Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Children's Chewable Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)?
0

9 posts in this topic

Does anyone know of a gluten-free brand of Children's diphenhydramine (antihistimine)? I'm looking for something either chewable or in pre-filled spoons that are individually wrapped. I know that there are no gluten ingredients in any Benadryl-brand products, but their single-dose liquid spoons seem to have been discontinued. I've found other brands of fastmelts and pre-filled spoons, but the manufacturers can't tell me whether the fillers contain gluten. I've already spent hours on the phone with customer service reps from several different manufacturers, and they either say it's impossible to tell or they promise to check and call me back but never do. The pharmacists I've asked seem to know less about it than I do.

My daughter is 4, and she has an epi-pen (which, thankfully, we've never needed to use) for a latex allergy. We need an antihistimine to keep in the emergency pouch, and the bottles of children's liquid spill and leak even if I put them in Ziploc bags. She's too young to understand how to swallow a pill. She routinely takes Children's Claritin chewables, but that has a different active ingredient and my understanding is that diphenhydramine works best/fastest in an emergency. A chewable product designed for ages 6+ would be fine; she's big for her age, and the allergist said that dose would be safe.

Does anyone have a child with celiac who has used some brand with no problems?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Benadryl childrens chewables are gluten free.  I use them and am very sensitive and have never had a problem with them.  Benadryl is the best antihistamine for an aniphylactic reaction....it's what most hospitals use.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gemini, where do you get them? Are you in the United States? According to Benadryl's website, they've been discontinued. I've been to a dozen different stores hoping to find some leftover packages, but no luck. I'm not sure how long ago they were discontinued, but all I can find are various store-brand generic versions with modified food starch as an ingredient (and the manufacturers can't tell me if the starch is from wheat).

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 Benadryl is the best antihistamine for an aniphylactic reaction....it's what most hospitals use.

Just a safety point here that Benadryl will not stop an anaphylactic reaction. Epi is the go to for an ana reaction. Please always follow your allergists Allergy Action plan!!!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Benadryl will not stop an anaphylactic reaction?   :o   I always was under the impression that it would.  Ya learn something new everyday!  I don't suffer from that so I guess I didn't have that right.  Thanks for that information!

 

I just checked the Benadryl site and learned another piece of information I wasn't aware of.  They have been discontinued.  I took to using the liquid because I always use it at home.  I like that you have more control over dosage.  I used the fast melts but have not bought them in a couple of months.  I was buying them on-line but haven't checked recently.  I think Stephanie is right, though.....stick with the Epi-pen if you cannot get verification on gluten-free status.  My feeling is that they probably are gluten-free because most modified starch is derived from corn in the US but not knowing 100% is nerve wracking when they are for your child.  Sorry I wasn't of much help.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




Thanks for the try, anyway. We'd definitely use the Epi for any anaphylactic reaction; the Benadryl is just to keep in the emergency pack in case the Epi starts to wear off before we can get to a hospital. Maybe her allergist will know which of the store-brand fastmelts are gluten free.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Green, I know :)  We are going through the same thing. I purchased two at Target but I have to call to verify (I got the liquid for school, I pre-draw and label the syringes and send them in with the original package). I also picked up the chews. Once I call them (I hope to do this this week some time) I will try and remember to get back to you. Maybe shoot me a PM in a week if I don't remember!

 

 

Gemini, No!  Benadryl will not STOP an ana reaction. This is a popular myth with allergies.  Many reactions will self limit BUT you never know which ones will and which won't so you ALWAYS give Epi according to your Dr's plan. Benadryl is often used for one body system involvement. If  two or more are involved, that is considered an ana reaction and that is when most Dr's say to epi and call 911 :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was told today when I called that the grape chewables and the dye-free bubblegum diphenhydramine are both gluten free. Now the other stuff we are avoiding I am not as confident in the answer I got....  

 

Hope that helps a little.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was told today when I called that the grape chewables and the dye-free bubblegum diphenhydramine are both gluten free. Now the other stuff we are avoiding I am not as confident in the answer I got....  

 

Hope that helps a little.

 

Thanks! There's a Target about 30 minutes from where I live, and it will definitely be worth the trip to get some!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,118
    • Total Posts
      919,458
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Good luck with all the testing.  You are doing the right thing by telling your son to gluten up!  Buy him one of those gluteny cakes at a bakery...if that doesn't spike his numbers, nothing will. 
    • Thank you for this response! You are right, I'm sure. My sed rate was normal. My c reactive protein was 6, which is high. My platelets were a bit elevated and I was slightly anemic. I am going tomorrow for another endoscopy. I know that these things could be related to other things... but I'm thinking there is a change they are all still related to celiac (I'm hoping). What other autoimmune disease do you have, if you don't mind me asking?
    • HIV doesn't turn off the immune system, it destroys it to the point where most people die from complications that arise from having no immune system.  Some end up with pneumonia or cancer, which takes their life. It is pretty amazing the treatments they have developed for it, to slow it down and give people longer, quality time. I am perfectly content with the gluten free diet as my treatment and honestly, if they developed a pill that they claimed would make it possible for people to eat gluten again, I doubt I would. I could not bring myself to eat a food that I am genetically programmed to not be able to digest and that totally pisses off my immune system.  However, if they succeed with some of the meds they are working on now, one of which I posted about earlier this summer, I would take those.  They are working on things that modulate the immune system down so inflammation can be tamed down further.  Even with a strict gluten-free diet, there will always be more inflammation for us than for those who don't have AI diseases.  I do everything possible to tame it down myself but it isn't in the normal range.....yet. Long term inflammation can kill you so something along those lines would be welcome.  You would still have to eat gluten-free but the disease activity would be calmed down.  This is a drug that targets those with lupus and maybe Sjogren's....which I have.  There are possibilities for other AI diseases from that!
    • Hi Anns and welcome   Do you think that I am on the right course to see if I possibly have Celiac?   Yes, it was smart of you to consider the possibility and its good that you've had the tests. Both the aneamia and bloating are symptoms, although of course they may be unrelated. Best way to find out is to check as you are doing.   Can this develope later in life ( I'm 46)?   Yes, I think its most common discovered later rather than sooner.   I ate a meal last night that was gluten free and did not feel like nearly as bloated after eating, would I notice a change that quickly?  Thanksort for your input.   Yes, I noticed far less of a heavy feeling after eating very soon after diet changes. However you would be better off not trying gluten free just yet. I collected some links and other stuff here, it may be of use: Your best bet is to eat as normal and wait for the test results. If your doctors eliminate celiac there's nothing to stop you excluding gluten at that point to see if it helps. But before then you need to keep eating it to ensure an accurate diagnosis.  All the best  
    • Well HIV undermines the entire immune system as I understand it, so that would be akin to using dynamite to put out a kitchen fire! There is some work going on to try and retrain the immune system to not see gluten as a threat though: http://www.immusant.com/docs/ImmusanT DDW Data Release FINAL 5.24.16.pdf  I'm laughing as I write this imagining the conversations you could have with people as you tell them you'd like to contract HIV so that you can eat a decent sandwich        
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,159
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Anns
    Joined