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Which uis best for hay fever cetirizine hydrochloride or loratadine?

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Dr. Brian Bezack
17 years experience in Pediatric Pulmonology
Both work...: But i tend to prefer Cetirizine because I have had a better personal experience and my patients generally do better with this treatment as well. Of course, if you use Loratadine and it is helping, stick with it.
Answered on Jun 11, 2017
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Dr. Linda Green
Dr. Linda Green commented
44 years experience in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
both work well, but everyone responds differently.
Oct 7, 2013
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Some people have to rotate Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec, and likely Xyzal, every 1-3 months or so because they develop a temporary tolerance. And some,but not all, can cause painful periods. And I do mean painful (take it from one who knows). Obviously, don't take one that has less pleasant effects. This, as with all meds, varies with each person.
Jun 11, 2017

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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Bezack
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Cetirizine: Both are anti- histamines that help with the symptoms of hay fever. However, both my personal & professional experience has been that Cetirizine is mo ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Bezack
17 years experience in 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.
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
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No: These are the same class of medication and probably should note be used together.
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No: Cetirizine is zyrtec and Pseudoephedrine is sudafed. Claritin is most similar to cetirizine; the generic name is loratadine.
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