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Review: could Benadryl cause Hair loss?

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

We study 26,199 people who have side effects while taking Benadryl from FDA and social media. Among them, 293 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

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Benadryl

Benadryl (latest outcomes from 29,278 users) has active ingredients of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergies.

Hair loss

Hair loss (latest reports from 226,665 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 26,199 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 293 people (1.12%) have Hair Loss. They amount to 0.13% of all the 226,534 people who have Hair Loss on eHealthMe.

Trend of Hair loss in Benadryl reports

Time on Benadryl when people have Hair loss * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Hair loss61.90%9.52%0.00%4.76%19.05%0.00%4.76%

Gender of people who have Hair loss when taking Benadryl * :

FemaleMale
Hair loss81.88%18.12%

Age of people who have Hair loss when taking Benadryl * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Hair loss0.00%4.37%0.87%5.24%12.23%30.13%15.72%31.44%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Benadryl ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Hair loss0.00%57.14%28.57%14.29%

How people recovered from Hair loss ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Hair loss0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Osteoporosis (18 people, 6.14%)
  2. Pain (16 people, 5.46%)
  3. Hypertension (15 people, 5.12%)
  4. Eczema (15 people, 5.12%)
  5. Insomnia (15 people, 5.12%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Zometa (67 people, 22.87%)
  2. Ativan (66 people, 22.53%)
  3. Zofran (55 people, 18.77%)
  4. Reglan (49 people, 16.72%)
  5. Synthroid (49 people, 16.72%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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