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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can my 8 year old take claritin (loratadine) and ibuprofen together? not sure if her runny nose is due to allergies, but she has a fever.

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: The answer is yes...Antihistamines (claritin, zyrtec, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) etc) and anti-fever (motrin, tylenol) can be taken together. If your child has a fever, it is not likely to be from allergies, however te antihistamines can still be used for sympom relief for upper respiratory symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, etc). If fevers are persistently >100.4, or for any concerns, ask your doctor.
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Not allergy: A young child doesn't get a fever from an allergic reaction. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or a non steroidal antiinflammatory can help to reduce fever. Antihistamines work well for allergic conditions but not colds or viruses.
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Last updated Aug 19, 2018

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