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Review: could Benadryl cause Heart racing?

Summary: Heart racing could be caused by Benadryl, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Ativan, and have Crohn's disease.

We study 26,199 people who have side effects while taking Benadryl from FDA and social media. Among them, 465 have Heart racing. Find out below who they are, when they have Heart racing 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.

Heart racing

Heart racing (feelings or sensations that your heart is pounding or racing) (latest reports from 310,859 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, depression, osteoporosis, high blood cholesterol, pain.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 26,199 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 464 people (1.77%) have Heart Racing. They amount to 0.15% of all the 310,591 people who have Heart Racing on eHealthMe.

Trend of Heart racing in Benadryl reports

Time on Benadryl when people have Heart racing * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Heart racing77.27%4.55%0.00%9.09%4.55%0.00%4.55%

Gender of people who have Heart racing when taking Benadryl * :

FemaleMale
Heart racing81.06%18.94%

Age of people who have Heart racing when taking Benadryl * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Heart racing0.00%0.50%2.72%11.14%10.40%23.51%31.19%20.54%

Severity of Heart racing when taking Benadryl ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Heart racing0.00%83.33%16.67%0.00%

How people recovered from Heart racing ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Heart racing33.33%0.00%66.67%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Crohn's disease (36 people, 7.76%)
  2. Osteoporosis (24 people, 5.17%)
  3. Hypertension (23 people, 4.96%)
  4. Sleep disorder (23 people, 4.96%)
  5. Depression (21 people, 4.53%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Ativan (76 people, 16.38%)
  2. Dilaudid (72 people, 15.52%)
  3. Aspirin (70 people, 15.09%)
  4. Lasix (65 people, 14.01%)
  5. Protonix (64 people, 13.79%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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