diphenhydramine

noun
di·​phen·​hy·​dra·​mine | \ˌdī-ˌfen-ˈhī-drə-ˌmēn \

Definition of diphenhydramine 

: an antihistamine C17H21NO used especially in the form of its hydrochloride

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Treatment for dermatitis caused by sea lice can include an antihistamine, such diphenhydramine, an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, or an oatmeal bath. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Sea lice reported on Florida beach," 27 June 2018 Benadryl is the brand name of diphenhydramine, used to treat allergies. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Did son kill mom with hammer in 'fog of Benadryl' after at least 80 allergy pills?," 10 May 2018 Your child’s allergist can tell you when to give diphenhydramine and when to give epinephrine, if these medications have been prescribed. Hillary Gordon, Md, Philly.com, "ER visits rising for kids with allergies," 30 Apr. 2018 The agency also said Sarah Hart and two of the children who died in the crash had diphenhydramine, an active ingredient in Benadryl, in their systems. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Devonte Hart's biological mom: They gave my kids 'to monsters'," 13 Apr. 2018 For example, the active ingredient in Benadryl, diphenhydramine, is banned in Zambia in over-the counter products. New York Times, "How to Make Sure You Travel with Medication Legally," 19 Jan. 2018 The father overdosed on heroine, while the mother used a combination of methadone, dextrorphan, diphenhydramine and doxylamine. Andrea Fowler, Redbook, "Parents of Four Orchestrate Family Suicide Because They Fear "Evils in the World"," 30 Jan. 2015 The most common active ingredients mentioned were diphenhydramine and dextromethorphan. Philly.com, "Are cough and cold medications safe for kids?," 29 Aug. 2017 Kenneth Parker, 28, was found unresponsive in his cell on May 18 and died of an overdose of fentanyl and diphenhydramine, the medical examiner determined. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Two D.C. jail inmates found dead in May died from opioid overdoses," 20 June 2017

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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diphenhydramine

noun
di·​phen·​hy·​dra·​mine | \ˌdī-ˌfen-ˈhī-drə-ˌmēn \

Medical Definition of diphenhydramine 

: an antihistamine used especially in the form of its hydrochloride C17H21NO·HCl to treat allergy symptoms and motion sickness and to induce sleep — see benadryl

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