taking more than the prescribed dose › Taking longer than 4 weeks › History of drug abuse › Alcohol › Taking other medicines that make you less alert Detailed Ativan (Lorazepam) risks & warnings »
Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.
Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
Interactions Benadryl Ativan No interactions related info. › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other benzodiazepines, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
Alcohol Benadryl Ativan › Don't take it with alcohol or other drugs that make you sleepy. › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse. › Not safe to use with alcohol.
Sleep Benadryl Ativan › Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) makes you more tired than Claritin, Allegra, or Zyrtec. › Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) makes you tired, so take it before you go to sleep. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. Upsides and benefits Benadryl Ativan › Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is often better than other antihistamines at treating allergy symptoms and hives. › It can provide quick relief of allergy symptoms for both kids and adults. › It makes you sleepy, so it'll help if your allergies are bothering you at night. › The effects wear off in 4 to 6 hours, so side effects don't last that long. › It comes as a tablet, capsule, liquid, and quick dissolving tablet. › Effective at relieving short-term anxiety and sleeplessness. › Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in (it can take several weeks). › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other benzodiazepines, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications. Downsides and risks Benadryl Ativan › Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) makes you more tired than Claritin, Allegra, or Zyrtec. › You shouldn't drive after taking Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) until you know how it affects you. › Talk to a pediatrician before giving Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) to a child. › It can increase the risk of falls, so elderly people shouldn't use Benadryl (Diphenhydramine). › Don't use Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) if you are breastfeeding. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse. › Compared to other benzodiazepines, more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then stop suddenly. › Most people find that it gets less effective over time. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Benadryl Ativan › Take it as needed every 4 to 6 hours. › Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) can make you dehydrated, so avoid this side effect by drinking plenty of fluids. › Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) makes you tired, so take it before you go to sleep. › Don't take it with alcohol or other drugs that make you sleepy. › If you need to use it for more than a few weeks, talk with your doctor. A different medication might work better for you long-term. › If you only have itchy or watery eyes, try using just an antihistamine eye drop. › Good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms. › Starts working in 45 minutes when swallowed. › Starts working in 10 to 20 minutes when dissolved under your tongue. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Addictive. Long-term use can cause dependence or abuse. › Not safe to use with alcohol. Learn more More about Benadryl Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Ativan Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert