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can you take zyrtec and claritin together

A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
NO: they are both antihistamines and would not be useful or safe taken together! Hope this helps Dr z
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See below: That would not be advised. Again, treating allergies adequately, depends upon the symptoms you are having. For congestion, you need a decongestant, su ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Shulan
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Usually yes, but why: Taking the two together though usually does not offer much in the way of additional benefit for nasal allergies.
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes.: Dr. Shulan is right about the combination of loratidine and ceterizine for nasal symptoms. Adding a second antihistamine of the same class provides li ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not effective: Taking both together is not likely to add any significant improvement in symptoms. The question is cut off, but I'm guessing you are well controlled ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lily Hwang
17 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Both antihistamines: Both Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec are antihistamines. Each should last 24 hours for control of allergic rhinitis symptoms. However, some patients ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
yes but: You should not take them unless you checked with a doctor and it all depends what you are trying to treat. They work the same, so adding one may not g ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Bezack
17 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
You shouldn't: Both medications are in the same class called non-sedating antihistamines and are effective for 24 hours. They should not be taken at the same time.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Both are antihistamines and should not be used together.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Vegh
37 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No problem: At higher doses, for allergic rhinitis, you don't get much better effects. For chronic hives, higher doses of antihistamines can sometimes give better ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Lori Lange
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not the Standard: Hi, Not really Zyrtec tablets and Claritin are usually once a day meds. They are 2 different antihistamines. Claritin does come in a 12 hour form. S ... Read More

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