Review: could Benadryl cause Short-term memory loss?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 7, 2014)
Severity ratings: 2.2/4
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, 533 have Short-term memory loss. See who they are, when they have Short-term memory loss 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.
Short-term memory loss
Short-term memory loss (latest reports from 456,506 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, depression, pain, high blood pressure, pain relief by acupuncture.
On Feb, 14, 2014: 25,142 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 486 people (1.93%) 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||65.96%||0.00%||2.13%||2.13%||8.51%||12.77%||8.51% |
Gender of people who have Short-term memory loss when taking Benadryl * :
|Short-term memory loss||65.73%||34.27% |
Age of people who have Short-term memory loss when taking Benadryl * :
|Short-term memory loss||0.00%||0.23%||1.61%||4.84%||12.67%||29.03%||17.28%||34.33% |
Severity of Short-term memory loss when taking Benadryl ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Short-term memory loss||10.00%||60.00%||30.00%||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 * :
- Hypertension (49 people, 10.08%)
- Pain (49 people, 10.08%)
- Insomnia (36 people, 7.41%)
- Pruritus (32 people, 6.58%)
- Depression (32 people, 6.58%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Aspirin (98 people, 20.16%)
- Zometa (92 people, 18.93%)
- Ambien (88 people, 18.11%)
- Neurontin (70 people, 14.40%)
- Oxycontin (65 people, 13.37%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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