Review: could Benadryl cause Panic attack?
Summary: Panic attack could be caused by Benadryl, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Klonopin, and have Pain.
We study 26,199 people who have side effects while taking Benadryl from FDA and social media. Among them, 135 have Panic attack. Find out below who they are, when they have Panic attack and more.
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Benadryl (latest outcomes from 29,278 users) has active ingredients of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergen.
Panic attack (latest reports from 119,964 patients) has been reported by people with depression, stress and anxiety, quit smoking, pain, high blood pressure.
On Apr, 12, 2014: 26,199 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 135 people (0.52%) have Panic Attack. They amount to 0.11% of all the 117,963 people who have Panic Attack on eHealthMe.
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||74.47%||25.53% |
Age of people who have Panic attack when taking Benadryl * :
|Panic attack||0.00%||0.00%||3.36%||15.97%||12.61%||47.06%||15.13%||5.88% |
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, 12.59%)
- Depression (12 people, 8.89%)
- Panic attack (9 people, 6.67%)
- Bipolar disorder (8 people, 5.93%)
- Smoking cessation therapy (7 people, 5.19%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Klonopin (24 people, 17.78%)
- Prozac (24 people, 17.78%)
- Percocet (23 people, 17.04%)
- Xanax (22 people, 16.30%)
- Vicodin (22 people, 16.30%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
Comments for this study:
Dave (13 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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