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can you take claritin and benadryl at the same time

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lily Hwang
17 years experience 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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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
50 years experience 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 41-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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lily Hwang
17 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Preferably no: Claritin d should last approximately 24 hours, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) last about 3-4 hours. For treatment of allergic rhinitis or general allergy ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Should be fine: The medicatios are helpful in some and do not interfere with each other if used at the same time.I would make sure the kids stomach settles between me ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ramirez
17 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Yes you can. Beware of the side effects like drowsiness from benadryl (diphenhydramine).
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: But Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is generally a better antihistamine than Loratadine except that it can cause drowsiness.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Why should you?: Loratadine (Alavert, Claritin) is a mainly non-sedating antihistamine. Diphenhydramine is very sedating and affects the brain if if you don't feel sed ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
13 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes you can: You can take both medications at the same time providing that you follow the recommended otc doses.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Claritin (loratadine) and Benadry: Hello. You can take both. Dedications at the recommended doses on the same day.

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