Should we be taking first-generation H1-antihistamines, like Benadryl, off the over-the-counter shelves?

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  • sandy says:

    there is no reason to take a proven medication off the market or start writing prescriptions for it……..your reasoning to do so isn’t sound. following your reasoning even aspirin should not be sold without a prescription…….people will always die of overdoses of otc meds or prescription meds…… can’t cure stupid !

    • Jennifer says:

      I think the article is exercising sound logic. It’s highlighting current findings about antihistamines that were once proven to be safe and effective. With more and more research, we make newer findings. This means that a medication may have been marked as effective and safe at one point in the past, but with further research, the same results no longer hold true. Taking once proven meds off the market has happened before — Zantac being an example.

  • Joan Goodhope says:

    thank you keep up the good work


Michelle Ward


Michelle Ward is a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa.  She is currently a fellow in global journalism at the University of Toronto.

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