Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Dosage

September 10, 2016

 

Diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl, is a type of medicine that provides temporary relief of allergy symptoms, including those associated with insect bites and stings.  Benadryl comes in a liquid form, chewable form, quick dissolve strips, or as a tablet or capsule.  Brand name Benadryl will say "Benadryl Allergy" on the lable.  Dosage guidelines for diphenhydramines are found in the table below.  When comparing the different forms of Benadryl, please remember it is the total milligrams per dose that is the important value.

 

            Benadryl Liquid:   12.5 mg = 5 mL  /  5 mL = 1 teaspoon 

 

 

            Weight: 22-32 pounds   =  3/4 teaspoon

            Weight: 33-43 pounds   =  1 teaspoon

            Weight: 44-54 pounds   =  1 & 1/2 teaspoon

            Weight: 55-109 pounds =  2 teaspoons

            Weight 110+ pounds      =  2 teaspoons

 

 

 

 

 

        Benadryl Chewables:   12.5 mg

 

        Weight:  33-43 pounds    =  1 chewable

        Weight:  44-54 pounds    =  1 & 1/2 chewable

        Weight:  55-105 pounds  =  2 chewables

        Weight: 110 + pounds      =  4 chewables


 

 

 

 

 

 

             Benadryl Capsules:   25 mg

 

              Weight:  55-109 pounds  =  1 capsule

              Weight:  110+ pounds      =  2 capsules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

                 Benadryl Quick Dissolve Strips:    25 mg

 

                  Weight:  55-109 pounds  =  1 strip

                  Weight:  110 + pounds     =  2 strips

 

 

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