Review: could Benadryl cause Itching?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 5, 2014)
Severity ratings: 2.7/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 25,184 people who take Benadryl. Among them, 1,617 have Itching. See who they are, when they have Itching and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Benadryl (latest outcomes from 29,259 users) has active ingredients of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergies, insomnia. Commonly reported side effects of Benadryl include breathing difficulty, nausea, nausea aggravated, dyspnoea exacerbated, rashes.
Itching (latest reports from 517,434 patients) has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, multiple sclerosis.
On Feb, 22, 2014: 25,142 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 1,521 people (6.05%) have Itching.
Time on Benadryl when people have Itching * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
Gender of people who have Itching when taking Benadryl * :
Age of people who have Itching when taking Benadryl * :
Severity of Itching when taking Benadryl ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
How people recovered from Itching ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Pruritus (101 people, 6.64%)
- Multiple sclerosis (88 people, 5.79%)
- Crohn's disease (73 people, 4.80%)
- Pain (68 people, 4.47%)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (64 people, 4.21%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Prednisone (233 people, 15.32%)
- Remicade (158 people, 10.39%)
- Decadron (149 people, 9.80%)
- Aspirin (133 people, 8.74%)
- Coumadin (121 people, 7.96%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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From this study (1 year ago):
Itching and breaking out suddenly after Varicella vaccine on Mon. A little while ago, I just began itching severly. I went to check the mirror & I have small bumps all over the bottom of my face, by the chin, corners of mouth and seems to be spreading across face with mild bumpy areas on forehead/upper face. i have lumbago, neuralgia & osteoarthritis/ddd in my lower back, right side, with pain shooting down my leg. I have a high sensitivity to pain and it feels like microscopic bugs are biting my arms, legs & upper back and thighs. Help, please. Do you think this is an adverse reaction to the Varicella vaccine? I've never had chickenpox nor the vaccine. I haven't yet taken the Benadryl but wanted to make sure it was safe before I did.
From this study (2 years ago):
an all of these together cause liver damage? the itching just started 2 days ago, no red spots welts or rash. nothing visible. itching all over feels sort of swelled like poison oak but nothing there.
From this study (4 years ago):
Methadone makes me feel like crap, I'm quitting it tomorrow. Feels like too much opiates. SO much itching. Dilaudid works but doesn't last long and takes too many pills, makes me feel like a junkie. Neurontin does nothing, I want to try something else. Temazepam scares me with the methadone due to risk of respiratory depression. It all just scares me :(
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