Review: could Benadryl cause Short-term Memory Loss?


Short-term memory loss 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 Aspirin, and have Pain . We study 28,793 people who have side effects while taking Benadryl from FDA and social media. Among them, 519 have Short-term memory loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Short-term memory loss and more.

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Benadryl has active ingredients of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It is often used in hypersensitivity. (latest outcomes from Benadryl 32,636 users)

Short-term Memory Loss

Short-term memory loss has been reported by people with weakness, confusional state, diarrhea, drowsiness, insomnia (latest reports from 71,070 Short-term memory loss patients).

On Aug, 24, 2016

28,793 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl.
Among them, 519 people (1.8%) have Short-term Memory Loss

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Benadryl cause Short-term memory loss?

Time on Benadryl when people have Short-term Memory Loss *:

  • < 1 month: 52.27 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 4.55 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 2.27 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 2.27 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 9.09 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 18.18 %
  • 10+ years: 11.36 %

Gender of people who have Short-term Memory Loss when taking Benadryl *:

  • female: 65.63 %
  • male: 34.37 %

Age of people who have Short-term Memory Loss when taking Benadryl *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.24 %
  • 10-19: 1.96 %
  • 20-29: 5.13 %
  • 30-39: 10.27 %
  • 40-49: 28.85 %
  • 50-59: 18.58 %
  • 60+: 34.96 %

Severity if Short-term Memory Loss when taking Benadryl **:

  • least: 6.25 %
  • moderate: 62.5 %
  • severe: 31.25 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

How people recovered from Short-term Memory Loss **:

  • while on drug: 0.0 %
  • after off the drug: 12.5 %
  • not yet: 87.5 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Pain (48 people)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (45 people)
  • Hypertension (39 people)
  • Depression (36 people)
  • Insomnia (31 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Aspirin (75 people)
  • Ambien (74 people)
  • Neurontin (61 people)
  • Vicodin (56 people)
  • Prilosec (53 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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