Xanax vs. Benadryl


We compare the side effects and drug effectiveness of Xanax and Benadryl. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 265,634 people who take Xanax and Benadryl, and is updated regularly.

What's eHealthMe?

eHealthMe is a health data analysis company based in Mountain View, California. eHealthMe monitors and analyzes the outcomes of drugs and supplements that are currently on the market. The results are readily available to health care professionals and consumers.

eHealthMe has released original studies on market drugs and worked with leading universities and institutions such as IBM, London Health Science Centre, Mayo Clinic, Northwestern University and VA. eHealthMe studies have now been referenced in over 500 peer-reviewed medical publications.

How we gather our data?

Healthcare data is obtained from a number of sources including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This information is aggregated and used to produce personalized reports that patients can reference.

The information that eHealthMe collects includes:

  • Side effects (including severity and how people recover from them)
  • Associated conditions or symptoms
  • Drug effectiveness
  • Demographic data regarding drug use

How the study uses the data?

The study is based on alprazolam and diphenhydramine hydrochloride (the active ingredients of Xanax and Benadryl, respectively). Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs or brand names) are also considered.

What is Xanax?

Xanax has active ingredients of alprazolam. It is often used in stress and anxiety. (latest outcomes from Xanax 103,173 users)

What is Benadryl?

Benadryl has active ingredients of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergies. (latest outcomes from Benadryl 57,530 users)

How to use the study?

Patients can bring a copy of the report to their healthcare provider to ensure that all drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood. It is recommended that patients use the information presented as a part of a broader decision-making process.

On Feb, 27, 2019

265,634 people who take Xanax and Benadryl are studied.

Number of reports submitted per year:

Xanax vs Benadryl drug comparison reports.

Drugs in this study:

  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine hydrochloride)
  • Xanax (alprazolam)

Most common side effects:

  1. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  2. Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
  3. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  4. Headache (pain in head)
  5. Pain
  6. Vomiting
  7. Diarrhoea
  8. Pyrexia (fever)
  9. Rash
  10. Drug Ineffective
  1. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  2. Drug Ineffective
  3. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  4. Pain
  5. Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
  6. Headache (pain in head)
  7. Depression
  8. Diarrhoea
  9. Vomiting
  10. Dizziness

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

  1. Drug Ineffective
  2. Weight Decreased
  3. Infusion Related Reaction
  4. Rheumatoid Arthritis (a chronic progressive disease causing inflammation in the joints)
  5. Arthralgia (joint pain)
  6. Headache (pain in head)
  7. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  8. Pain
  9. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  10. Blood Pressure Increased
  1. Depression
  2. Pain
  3. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  4. Drug Ineffective
  5. Headache (pain in head)
  6. Suicidal Ideation
  7. Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)
  8. Weight Decreased
  9. Vomiting
  10. Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Drug effectiveness:

  • not at all: 3.21 %
  • somewhat: 25.06 %
  • moderate: 35.84 %
  • high: 26.46 %
  • very high: 9.42 %
  • not at all: 1.58 %
  • somewhat: 15.49 %
  • moderate: 33.81 %
  • high: 33.24 %
  • very high: 15.88 %

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