A 45-year-old member asked:
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Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin the same?

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in 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 duration of action than claritin.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014

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Yes: Both are antihistamines. They exert similar physiologic effects.
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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

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