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Review: could Benadryl cause Rapid heart beat?

Summary: Rapid heart beat could be caused by Benadryl, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Decadron, and have Crohn's disease.

We study 26,199 people who have side effects while taking Benadryl from FDA and social media. Among them, 547 have Rapid heart beat. Find out below who they are, when they have Rapid heart beat and more.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 26,199 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 547 people (2.09%) have Rapid Heart Beat. They amount to 0.26% of all the 209,895 people who have Rapid Heart Beat on eHealthMe.

Trend of Rapid heart beat in Benadryl reports

Time on Benadryl when people have Rapid heart beat * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Rapid heart beat89.09%7.27%1.82%1.82%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Rapid heart beat when taking Benadryl * :

FemaleMale
Rapid heart beat67.54%32.46%

Age of people who have Rapid heart beat when taking Benadryl * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Rapid heart beat0.61%7.51%5.48%5.27%9.13%21.10%20.08%30.83%

Severity of Rapid heart beat when taking Benadryl ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Rapid heart beat0.00%33.33%66.67%0.00%

How people recovered from Rapid heart beat ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Rapid heart beat0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Crohn's disease (28 people, 5.12%)
  2. Pain (27 people, 4.94%)
  3. Depression (25 people, 4.57%)
  4. Hypersensitivity (24 people, 4.39%)
  5. Asthma (20 people, 3.66%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Decadron (72 people, 13.16%)
  2. Tylenol (67 people, 12.25%)
  3. Zofran (53 people, 9.69%)
  4. Remicade (49 people, 8.96%)
  5. Carboplatin (49 people, 8.96%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • joanna on May, 18, 2012:

    I recently started on an antibiotic called avelox for the treatment of my sinus, throat and lung infection. Its my third day so far taking it , and my chest is super congested so purchased a benelyn extra strength mucus and phlem relief. I took it around 10 pm before bed and woke up at 1230 with a rapid heart beating, causing my head to spin and chest to hurt. It lasts for 6 hours I believe so all I can do is wait it out. But this is a scary situation.

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