Benadryl Side Effects: Generic name diphenhydramine. Benadryl is available as a sole ingredient (diphenhydramine) as Benadryl allergy, and combined with multiple other drugs for varying indications. It is an antihistamine, primarily blocking the H1 histamine receptor, and is used for treatment of allergic reactions. It is available in 25 mg oral tablets and capsules as well as a 25 mg dissolving strip. The primary Benadryl side effects are related to Benadryl being a non-specific antihistamine that has significant anticholinergic side effects that cause drowsiness in many if not most people. This side effect is used to advantage by many people, and diphenhydramine is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter sleep aides including Tylenol PM and others. The most common Benadryl side effects are sedation and dry mouth.…
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