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

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Dr. Suresh Anand
Allergy and Immunology 26 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.
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 49 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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How can I know if my baby has food allergies?

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How can we identify food allergies that our baby might have?

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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
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Combine astemizole: Generally you don't need to but occasionally you can safely combine them for flareups.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What to do for allergic reaction to antibiotic ? Finished course. Just wait.

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Dr. Kamel Sadek
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Antihistamine: A short course of antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help. It is advisable to have your doctor classify the allergic reaction and document in your medical record the type of antibiotic which caused the reaction. Please, always follow directions listed on over the counter meds and better yet double check with a pharmacist.

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