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Review: could Benadryl cause Atrial fibrillation (Atrial fibrillation/flutter)?

We study 26,370 people who have side effects while taking Benadryl from FDA and social media. Among them, 397 have Atrial fibrillation. Find out below who they are, when they have Atrial fibrillation and more.

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Benadryl

Benadryl (latest outcomes from 29,330 users) has active ingredients of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergen.

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart) (latest reports from 385,824 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, multiple myeloma.

On Sep, 16, 2014: 26,370 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 404 people (1.53%) have Atrial Fibrillation.

Trend of Atrial fibrillation in Benadryl reports

Time on Benadryl when people have Atrial fibrillation * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Atrial fibrillation74.29%20.00%2.86%0.00%0.00%2.86%0.00%

Gender of people who have Atrial fibrillation when taking Benadryl * :

FemaleMale
Atrial fibrillation55.73%44.27%

Age of people who have Atrial fibrillation when taking Benadryl * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Atrial fibrillation0.00%0.00%0.27%5.32%1.33%8.78%14.63%69.68%

Severity of Atrial fibrillation when taking Benadryl ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Atrial fibrillation0.00%50.00%0.00%50.00%

How people recovered from Atrial fibrillation ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Atrial fibrillation50.00%0.00%50.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (36 people, 8.91%)
  2. Insomnia (33 people, 8.17%)
  3. Nausea (28 people, 6.93%)
  4. Constipation (21 people, 5.20%)
  5. Depression (21 people, 5.20%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (140 people, 34.65%)
  2. Lasix (126 people, 31.19%)
  3. Coumadin (97 people, 24.01%)
  4. Ativan (89 people, 22.03%)
  5. Digoxin (88 people, 21.78%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (3 months ago):

  • Excessive use of Benedryl as well as Imodium

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  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Richard Augello on Apr, 22, 2012:

    Could Benadryl Allergy Liquigels cause A-FIB? I have a history of A-Fib and am on meds for it. My allergies are in full force so I started taking benadryl for the past few days, 1 or 2 liqui gels a day and this morning I went into A-fib.

    Reply

    Lady from NJ on Jan, 24, 2013:

    I am a 57 year old lady from NJ. Never had any issues with my heart EVER till I took two Benedryl the other night and woke up in the morning with Atrial Fibrullation - heart beating 610 beats per minute, had to check into emergency room and the problems that ensued were horrible.
    This stuff is DANGEROUS and it definitely CAUSED the ATRIAL FIBRULLATION however you spell it.
    Good luck

    Reply

  • From this study (3 years ago):

  • Amy on Dec, 20, 2011:

    Took Benadryl with my Multaq last night, had heart issues a-fib type arythmias.... Different from any other heart arythmia ever experienced before... corrected with Metaplol.

    Reply

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