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 an effective medicine for occasional or short-term anxiety. It's less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs. 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+ 5.63 Benadryl
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Side effects Benadryl Ativan
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More 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 areas of the brain that help calm you down. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness. Type of medication Benadryl Ativan Prescription or OTC Prescription only Available as Benadryl Ativan Pill Oral solution Cream, gel, or ointment Used for Benadryl Ativan Risk factors for serious side effects Benadryl Ativan › Using other drugs with the same ingredients › Age 65 years or older › Taking with alcohol › Taking other medicines that make you less alert › Children age 6 years and younger Detailed Benadryl (diphenhydramine) risks & warnings » › Taking with opioids › Taking more than the prescribed dose › Taking Ativan (lorazepam) for longer than 4 weeks › History of drug abuse › Long-term use 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.
Interactions Benadryl Ativan No interactions related info. › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, 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. › Not safe to use with alcohol. › 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.
Sleep Benadryl Ativan › Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) makes you tired, so take it before you go to sleep. › Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) makes you more tired than Claritin, Allegra, or Zyrtec. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. 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. › Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in. › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, 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 similar medicines, Ativan (lorazepam) is more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then suddenly stop. › Most people find that Ativan (lorazepam) 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. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Take only as much as your doctor prescribes. Taking more than directed or taking this for a long time can cause you to become dependent on it. › Not safe to use with alcohol. › Use caution or avoid use in older adults. Learn more More about Benadryl Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Ativan Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert