Benadryl® (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) is an antihistamine product commonly used as a treatment for allergies or a sleep aid. It is available both over the counter and with a prescription.
For people over the age of 60 who are taking Benadryl, complications could occur. Elderly individuals may be more susceptible to the side effects of Benadryl and may also be more likely to be taking medications that interact with Benadryl. The medication can also worsen many conditions common in the elderly (such as an enlarged prostate or Alzheimer's disease). You should consult your healthcare provider before taking Benadryl if you are over 60 years old.
It is also important to be aware of the potential side effects of Benadryl before starting treatment. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported include:
- Sedation (a feeling of sleepiness and reduced anxiety)
- Coordination problems
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Thickening of bronchial secretions (chest mucus).
(Click Benadryl Side Effects and Benadryl Warnings and Precautions for more information about potential Benadryl complications and to find out which side effects of the medication are potentially serious and require immediate medical attention.)