Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

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General information

Class/mechanism: first-generation antihistamine.
Route: PO/IV
Extravasation: unknown

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Diseases for which it is used

No known antineoplastic properties. Used for prevention of reactions to blood products or biologics (e.g. monoclonal antibodies) as well as treatment of such reactions.

Also known as

  • Brand name: Benadryl