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Is it safe to take children's benedryl and Claritin (loratadine) together for an allergic reaction?

Is it safe to take children's benedryl and Claritin (loratadine) together for an allergic reaction?

Yes.: Sometimes you need a little more medication. I usually have my patients stick with the same antihistamine rather than take two different ones. I also prefer fexofenadine (allegra) & loratidine (claritin) to the others because they don't cause sedation or slow reaction time & because they last for 12-24 hours. Also I always recommend the generics over brand name. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Hello I am having a mild allergic reaction to some cake I was wondering if taking one 10 mg tablet of loratadine would be ok. I already took one about 3 hours ago for 24 hour relief of sinus allergies but I was wondering if taking another one right now wo

Hello I am having a mild allergic reaction to some cake I was wondering if taking one 10 mg tablet of loratadine would be ok. I already took one about 3 hours ago for 24 hour relief of sinus allergies but I was wondering if taking another one right now wo

Not the best option: If true food allergy (antibody mediated), then second generation antihistamines (Loratadine, Zyrtec, Allegra) are of little benefit. Itching/hives from foods occur rapidly (usually within 30minutes and certainly within 2 hours) and disappear rapidly. First generation meds like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) work much more quickly. If other symptoms (breathing, dizziness, nausea), injected epi is critical. (see comment) ...Read more

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I'm having an allergic reaction to hair color. My scalp is very itchy. Should Claritin help? And can I take two 10 milligram tablets?

Unlikely: That claritin would help in this condition, you can try it, but don't exceed recommended dosage, only one tablet of 10 mg You need to see your doctor or a dermatologist, as you may need Rx medications, meanwhile, hydrocortisone cream 1℅ OTC can be applied to the affected areas 2-3 times / day. In the future you want to read the labels carefully and try a small area first, best wishes ...Read more

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I had an allergic reaction to makeup. My eyes are red swollen and itchy. I have both benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritin, which would be better to take?

I had an allergic reaction to makeup. My eyes are red swollen and itchy. I have both benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritin, which would be better to take?

Contact dermatitis: Sounds like you are suffering from allergic contact dermatitis from makeup product. OTC antihistamines can help with itch but the best treatment for contact dermatitis is topical corticosteroid creams. Talk with your doctor and consider scheduling patch testing with an allergist to determine your sensitivities so you can avoid this reaction in the future. ...Read more

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My Dr. Recom. Claritin (loratadine) D for my bad allergies and sinusitis. I think it's not helping and I'm not reacting well to it. Ok to stop? Start zyrtec again?

My Dr. Recom. Claritin (loratadine) D for my bad allergies and sinusitis. I think it's not helping and I'm not reacting well to it. Ok to stop? Start zyrtec again?

Whatever works better: Some people respond differently to different medications, although in your case I recommend that you would see an allergist for evaluation, check out aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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I have food allergies and if I take benadryl and claritin every day I find I can eat what I want without reacting, is this normal and do others do tha?

I have food allergies and if I take benadryl and claritin every day I find I can eat what I want without reacting, is this normal and do others do tha?

Better avoid: Any food (s) that induce symptoms, but you need to define the symptoms, are they itching, rash, hives, shortness of breath that occur within minutes, or maximum hours after ingestion, or otherwise, so you need to keep a food diary. Simply taking an antihistamine and eating what you want may mask the initial warning symptoms. If in doubt, see an allergist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org 4 an allergist ...Read more

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Have taken allegra, claritin, (loratadine) and zyrtec to help with my allergies this season. None of them have relieved my symptoms. Any other OTC for relief?

Have taken allegra, claritin, (loratadine) and zyrtec to help with my allergies this season. None of them have relieved my symptoms. Any other OTC for relief?

Nasalcrom (cromolyn): Over the counter options include Nasalcrom nasal spray. Some people find neil med sinus rinses are helpful as well. Others find that Allegra d or zyrtec d pills can help. If these do not help see your doctor to get some prescription nose sprays ...Read more

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My 4 year old has many symptoms of allergies, but blood test come back normal. She is miserable and can't sleep. Claritin (loratadine) doesn't help. What next?

My 4 year old has many symptoms of allergies, but blood test come back normal. She is miserable and can't sleep. Claritin (loratadine) doesn't help. What next?

Environmental: One of the most common aggravating factors leading to drainage in young kids is their inhaled exposures. Dust, fragrance, hair spray, plug ins, scented soaps, etc. Anything you can smell can make them drain. I'd start with their sleeping area. They spend more time there & it is more controllable. Particle filters help. Consider the house next if there is no improvement. ...Read more

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Is clairitin a safe drug to take? I've taken it numerous times before I have med anxiety (obv) is there any chance of a allergic reaction 2 the drug?

Is clairitin a safe drug to take? I've taken it numerous times before I have med anxiety (obv) is there any chance of a allergic reaction 2 the drug?

Claritin (loratadine) allergy?: Always discuss all of your medications with your doctor, including over the counter medications. That said, it sounds like you've taken this med before, with no untoward reaction, so risk of developing one now is less likely. Of course, there is always possibility that one will have an allergy or untoward reaction to a medication. Talk with ur doc abt ur meds & anxiety. Anxiety tx may help. ...Read more

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Can I take loratadine and neozep together for allergies?

Mixing medications: Since neozep contains chlorpheniramine, it does not make sense to take it with loratidine since both medications are antihistamines. Loratidine is probably better since it has a longer duration of action and is less sedating. The neozep also has a decongestant and analgesic, but you could take these separately with loratidine if needed (for example, taking sudafed and tylenol). ...Read more

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How does Claritin (loratadine) help my allergies?

