diphenhydramine

Definition / meaning of diphenhydramine

A drug used to treat allergies and relieve cough and itching caused by insect bites, sunburn, and poison oak or ivy. It is also used to treat mild Parkinson disease, to prevent and treat motion sickness, to relieve cough and cold symptoms, and as a sleep aid. It is a type of antihistamine.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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