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can i take claritin and benadryl together

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Maybe: Depending on what you are treating, i would space them out, take Claritin in the morning and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. Benadryl (diphenhydr ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Best not to......: They are both antihistamines, one sedating and one non-sedating, best not to and should be no need to take two antihistamines together at the same tim ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience in Cardiology
I do: I do it all the time. It can make your mouth dry but that's about it.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
12 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
See your doctor: If your allergies are not controlled with one med alone, stepping up to a different med like flonase, nasonex, etc., will likely help you more than ta ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mandakini Patel
40 years experience in Pediatrics
Benadryl/Claritin : If you have really bad allergies yes you can take them together. But you should see an allergy doc if you need to do this frequently.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Antihistamine is safe even with 4x the average daily dose. The major side effects would be dry mouth and drowsiness ( the latter much less common if ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hylton Lightman
43 years experience in Pediatrics
Need reason: If bad allergies or eczema then maybe.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
50 years experience in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
yes, but: Yes, but why would they? They are both antihistamines and therefore do the same job.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
13 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Yes you can: You can take both medications at the same time providing that you follow the recommended otc doses.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lily Hwang
17 years experience in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Preferably no: Claritin should last approximately 24 hours, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) last about 3-4 hours. For usually treatment of allergic rhinitis or general al ... Read More

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