Blocking histamine: Claritin (loratadine) is one of a group of drugs called antihistamines. These block the natural chemical histamine from binding to its receptors which then trigger your body into having an allergic reaction. So, basically, you have histamine in your system which increases when you are exposed to something you are allergic to. Claritin (loratadine) and others block that histamine from hurting you. ...Read more

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Bad cedar allergies, tried claritin (loratadine)?

Bad cedar allergies, tried claritin (loratadine)?

Cedar: Cedar is a late fall, winter and early spring problem in many states. If meds are ineffective orally, I would try a mix of intranasal anithistamines and steroids. Oral or injectables should be saved for emergencies. Remember allergy is genetic and only immunotherapy can rebuild your system. I found that allergy shots help my patients. ...Read more

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Does Claritin (loratadine) work for cat allergies?

Yes: Claritin (loratadine) is an antihistamine and is helpful for symptoms of rhinitis caused by an allergen. So if one is allergic to cats Claritin (loratadine) may be helpful depending upon the symptoms one has. ...Read more

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How often should I take Claritin (loratadine) for my allergies?

How often should I take Claritin (loratadine) for my allergies?

Depends: Claritin (loratadine) 10 mg is dosed once a day. To get the best results, it should be taken before the allergy season begins and before a known allergen exposure (such as going to a home with a cat if you are cat allergic). Claritin also comes in a combination with a decongestant (pseudoephedrine), called Claritin d24 (taken once a day) and Claritin d12 (taken twice a day about 12 hours apart). ...Read more

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Does Claritin (loratadine) work even if you don't have allergies?

Occasionally: It really depends on the nature and severity of your symptoms. Some people feel better after using Claritin for non-allergic issues, largely because antihistamines like Claritin can dry out the nasal passage. This can reduce a runny nose or mild nasal congestion, even if they're non-allergic in nature. Claritin is fairly weak, however, and other non-drowsy options like Allegra can be more helpful. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take loratadine long term, everyday, for allergies?

Is it safe to take loratadine long term, everyday, for allergies?

Prob ok: Antihistamines have been around for decades, and certainly many more potent than loratadine. They say worldwide the most common drug taken is diphenhydramine, mostly for the sedative properties (as a sleep aid). Antihistamines can affect certain types of glaucoma, and accentuate urine retention in those with prostate issues and dry mucous membranes, but usually not so much with loratadine per say. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 2 loratadine 10mg tablets per day for allergies?

Is it safe to take 2 loratadine 10mg tablets per day for allergies?

Why do you ask?: The advantage of loratadine (and similar antihistamines) is that in recommended doses it doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier and thus are unlikely to cause central nervous system side effects; e.g. usually they don't make you drowsy. This is NOT necessarily true at higher doses, particularly in seniors. Why do you need more? Loratadine is weak. Might try an alternative. ...Read more

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I have allergies. I took Claritin (loratadine) & forgot & took a 2nd one! Am I ok?

Likely to be ok: The new second generation antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine) are very safe for the most part. There are many potential side effects, but commonly you can get drowsiness, confusion, and dry eyes and mouth with increasing doses. To give you some perspective though, most of my chronic urticaria patients take at least that much Claritin (loratadine) a day, and they do fine in terms of side effects. ...Read more

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My allergies are really bad today. I took 1 Claritin this morning. Can I take another now?

My allergies are really bad today. I took 1 Claritin this morning. Can I take another now?

Risk of overdose: Overdose symptoms may include feeling restless or nervous, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, warmth or tingly feeling, or seizure (convulsions). Read more at: http://www. Rxlist. Com/claritin-d-drug/patient-avoid-while-taking. Htm ...Read more

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Can I take Calritin (Loratadine tablets) every day to fix allergies? Is there a physical dependency risk?

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Can I take Calritin (Loratadine tablets) every day to fix allergies? Is there a physical dependency risk?

No dependency: But if you do need it every day for a long-term better get evaluated by your doctor who might refer you to an allergist ...Read more

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Can I give my 7 y.O. Half a tablet of Claritin (loratadine) in the morning and half at night? We just got a dog, and by evening the allergies are back.

Yes: A 7 y/o can take 10 mg of claritin, (loratadine) but it is best not to break the tablet unless it is scored because meds are not always evenly distributed in the unscored tablet. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Claritin (loratadine) for allergies?

Claritin (loratadine) side effect: Claritin (loratadine) can cause many side-effects. Most commonly, it can cause sedation; even though it is called "non-sedating" by the manufacturer. If you take any medication and note an adverse effect each time, you should assume a causse and effect relationship. ...Read more

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Which is better for allergies zyrtec or claritin (loratadine)?

Zyrtec (cetirizine): Zyrtec (cetirizine) has more anti-allergy or anti-inflamatory effects than clariten (loratidine) and is often better for most allergic symptoms. It does cause drowsiness in some patients. Antihistamines work best when taken at bedtime if you are taking them on a daily basis - as in a pollen allergy or allergy to a pet that lives in your house. ...Read more

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Could loratadine treat indoor allergies, or only outdoor allergies?

Both: Loratadine (brand name claritin) is fda approved for seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and hives. However, it is also effective for treating allergies caused by indoor allergens such as animal dander and dust. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more


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Claritin (Definition)

Claritin is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more