Review: could Benadryl cause Panic attack?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 3, 2014)
Severity ratings: 3.0/4
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, 135 have Panic attack. See who they are, when they have Panic attack 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.
Panic attack (latest reports from 117,506 patients) has been reported by people with depression, stress and anxiety, quit smoking, panic disorder, pain.
On Feb, 27, 2014: 25,184 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 126 people (0.50%) have Panic Attack.
Time on Benadryl when people have Panic attack * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Panic attack||33.33%||22.22%||0.00%||11.11%||11.11%||11.11%||11.11% |
Gender of people who have Panic attack when taking Benadryl * :
|Panic attack||72.52%||27.48% |
Age of people who have Panic attack when taking Benadryl * :
|Panic attack||0.00%||0.00%||3.67%||17.43%||13.76%||45.87%||13.76%||5.50% |
Severity of Panic attack when taking Benadryl ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Panic attack||0.00%||33.33%||33.33%||33.33% |
How people recovered from Panic attack ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Panic attack||0.00%||50.00%||50.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Pain (17 people, 13.49%)
- Depression (12 people, 9.52%)
- Panic attack (9 people, 7.14%)
- Muscle spasms (7 people, 5.56%)
- Smoking cessation therapy (7 people, 5.56%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Klonopin (24 people, 19.05%)
- Prozac (24 people, 19.05%)
- Claritin (21 people, 16.67%)
- Ambien (21 people, 16.67%)
- Percocet (21 people, 16.67%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
Comments for this study:
Dave (11 months ago):
Just a quick comment on Benadryl-caused panic attacks. Last Xmas was extremely stressful. I ran out of my Xanax, and could not get a refill. I know that Gravol anti-nauseant has the same drug in it as Benadryl, so I bought a pack of Benadryl to ease my anxiety. I took 2, 50 mg. Benadryl's, and within 20 minutes I was experiencing the WORST panic attack I have ever had. I was hearing and seeing things, couldn't breath, kept getting mini-seizures. I took LSD once as a 17 year old and had a 48 hour long, extremely bad "trip" on the LSD. The Benadryl was at least 10x worse than the LSD.
50 year old male
perfect physical health
I am just wondering why Gravol has a "good" effect on me, but Benadryl, with the same active ingredient causes the severe panic attacks. I am wondering if the makers of Benadryl add amphetamine salt to the Benadryl as I hear amphetamines are useful for breathing problems due to allergies..am I correct?
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