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can i use loratadine and a topical antihistamine cream at same time

A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
13 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Hives treatment: It takes about 1 to 3 hours for Claritin (loratadine) to start working. If you still symptomatic and suffer this much, it is safe to take an extra one ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Antihistamines: Are known to cause severe hunger pains in some individuals, the newer ones as desloratadine or levo cetirizine might not cause this side effect. Howe ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Claritin (loratadine): Hello, the adult dose of Claritin (loratadine) is 10 mg. There is also filler advent added to the tablet but the mg of Loratadine (claritin) is 10.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Antihistamines are well tolerated even when the dose is doubled.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Loratadine can be taken with nasal saline spray, nasal cortisone spray ( Nasonex, (mometasone) Flonase); however, if using a 12 hr. decongestant spray ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: And the treatment should be under medical guidance, dosage of steroids need to be dictated by your treating physician.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: They don't interact with each other.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Finkelstein
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: no problem
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: but a Rx nasal antihistamine + flonase will likely work much better.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Many allergy medications already combine an antihistamine with a decongestant. These include Claritin (loratadine) d, Allegra d, zyrtec d, etc. The ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Yes, you can: There is no drug interactions and it is a good OTC combo to treat seasonal and year-round allergy symptoms and common cold, flu, allergies and breathi ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Loury
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: These drugs are compatible. If using topical nasal decongestant follow directions on bottle as prolonged use can create problems. Oral decongestants ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Michel
45 years experience Family Medicine
Varies: A rash can only be treated if there is some basic diagnosis. The treatment of such is based on a dx or most likely cause. Different rashes clear in di ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes but: Eye drops containing an antihistamine will work faster and be more effective.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Yes: This is a common combination.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: That should not cause a problem.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pradeep Parihar
30 years experience Family Medicine
Cold : No
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Sure: Anything for dry skin may be helpful. I prefer ceramide- containing creams.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Your pharmacist: Should be able to tell you if they interact with each other.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
34 years experience Family Medicine
Mixing meds: There should be no issues taking Atarax (hydroxyzine) along with Loratidine (Claritin) and fluticasone (nasonex). The Loratidine is a non sedating ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: No expected benefit of combining Zyrtec and Claritin (there are situations that call for high dose antihistamine use, but generally with one or the ot ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
WHY????: In makes no sense because they both do exactly the same thing. Yes, you can. But no reason to use both. Depending on the forms and strengths, adapalen ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience 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
A female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Better not: Unless you have severe allergic reaction, and only once, otherwise it is not advisable, if you have uncontrollable allergies, better see an allergist, ... Read More

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