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What is Benadryl?

Benadryl is an antihistamine medication taken to prevent or stop allergy symptoms. It is available over--the-counter or by prescription. Benadryl blocks histamine from producing itching, sneezing, runny nose, itchy watery eyes rashes. Benadryl is typically used to treat allergies and cold symptoms, but can also be used for other medical conditions such as Parkinson's disease or sleeping problems. Since it causes drowsiness, it can be used as a sedative or sleep aid. It is also known as diphenhydramine hydrochloride and is classified as an antihistamine.

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