Benadryl and Short-term memory loss
This is a study of Short-term memory loss (Memory loss) among people who take Benadryl. The study analyzes: the time on Benadryl when people have Short-term memory loss, gender and age of these people, the severity of Short-term memory loss, how they recovered, and common conditions and drugs used besides Benadryl. In total 24,543 Benadryl users are studied. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and is updated regularly.
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Benadryl has active ingredients of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It is used in allergies, allergen, allergic reactions, insomnia, itching. Commonly reported side effects of Benadryl include nausea, breathing difficulty, rashes, fatigue, chest pain.
Short-term memory loss
Short-term memory loss has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, depression, pain, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol.
On May, 16, 2013: 24,543 people reported to have side effects when taking Benadryl. Among them, 476 people (1.94%) 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||83.78%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||8.11%||0.00%||8.11% |
Gender of people who have Short-term memory loss when taking Benadryl * :
|Short-term memory loss||65.07%||34.93% |
Age of people who have Short-term memory loss when taking Benadryl * :
|Short-term memory loss||0.00%||0.24%||1.65%||4.95%||12.74%||28.30%||17.45%||34.67% |
Severity of Short-term memory loss when taking Benadryl ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Short-term memory loss||14.29%||42.86%||42.86%||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 (48 people, 10.08%)
- Pain (46 people, 9.66%)
- Insomnia (35 people, 7.35%)
- Pruritus (32 people, 6.72%)
- Multiple sclerosis (31 people, 6.51%)
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Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Aspirin (98 people, 20.59%)
- Zometa (92 people, 19.33%)
- Ambien (86 people, 18.07%)
- Neurontin (70 people, 14.71%)
- Oxycontin (65 people, 13.66%)
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* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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From this study (1 year ago):
ronauda M on Apr, 20, 2012:
I have insomnia real bad.I was on the geneeric ambien but that stopped working. My doctor perscribed the real ambien, but was way to expensive. My insurance wouldn't cover it. I have been taking over the counter sleep aid for past 2 years. I'm now up to 50mg of diphenhydramine @ 4 pills per night. I started losing my memory,my name at times, ending up walking and not remembering how I got there. I thought it was menopause. Now my new doctor has told me of this sllep aide can cause memory loss. I'm now on trazadone.
From this study (4 years ago):
for me I go to the doctor after I have tried the medicine for about 6 months. Some medicines you take and immediately know that they are working. The side effects that bother me the most is my memory loss and insomnia. The ambien worked like a charm for about the first year that I took it and now three years later, I have added Benadryl to assist with the whole insomnia thing. Doctor reccommended doing this instead of going up to a higher dose of ambien. I've also tried melatonin with little succes. The anti deprssent (Lexapro 10mg) does help my depression a lot, but it leaves me with the chronic "no libido" syndrom.
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