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               Medication Safety during Allergy Season

Diphenhydramine is a common type of antihistamine, often sold under the brand name Benadryl, that can be found in many different forms such as chewable tablets, liquids, capsules, and creams.  While very useful, diphenhydramine can also be harmful in the wrong dose.  Harm can come from taking more than one product at the same time that contains diphenhydramine, dose measuring mistakes, taking doses too close together, or from children who think the medicine is candy.   Teenagers who are dared to take this medicine to change how they feel can also be seriously hurt.

If someone has taken too much of a medicine containing diphenhydramine, call the West Virginia Poison Center immediately at 1-800-222-1222. Do not wait for symptoms to appear.