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Benadryl And Claritin
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't take together: All 3 drugs mentioned are antihistamines available w/o prescription. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is most potent but also most laden w/anticholinergic side effects, eg sedation, dry eyes/mouth, constipation, urinary retention etc. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is more sedating than Claritin (loratadine). Both have less potential side effects than Benadryl but you need to find best for you. Don't take together. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Both are antihistamines and combining them will no provide any greater benefit. ...Read more
Probably yes.: Many people report their 'daily' non-sedating antihistamine in the am does not provide relief until next am. So, if no concerns for gu/heart/bp/med-conflict issues, then they often take a 'sedating' antihistamine at night for continued symptom relief and 'bonus' of sleep aid effect. ...Read more
Yes, but why: Allegra (fexofenadine) and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are both antihistamines. Allegra doesn't cross into the brain, so no sedation. Benadryl commonly causes sedation. Typically there is no advantage to taking the 2 together, but also there is no harm at usual doses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You can take them together. If you are sensitive to the sedating effects of antihistamines, you should not take them at the same time. It would be better to take Allegra in the morning or afternoon and then Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in the evening before bed. However, if you don't feel sleepy after taking antihistamines, it would not be harmful to take them together. ...Read more
2 antihistamines: At usual doses, there should not be significant side effects from taking these 2 antihistamines together. If a person is needing this much for relief, consider seeing an allergist for an evaluation. ...Read more
Antihistamine differ: They are not. Both are over the counter antihistamines. The similarity ends there. Allegra d contains Pseudoephedrine as a decongestant and fexofenadine as an antihistamine. Fexofenadine is non-drowsy. Benadryl is also an antihistamine called diphenhydramine. It is also the active ingredient in most otc sleeping pills and can be very sedating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Similar medicines: All of these medicines are antihistamines. Taking combinations of antihistamines increases the possibility of side effects. If antihistamines are not working at recommended doses see a doctor. You may need a different type of treatment for your problem. ...Read more
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
I have had hives for 3 months. Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) claritin, atarax, zyrtec, chlor-trimeton made things worse. Zantac did not help. What should I do?
Troublesome problem: Chronic hives are difficult. Your list of medicines is typical and some find that tagomet can provide some relief but you may be better served by seeing an allergist & having some testing done. If you can identify a food or other trigger that you could avoid you might have better luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why am i retaining water so much if i don't have kidney or heart issues that i know of? I do take celebrex, silvastatin, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) claritin, which is causi
Celebrex (celecoxib): Although less likely than other nsaids in causing sodium retention, Celebrex (celecoxib) is capable of it. Are you consuming a lot of sodium in your diet? If so reducing the intake may help. Some people just tend to retain water for no apparent reason. I hope you are not eating a lot of licorice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me for severe allergies like sneezing, what is more effective, allegra, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) claritin, or zyrtec?
Similar, but...: Allegra, Zyrtec and Claritan are all very similar meds and there isn't really one that is better, although one may work better in a certain patient. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works very differently but has many more side effects than the others, including sedation and need for repeated dosing of the medicine daily. If you feel allergies are ""severe", you need to visit an allergist for more preventative care. ...Read more
I am allergic to shellfish. I just took keflex. I took singulair, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) claritin, Pepcid ac, my ventoltor, I am about to use my epipen.?
Go ahead.: When having a severe allergic reaction Epinephrine is the only medication that can help you immediately with oll your symptoms. Asthma rescue inhalers will only help with your lung symptoms if it gets there. Any swelling in the throat will prevent it from getting there. . H-1(benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritin) and h-2(pepcid) antihistamines and singulair will take up to1hour to work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What allergy medication is safe to take if have a history of kidney stones? Allegra, Zyrtec, Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Claritin?
15 yr old w skin rash and incessant asthmatic cough. Can he take Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Claritin, or Pepcid AC to clear rash and NyQuil to calm cough?
Every day I have watery eyes, itchy skin, sneezing constantly due to allergies. I've tried Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Claritin, nasal spray fluticasone, and Zyrtec?
Side-effect profile: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is one of the first generation anti-histamines which cross the blood-brain barrier and therefore causes sedation. It also has a significant drying effect in many patients. Claritin (loratadine) is a second generation and does not cross into the brain and therefore is considered non-sedating. It is usually less drying as well. ...Read more
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