Increased rates of diphenhydramine overdose, abuse, and misuse in the United States, 2005-2016 - Nemanich A, Liebelt E, Sabbatini AK.

OBJECTIVES: To describe trends in abuse, misuse, and suicide attempts involving diphenhydramine (DPH). METHODS: We analyzed intentional DPH exposures of individuals ≥10 years old reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers using data from the Natio...
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