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Banophen Cream (Generic Diphenhydramine Topical)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Antihistamine diphenhydramine is used to treat mild skin irritations, bug bites, sunburns, bee stings, poison ivy, and poison oak.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.

How should this medicine be used?

Topical diphenhydramine is available as a cream, lotion, gel, and spray for topical application to the skin. Three or four times each day are used. Pay close attention to the instructions on the packaging or the label of your prescription, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any instructions you do not understand. Implement diphenhydramine exactly as advised. Never use more or less of it or more frequently than recommended by your doctor.

Clean the affected area thoroughly, let it dry, and then apply the medication, gently massaging it in until the majority of it is gone. Apply the medication only where it is needed to treat the region. After applying the drug, wash your hands.

Diphenhydramine should not be used to treat chicken pox or measles, and it should not be administered to children under the age of two unless specifically instructed to do so by a doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using diphenhydramine,

  • If you have an allergy to diphenhydramine or any other medication, tell your doctor and pharmacist right away.
  • In addition to vitamins, be sure to let your doctor and pharmacist know what prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking diphenhydramine.
  • Make a plan to limit your time spent in the sun and to use sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothes. Your skin may become more sun-sensitive if you take diphenhydramine.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

As soon as you realise you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. Applying a second dose to make up for a missed one is not advised.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from diphenhydramine could exist. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Skin rash
  • Sunburn
  • Increased sensitivity to sunlight and solar-powered bulbs

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). The spray can ignite. Keep it away from fire and very hot surfaces.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments. Diphenhydramine should only be used externally. Do not consume diphenhydramine and avoid getting it in your mouth, nose, or eyes. If your doctor has not instructed you to, avoid using dressings, bandages, cosmetics, lotions, or other skin treatments on the region being treated.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

If your skin problem worsens or does not improve, let your doctor know.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

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