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Claritin vs Benadryl, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 30

This is personalized comparison of Claritin vs Benadryl for a male aged 30. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Claritin (latest outcomes from 24,190 users) has active ingredients of loratadine. It is often used in allergies.

Benadryl (latest outcomes from 29,359 users) has active ingredients of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergies.

On Nov, 14, 2014: 1,388 male patients aged 26 who take the same drugs are studied in Claritin vs Benadryl

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Male26Allergies

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Claritin loratadineSchering Plough
Benadryl diphenhydramine hydrochlorideMcneil Cons

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 26 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Claritin (Schering Plough)Benadryl (Mcneil Cons)
Drug IneffectiveCompleted Suicide (act of taking one's own life)
VomitingNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Arthralgia (joint pain)Chest Pain
Headache (pain in head)Pyrexia (fever)
DepressionDrug Toxicity
Chest PainFatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Condition AggravatedDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Suicidal IdeationDizziness
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Vomiting
Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)Chills (felling of cold)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Claritin (Schering Plough)Benadryl (Mcneil Cons)
Sinus Headache (headache caused by sinus infections)Appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix)
Gas Gangrene (bacterial infection that produces gas within tissues)Abdominal Mass (localized enlargement or swelling in the human abdomen)
Hot Flushes Nos (sudden feelings of heat)Aphasia (damage to the parts of the brain that control language)
Drug Dependence
Loss Of Consciousness
Somnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)
Road Traffic Accident
Pain Management
Diastolic Dysfunction
Hearing Loss

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Claritin3.23%25.81%46.77%20.97%3.23%
Benadryl6.25%28.57%35.71%15.18%14.29%

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Claritin (loratadine) is often used to treat allergies. Benadryl (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) is often used to treat allergies. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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