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A 42-year-old member asked:

With allergy drugs such as astemizole, how about claritin (loratadine)?

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Dr. Suresh Anand
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Claritin (loratadine) vs Hismanal: Astemizole (hismanal) was a popular, non sedating, once a day antihistamine for allergy symptoms like runny, itchy nose, itchy eyes, sneezing etc. In some people, however it caused abnormal heart rhythm . So it was taken off the market. Seldane was another antihistamine with similar side effect. Claritin, (loratadine) Allegra and zyrtec are relatively safe.
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Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Astemizole not sold: Astemizole is off the market as it caused arrythmias (irregular heart beats). Cetirizine is currently the most effective 2nd generation, non-sedating antihistamine available, as effective as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg, 1 tab 3-4x/day. It can be purchased over the counter and 300-365 tabs are available from discount retailers like bj's and costco for under $18.00.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

With allergy drugs such as astemizole can I take claritin (loratadine)?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 58 years experience
Combine astemizole: Generally you don't need to but occasionally you can safely combine them for flareups.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

With allergy drugs such as astemizole or terfenadine, how about taking claritin (loratadine)?

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Dr. Randall Wong
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Depends: Astemizole is not available in the U.S. The other two are now over the counter medications for seasonal allergies. Consult your doc if you think you have seasonal allergies.
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Last updated Apr 5, 2016

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