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Review: could Benadryl cause Itching?

Summary: Itching is found among people who take Benadryl, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Prednisone, and have Itching.

We study 26,435 people who have side effects while taking Benadryl from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,621 have Itching. Find out below who they are, when they have Itching and more.

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Benadryl

Benadryl has active ingredients of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergies. (latest outcomes from 29,395 Benadryl users)

Itching

Itching has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, multiple sclerosis. (latest reports from 88,273 Itching patients)

On Feb, 11, 2015: 26,425 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 1,581 people (5.98%) have Itching.

Trend of Itching in Benadryl reports

Time on Benadryl when people have Itching * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Itching93.14%3.92%0.49%0.98%0.00%0.49%0.98%

Gender of people who have Itching when taking Benadryl * :

FemaleMale
Itching71.82%28.18%

Age of people who have Itching when taking Benadryl * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Itching0.00%1.53%3.12%5.62%13.19%18.47%25.62%32.43%

Severity of Itching when taking Benadryl ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Itching0.00%50.00%28.57%21.43%

How people recovered from Itching ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Itching0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pruritus (112 people, 7.08%)
  2. Multiple sclerosis (90 people, 5.69%)
  3. Crohn's disease (76 people, 4.81%)
  4. Pain (68 people, 4.30%)
  5. Hypertension (66 people, 4.17%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prednisone (240 people, 15.18%)
  2. Remicade (164 people, 10.37%)
  3. Decadron (149 people, 9.42%)
  4. Aspirin (146 people, 9.23%)
  5. Coumadin (126 people, 7.97%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • Severe rash on legs and body 6 weeks ago faded considerably at this time, now I have small red flat spots on body and few on arms and legs some have developed lumps under the skin

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  • Itching in extremeties with no rash apparent. Eyes watery and burning. Twitching is in left eyelid. Itching started 8 days ago. Lotion does not help much. Diphenhydramine does not help much.

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  • From this study (2 years ago):

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