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Review: could Benadryl cause Death?

Summary: Death could be caused by Benadryl, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Lasix, and have Pain.

We study 26,199 people who have side effects while taking Benadryl from FDA and social media. Among them, 487 have Death. Find out below who they are, when they have Death and more.

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On Apr, 10, 2014: 26,199 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 494 people (1.89%) have Death. They amount to 0.09% of all the 531,982 people who have Death on eHealthMe.

Trend of Death in Benadryl reports

Time on Benadryl when people have Death * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Death86.36%12.12%1.52%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Death when taking Benadryl * :

FemaleMale
Death54.97%45.03%

Age of people who have Death when taking Benadryl * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Death2.76%0.92%1.84%2.30%3.00%11.75%23.04%54.38%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (56 people, 11.34%)
  2. Breast cancer (39 people, 7.89%)
  3. Nausea (37 people, 7.49%)
  4. Depression (30 people, 6.07%)
  5. Anaemia (25 people, 5.06%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Lasix (133 people, 26.92%)
  2. Aspirin (112 people, 22.67%)
  3. Decadron (102 people, 20.65%)
  4. Zometa (96 people, 19.43%)
  5. Zofran (79 people, 15.99%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (4 days ago):

  • 5/325 every 4 hours as needed. 0-4 per day. Would like to stop taking this drug as my eye pressure has increased. Only take it if the pain is 10+++. Looking for Orthopedic Surgeon to fix the bulging disks.

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  • From this study (7 days ago):

  • Is there any interaction or problems taking these three medication at the same time?

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  • From this study (1 week ago):

  • My brother was taking methadone for 6 years. He entered the hospital a for a urinary tract infection. He was given levaquin overnight in an IV. He came home the next day and died 2 hours later. Could his death been caused by an adverse reaction of the 2 drugs?

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    Lori on Apr, 8, 2014:

    Taking Methadone and having Levaquin is not a combination that kills. There are only two things here that can..I doubt it was the Methadone since it sounds like it was __scribed by the Dr. for pain. I have to take it now, as well, and hate it but have not choice. I live in constant pain and most of the time wish I had died, from Levaquin. Levaquin side effects are deadly. The death rate is higher than reported as it causes things like kidney failure, liver, heart, and more and the reports read what fails NOT WHAT MADE THESE ORGANS FAIL. SO more than likely it was the Levaquin. This list is large from all over the world--people dying from Levaquin. When I was Floxed-name from adverse reaction to Cipro, Avelox, and Levaquin, I surely thought I would or was dying. Getting in contact with others having the same issue, I realized I very well could die. Now I wish I did...anyway, I am ON methadone from the pain I was left in...48 years old now, 43 at the time, and never did or had done drugs in my whole life..not even in high school did I try them of ANY KIND. Now -I live on them and barely function. If he had to live the way most of us floxed do, I realize there is no consoling anyone with a loss, but if he could tell you, he would tell you he is happier where he is then the pain he would have been left in on earth. I am sorry for your loss, but please look up the side effects to Levaquin and go on Facebook about it. He was FLoxed and died and another statistic passed right on by and people telling you it was a mix or the Methadone...it was ONLY the LEvaquin.... SO sorry

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