A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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There are multiple forms of this medication available. Benadryl tablets 50 mg and capsules need to be taken through the mouth with a glass of water. It is your choice if you want to take it with food or without it.
The liquid form of Benadryl needs to be taken in equal proportions. Measure the dosage using a measuring device or a special spoon. Avoid using a kitchen spoon as it is likely you will end up taking the incorrect dosage.
The rapidly dissolving tablets or strips need to be allowed to dissolve on the tongue before being swallowed with or without water.
The chewable form of Benadryl needs to be chewed thoroughly before being swallowed.
Benadryl tablets 50 mg contains diphenhydramine HCl 25 mg as well as other ingredients such as
Let your doctor know about all allergies you suffer from before taking any medicines. Also, seek immediate medical attention in case you notice severe after effects.
Use all medicines as directed by the doctor. Do not overdose or skip doses. Possible side effects of Benadryl are: