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can I take allegra and benadryl

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Yes, but why: Allegra (fexofenadine) and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are both antihistamines. Allegra doesn't cross into the brain, so no sedation. Benadryl common ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Feola
30 years experience in Internal Medicine
ANTIHISTAMINES: Both allegra and benadryl (diphenhydramine) are Anti-hitamines, while there is no contraindication , there effects may be additive. Monitor for excess ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
2 antihistamines: At usual doses, there should not be significant side effects from taking these 2 antihistamines together. If a person is needing this much for relief ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cody Mead
Dr. Cody Mead answered
11 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: You will be ok, but I would suggest talking to your doctor if you are needing that much antihistamine to feel good. There may be other medications th ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No: It is not a good idea to take decongestant when you have hypertension. Consider an otc nasal steroid to see if it helps (may take a few days). If not ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Norvell
20 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Yes: You can take them together. If you are sensitive to the sedating effects of antihistamines, you should not take them at the same time. It would be b ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not much: They are both antihistamines and would reduce allergic symptoms. The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) might make him/her a bit sleepy.
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Yes: Both are effective anti-allergic medications. The major difference is that Allegra has much less tendency to cause sleep, while Benadryl (diphenhydra ... Read More
A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Camacho
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): The main risk of taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with the "non"sedating antihistamines in creating some drowsiness. The closer together the increas ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Better not together: One or the other, space them out if you have to take both, but under doctor's supervision
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