Review: could Benadryl cause Short-term memory loss (Memory loss)?
Summary: 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 26,425 people who have side effects while taking Benadryl from FDA and social media. Among them, 537 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 allergies. (latest outcomes from 29,386 Benadryl users)
Short-term memory loss
Short-term memory loss has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, depression, pain, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol. (latest reports from 63,324 Short-term memory loss patients)
On Jan, 12, 2015: 26,414 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 536 people (2.03%) have Short-term Memory Loss.
Time on Benadryl when people have Short-term memory loss * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Short-term memory loss||63.27%||2.04%||2.04%||2.04%||8.16%||14.29%||8.16% |
Gender of people who have Short-term memory loss when taking Benadryl * :
|Short-term memory loss||64.78%||35.22% |
Age of people who have Short-term memory loss when taking Benadryl * :
|Short-term memory loss||0.00%||0.21%||1.87%||5.20%||13.31%||29.52%||16.63%||33.26% |
Severity of Short-term memory loss when taking Benadryl ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Short-term memory loss||7.69%||61.54%||30.77%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Short-term memory loss ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Short-term memory loss||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Pain (56 people, 10.45%)
- Hypertension (50 people, 9.33%)
- Insomnia (37 people, 6.90%)
- Multiple sclerosis (35 people, 6.53%)
- Depression (35 people, 6.53%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Aspirin (105 people, 19.59%)
- Zometa (98 people, 18.28%)
- Ambien (90 people, 16.79%)
- Neurontin (73 people, 13.62%)
- Oxycontin (68 people, 12.69%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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