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does claritin do the same job as benadryl

A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Essentially: They are both antihistamines, which help with the sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. They are different in some ways however. Benadryl (diphenhydr ... Read More
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
Similar, yes: They are both antihistamine, but Claritin is classified as nondrowsy. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) seems more effective in controlling allergies symptom ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No and yes: They are both antihistamines but Benadryl (diphenhydramine) often causes drowsiness but is more effective in drying up the nose. It also has a shorter ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lily Hwang
18 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lily Hwang
18 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
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Kanter
21 years experience Geriatrics
No: They are both antihistamines so they exert similar physiologic effects the but different chemicals.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
29 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.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
51 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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
14 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 female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: I usually pick one or the other, but claritin as a good safety profile and few side effects. It does not aggravate the sedation common to benedryl so ... Read More
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