FDA Warns Against Swallowing Benadryl Itch Gel

Law360, New York (May 13, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers that mistakenly swallowing Johnson & Johnson’s Benadryl anti-itch gel instead of putting it on the skin could cause unconsciousness, hallucinations and other serious side effects.

The agency said Wednesday that J&J received 121 reports between 2001 and 2009 of consumers accidentally ingesting Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel, an over-the-counter treatment. J&J also sells oral liquid Benadryl products that can be swallowed.

Of the total reports, seven were considered serious and patients had to be taken to...
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