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Benadryl

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7.2  Effectiveness
3.8  Side Effects
6.3  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 2 Benadryl side effects and 3 Benadryl benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of this medication is diphenhydramine and brand names are Aler-Tab, Allergy, Allermax, Altaryl, Benadryl, Children's Allergy, Diphen Cough, Diphenhist, Dytuss, Q-Dryl, Siladryl, Silphen Cough, Simply Sleep, Sleep-ettes, Sominex Maximum Strength Caplet and Theraflu Thin Strips Multi Symptom.

The active ingredient of this medication is diphenhydramine hydrochloride.

This medication is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, itching, watery eyes, hives, rashes, itching and other symptoms of allergies and the common cold.
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Effectiveness of Benadryl by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Benadryl, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 0% 4.7% 90.5% 3.6% 1.2%
Balance/Equilibrium 1.2% 6% 87.5% 4.2% 1.2%
Blood Pressure 0% 1.8% 97.6% 0% 0.6%
Breathing 3% 1.8% 72.8% 14.8% 7.7%
Confidence 0.6% 0.6% 92.3% 4.8% 1.8%
Coordination/Motor Skills 1.8% 7.1% 86.4% 3% 1.8%
Digestion 0% 0% 97.6% 1.2% 1.2%
Emotional Well-being 0.6% 1.2% 86.5% 8.8% 2.9%
Energy 4.7% 20.6% 60.6% 12.4% 1.8%
Eyesight 0% 1.8% 95.2% 1.8% 1.2%
Memory 1.2% 0% 97% 0.6% 1.2%
Mental Clarity 2.4% 7.1% 83.3% 4.8% 2.4%
Pain 0.6% 1.8% 84% 11.2% 2.4%
Patience 0.6% 0.6% 92.3% 5.4% 1.2%
Sexual Health 0% 0.6% 97.6% 1.2% 0.6%
Skin Complexion 0% 0.6% 92.9% 4.8% 1.8%
Sleep 5.3% 9.4% 42.7% 28.1% 14.6%
Stress Level 0.6% 1.8% 86.3% 7.7% 3.6%
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Commonly Reported Benadryl Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Cold Symptoms 96.8% 3.2% 0% 0% 0%
Dry Throat / Increased Thirst 88.9% 4.3% 3.4% 3.4% 0%
Headache 92.9% 4.8% 2.4% 0% 0%
Skin Rash 99.2% 0.8% 0% 0% 0%
Fatigue 78.5% 9.3% 6.4% 4.7% 1.2%
Unusual Taste in Mouth 94.9% 3.4% 0% 1.7% 0%
Blurred Vision 96% 2.7% 0% 1.3% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 96.8% 3.2% 0% 0% 0%
Stomach Ache 96.8% 3.2% 0% 0% 0%
Anxiety 96.8% 3.2% 0% 0% 0%
Drowsiness 50.3% 14.3% 14.9% 14.9% 5.6%
Cough 96.2% 3.8% 0% 0% 0%
Nausea 97.6% 1.8% 0.6% 0% 0%
Dry Mouth 80.4% 12.4% 2.6% 3.9% 0.7%
Coordination / Balance Problems 95% 1.7% 0.8% 2.5% 0%
Dizziness 84.6% 10.7% 2.4% 1.8% 0.6%
Sore Throat 96.2% 3.1% 0.6% 0% 0%
Nosebleeds 99.1% 0.9% 0% 0% 0%
Dry Nose 94.4% 4% 1.6% 0% 0%
Sneezing 95.7% 3.4% 0.9% 0% 0%
Insomnia 96.8% 3.2% 0% 0% 0%
Allergic Reaction 98.7% 1.3% 0% 0% 0%
Wheezing 97.4% 0.9% 1.7% 0% 0%
Muscle Cramping 96.8% 3.2% 0% 0% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Benadryl Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Diarrhea 99.2% 0.8% 0% 0% 0%
Nosebleeds 92% 0% 4% 4% 0%
Rapid Heartbeat 96.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8%
Appetite Loss 94.6% 3% 1.8% 0.6% 0%
Abdominal Pain 99.2% 0% 0% 0.8% 0%
Difficulty Urinating 99.3% 0.7% 0% 0% 0%
Sneezing 92.3% 7.7% 0% 0% 0%
Tingling Sensations 97.9% 1.4% 0% 0% 0.7%
Dry Nose 80.8% 7.7% 3.8% 7.7% 0%
Tremors 98.4% 0.8% 0% 0% 0.8%
Insomnia 98.3% 0% 0% 0.8% 0.8%
Nervousness 97.9% 1.4% 0% 0% 0.7%
Muscle Cramping 99.2% 0% 0% 0.8% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 98% 1.3% 0% 0% 0.7%
High Blood Pressure 99.2% 0% 0.8% 0% 0%
Constipation 98.4% 1.6% 0% 0% 0%
Dry Throat / Increased Thirst 80.8% 7.7% 11.5% 0% 0%
Back Pain 98.3% 1.7% 0% 0% 0%
Abnormal / Vivid Dreams 95.4% 1.3% 2% 0.7% 0.7%
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Episodes since taking Benadryl
Since taking Benadryl Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Fall 0.5%
Hallucination 0.5%
Hospitalization 1.1%
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User Comments about Benadryl
17 Apr 2012 Benadryl works for allergies or a mild cold or flu, but never when symptoms are more severe. I use it usually for my allergies and it is currently working well.
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20 Jan 2012 I rarely take Benedryl- but when I do, it works well. It helps a rash go away faster, and is less itchy.
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08 Jan 2012 This medication helps me to sllep while I have a cold, but it is difficult for me to wake up.
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27 Dec 2011 Works pretty well and takes effect quite quickly. Helpful with bug bites. Does make me a little sleepy and shaky.
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25 Nov 2011 Seems to work well though causes immediate drowsiness
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