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Who Should Not Take Benadryl?

According to the manufacturer of Benadryl, you should not take Benadryl if you are:
  • Allergic to Benadryl, diphenhydramine hydrochloride, or any inactive components used to make the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
  • Breastfeeding (see Benadryl and Breastfeeding), although some sources consider Benadryl to be compatible with breastfeeding.
Additionally, Benadryl should never be used in newborns or premature infants.

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which Benadryl should not be taken, as well as several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before starting the medication. However, it is possible that not all of Benadryl's warnings or precautions were discussed in this article. Therefore, talk with your healthcare provider about the specific ones that may apply to you.
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