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Claritin versus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for kids?

Claritin versus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for kids?

Work differently: Claritin in a non-drowsy antihistamine. It doesn't cause sleepiness, but you need to use it every day for it to work really well. It's lousy for severe allergic reactions because it takes days to be fully effective. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) causes drowsiness and only lasts for six hours, but is great for severe allergic reactions and works very quickly. If you're exposed and need help now, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is better. ...Read more

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Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Claritin for children and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Claritin for children and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Not recommended: Both Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are anti histamines. Claritin is long acting usually used once a day and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is shorter acting. May be used 3-4 times a day. Since they both have action, recommended not to take it same time. ...Read more

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How effective is zyrtec (cetirizine) syrup for toddlers in treating cough?

How effective is zyrtec (cetirizine) syrup for toddlers in treating cough?

Toddler cough : Hello, zyrtec (cetirizine) is an antihistamine that may help with allergic disease. It will also help dry up excessive watery drainage. If your child has a cough linked to an allergic condition or possibly asthma, then zyrtec (cetirizine) may be very helpful. Check with your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Is Zantac (ranitidine) (histamine blocker) used for children for allergies.?

Is Zantac (ranitidine) (histamine blocker) used for children for allergies.?

Add-on for hives: Ranitidine (zantac), although it's a different kind of histamine blocker (h2 for acid vs h1 for allergies), has been shown to have some anti-allergy properties, especially when used with an h1 blocker like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for hives. There was actually one study that showed benefit in nasal allergies, but i don't know anyone that prescribes it for that purpose. ...Read more

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A pediatrician recommended Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for my toddler's cold. is allegra similar? 24lbs

A pediatrician recommended Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for my toddler's cold. is allegra similar? 24lbs

Yes and no: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sedating antihistamine. Allegra is a non-sedating antihistamine. How old is your child? Typically you should not use these meds on children less than 2 yrs old. There are other things you can try such as bed elevation and humidifier at night. ...Read more

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For children's allergies should you combine zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

For children's allergies should you combine zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Pick one: While both zyrtec (cetirizine) and Claritin (loratadine) are approved for treatment of allergies in children, it is rarely necessary to use both at the same time. In my experience, Claritin works for many and zyrtec works for most patients. While there is little harm to combining these, it doesn't add to the effectiveness. ...Read more

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Are non-drowsy antihistamines such as Claritin (loratadine) effective for treating asthma?

Are non-drowsy antihistamines such as Claritin (loratadine) effective for treating asthma?

Not directly: Claritin is useful to reduce the symptoms of allergies, especially post nasal drip. It should be used with other medications. Mid you are having serious allergic symptoms that worsen your asthma, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Are ventolin nebules safe for newborns?

Are ventolin nebules safe for newborns?

No: Do not use ventolin nebs in a newborn unless they have been prescribed by a specialist! ...Read more

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Can you give children Claritin (loratadine) with nurofen?

Can you give children Claritin (loratadine) with nurofen?

Yes: Antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine) may be given along with Ibuprofen if the symptoms warrant. Of course the doses must be determined by the child's weight. ...Read more

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Is an h2 histamine blocker ok for children for allergies.?

Is an h2 histamine blocker ok for children for allergies.?

Doesn't help much: H2 histamine blocking drugs are safe for children with allergies to take, but they are of limited value in treating allergies. ...Read more

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What is the correct dosage for children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy for 19 month toddler 21.5 lbs? Is it ok to use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with alubeterol/prednisone inhalant

What is the correct dosage for children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy for 19 month toddler 21.5 lbs? Is it ok to use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with alubeterol/prednisone inhalant

1 teaspoon or 5cc's: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be used with the Albuterol and Prednisone. The dosage of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for your child's weight would be about 1 teaspoon (5cc) being that the concentration of the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is 12.5mg per each teaspoon. Remember, if your child is having breathing problems, always consult with your Pediatrician. Take care. ...Read more

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Is cetirizine helpful for children with asthma and running nose?

Is cetirizine helpful for children with asthma and running nose?

Antihistamine: Certirzine is an antihistamine and will help the symptoms of allery and runny nose. You must continue your action plan and your asthma meds. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics safe for children?

Are antibiotics safe for children?

Yes: All antibiotics may have side effects including very rare serious ones. However, if used properly the safety of the antibiotic far, far outweighs the danger of the complications the infection may cause.Always check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dose 2ml sulbutamol (ventulin) nebulizer for 2years old child considered as over dose?

Dose 2ml sulbutamol (ventulin) nebulizer   for 2years old child considered as over dose?

Mgt: If you have the 5mg/ml solution, then using 0.5 ml per dose should be fine. This would provide 2.5 mg. If you notice any tremor, reduce the dose to 0.25 ml. A virtual appt is available online. ...Read more

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4 year old with congested cough, can we use claritin (loratadine)?

4 year old with congested cough, can we use claritin (loratadine)?

Treat the cause.: Difficult coughs may be triggered by various causes: lung inflammation, wheezing, sinus drainage, and even reflux. The best way to cope with cough is to treat the actual cause: antibiotics for infxn, inhaled steroids, bronchodilators, or even anti-reflux medications. One or more of these may be needed to quell the cough--even better than traditional cough meds. Claritin (loratadine) is for allergy, not cough. ...Read more

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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more