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is it safe to take claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec the same day?

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Allergy meds: Hello. Allergy medication like zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) help with the symptoms of allergy. The dose for an adult is 10 mg for Claritin (loratadine) and 10 mg for zyrtec. If you take both on the same day, an increase in dryness as well as sedation will likely occur. There are other medications to help with your allergies. Instead of taking these two medications, see your doctor for other options.
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
The limiting factor with antihistamines is whether or not they make you sedated. There is very little dryness with second generation antihistamines that you took. These are for the most part non sedating (incidence with Zyrtec about 10%) and most patients can double up with little problem. The real question is whether your symptoms are better on the higher dose.
Oct 3, 2013

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