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loratadine and Cetirizine

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: These are the same class of medication and probably should note be used together.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not really: Both are antihistamines that work well. There may some subtle differences between the two but in general either one is a good choice.
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Dr. Samuel Gubernick
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Ceterizine is "partially sedating" wheras Loratadine is non-sedating.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Overholt
25 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Cetirizine FTW: Most allergists would recommend cetirizine. It is more effective at controlling symptoms than loratidine. Cetirizine does make 10-15% of people slee ... Read More
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A 45-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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michele Richards
23 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Sedation: Both Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) and zyrtec have sedation as side effect.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Depends: While many people prefer Loratadine and it works just fine, others find more relief with cetirizine. It is difficulty to know who will respond better ... 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

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