What could cause Irritability for a 14-year old girl who takes Focalin Xr, Benadryl?
Summary: 5 female patients aged 14 (±5) who take the same drugs are studied.
This is a personalized study for a 14 year old female patient who has ADHD, Allergy To Animal. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.
What are the drugs
Focalin xr has active ingredients of dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from Focalin xr 881 users)
Benadryl has active ingredients of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergies. (view latest outcomes from 29,367 users)
What are the conditions
Adhd (adhd-mental disorders that develop in children) can be treated by Vyvanse, Concerta, Adderall 20, Adderall 30, Ritalin, Adderall Xr 30. (latest reports from Adhd 34,511 patients)
Allergy to animal can be treated by Zyrtec, Benadryl, Zyrtec Allergy, Cetirizine Hydrochloride Allergy, Singulair, Loratadine. (latest reports from Allergy To Animal 474 patients)
What is the symptom
Irritability has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, pain, stress and anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.(latest reports from Irritability 23,359 patients)
On Nov, 28, 2014: 5 females aged 9 (±5) who take Focalin Xr, Benadryl are studied
Information of the patient in this study:
Conditions: ADHD, Allergy To Animal
- Focalin Xr - 10MG (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride): used for 6 - 12 months
- Benadryl - 10MG/ML (diphenhydramine hydrochloride): used for < 1 month
Drug interactions have: least irritability
eHealthMe real world results:
Comparison with this patient's adverse outcomes:
|Interaction||Number of reports on eHealthMe|
|Irritability||2 (40.00% of females aged 9 (±5) who take the drugs)|
(as an adverse outcome could be a symptom of a condition, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, regardless of which drug is taken, how many female HBP patients aged 50 (±5) have nausea)
|Symptom (click a symptom for in-depth analysis)||Number of reports on eHealthMe|
|Irritability in Adhd||85 (2.51% of females aged 9 (±5) who have Adhd)|
|Irritability in Allergy To Animal||2 (12.50% of females aged 9 (±5) who have Allergy to animal)|
(as an adverse outcome could be a side effect of a drug, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, how many female Aspirin users aged 50 (±5) have nausea)
|Side effect (click a side effect for in-depth analysis)||Number of reports on eHealthMe|
|Irritability in Focalin Xr||1 (1.19% of females aged 9 (±5) who take Focalin xr)|
|Irritability in Benadryl||5 (0.99% of females aged 9 (±5) who take Benadryl)|
Drug effectiveness over time :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years||not specified|
|Focalin Xr is effective||n/a||100.00%|
(1 of 1 people)
(1 of 2 people)
(1 of 1 people)
|Benadryl is effective||100.00%|
(1 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
Most common drug interactions over time * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years||not specified|
|Irritability||Excessive Eye Blinking (excessive blinking is dry eyes)||Excessive Eye Blinking (excessive blinking is dry eyes)||Heart Injury||n/a||Blue Vision||n/a||Sedation|
|Irritability||Headache (pain in head)||Sexual Abuse|
|Heart Injury||Rash (redness)|
|Urinary Tract Infection|
* Some reports may have incomplete information.
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I had taken Ortho Novum 777 from the age of 18 to 28 stopping in-between pregnancies. I had 3 children between the ages of 21 and 29.
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I remember age 32 being significant for some reason. Upon reflecting back over the years while seeking treatment for a solution out of the psyco cycle I remember referring to age 32 as the year that things were never the same as they were in my 20's.
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My 13 yr. old son was diag. 2 yrs. ago with Adhd, OCD, ODD, & PTSD. Focalin xr changed our lives. We tried every combo of meds avail. once we found focalin xr everything changed. His grades are from "d's" to " A's" attitude is fantastic and overall a new child.
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