Diphenhydramine (On the skin)
Treats pain and itching associated with insect bites, minor cuts, burns, or rashes caused by poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac.
Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel, Dermamycin, Rite Aid Anti-Itch, Valu-Dryl Anti-ItchThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to diphenhydramine, or if you are also taking diphenhydramine by mouth.
How to Use This Medicine:
Cream, Gel/Jelly, Lotion, Ointment, Spray
- Use this medicine as directed. Do not apply it more than 4 times each day.
- Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
- Use this medicine only on your skin. Rinse it off right away if it gets on a cut or scrape. Do not get the medicine in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not swallow this medicine.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you use this medicine.
- Apply a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
- Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless directed by your doctor.
- Missed dose: Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Do not use this medicine for chickenpox or measles unless your doctor tells you to.
- Do not use this medicine to treat a skin problem your doctor has not examined.
- Do not put cosmetics or skin care products on the treated skin.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Worsened skin rash, itching, redness, or swelling
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Itching or pain that lasts longer than 7 days, or returns after it clears up
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 8/4/2017
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