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Differences Between Benadryl and Benadryl Allergy

Benadryl vs Benadryl Allergy

One of the more common medications that we get to read about, hear about, and probably purchase for immediate remedies for allergies for home use is Benadryl. Then again, like many housewives, employees, students, parents, we also get to hear about another type of ‘Benadryl’ and most likely, would wonder how is this similar to the medication called Benadryl Allergy? Is there any difference? Are they just the same and when you purchase this over the counter, it will be up to the pharmacist to give you either Benadryl or Benadryl Allergy?

This is what this article aims to tackle. Hopefully, it will be able to properly differentiate these common enough and over-the-counter drugs called Benadryl and Benadryl Allergy.

Let’s start off with Benadryl.

Benadryl is one of the most common medications to treat allergies. In fact, it is the first medication that is bought when one is suffering from allergies. Allergies do not have any one-time cure. There are several types of medication that are available and Benadryl is one of them. Benadryl is a brand name. It is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Benadryl is a common brand name for ‘antihistamine,’ which is an allergy medicine. Allergy drugs also include decongestants, since the most common symptoms for allergies include runny nose and congestion. These drugs can be purchased over the counter. Some go to a doctor to have it prescribed to treat any allergies in the body, to treat any allergic reaction, and even treat any skin allergies. If you are looking for an over-the-counter medication that would offer immediate relief, Benadryl is the first choice.

It is important that on this part of the article, we would talk about this medication, Benadryl, and be able to properly differentiate it when it is marketed by specific countries, especially those noted below, because what the product contains as they are marketed in different countries, greatly differ.

In the US, Benadryl products contain the first generation antihistamine diphenhydramine.
In the UK, Benadryl products contain the second generation antihistamine acrivastine, and they are called Benadryl Allergy Relief.
In Australia and New Zealand, Benadryl is marketed by Johnson & Johnson as a cough medicine, and it doesn’t contain antihistamine as the active ingredient.

With that noted, please ensure that the Benadryl that you purchase from the US is the one that would help in treating your allergies.

What is Benadryl Allergy?

It is basically another version of Benadryl. They basically have the same effect and generic component.

With that comparison noted, we will share what studies and conducted surveys have reported and shown for readers to be able to make their own decision in choosing whether to purchase Benadryl or Benadryl Allergy, when in the US.


Out of ten users, eight chose to purchase Benadryl Allergy because they reported that it helped with their allergies better. Among the top three concerns regarding side effects when taking either Benadryl or Benadryl Allergy, these include:
Sinus Infections

Benadryl customers reported more withdrawal side effects, while Benadryl Allergy users reported more for sinus infections.
Benadryl users reported more for depression.

There are certainly many more articles that would help you in getting more customer reaction and feedback to both medications. Then again, while this would be helpful, it is always best to remember that getting a physician to prescribe not just the right medication but the correct dosage would be best. After all, while these comments from current and previous users of Benadryl and Benadryl Allergy would be helpful, it is still up to your individual body to tell you and let you know how the medication would affect you.

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