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Benadryl And Claritin
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
Probably not: Weigh gain would be an unusual side effect of antihistamines. ...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 more
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 more
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
Nasal congestion w/ clear mucus for weeks now. Took benadryl, (diphenhydramine) claritin&neti pot doesn't work. Is this spring allergies. What should I do now?
Nasal Symptoms: See an ENT specialist... Allergies and infections are both possible. ...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 more
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?
See an allergist: See an allergist who can help you identify what you are allergic to, if it is allergies, and help prescribe a combination of medications that will control your symptoms. ...Read more
Antihistamines: They are both antihistamines, so I wouldn't take them together. They both act similarly, so their effect would be too much together. Wait until one wears off before trying the other, about 24 hours or so. ...Read more
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
See details: I would not avoid taking them in the same day. Choose one or the other. ...Read more
Is it safe to take one diphenhydramine capsule after I've already taken one regular loratadine capsule? Both over-the-counter brands benadryl+claritin
Benadryl/Loratadine: One time use is safe. Beware of some sedation. ...Read more
Is it dangerous to mix Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with claritin-d to relieve my allergy symptoms?
Drug interactions: According to epocrates there is no interaction between the two drugs. ...Read more
Any good over-the-counter medicine for red rashes on the body due to food, besides Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or claritin?
Skin Issues: Why would you think that your rashes are allergic in nature and you need an anti-histamine? Rashes can represent significant illness. I would need more information about the rash you are concerned about, but the best option is to be seen by your physician and to find out what your rash represents. ...Read more
What can I do about my daughter's (4 y/o) constant nose scratching/digging due to allergies? Is it good to give her benadryl/claritin etc everyday?
Preschooler allergy: Your second question first - no it's not good to give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) multiple times a day, which would be needed to control allergies. Claritin is ok with the guidance of pediatrician or allergist. But it sounds like these are not controlling symptoms. There are other medications, both oral, and most appropriately for her condition, nasal steroid mist. Take time to see allergist and work up a plan! ...Read more
I took benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritin right before a skin allergy test and was told I was allergic to 4 things. How did they get the results despite this?
? False positives: That's why you need to have positive and negative controls in every allergy skin test panel, if the positive control doesn't show any reaction, hence any reaction to any extract applied can be just a local irritation not a true IgE mediated reaction resulting from histamine release. You're better off having a repeat test/second opinion before having a definitive diagnosis and possible immunotherapy ...Read more
Can my 8 yr old child who has heart disease take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin at the same time?
Overdoing It: No. Please do not do this. There is so much evidence in medicine that more is not better. One should not mix medications that are similar in nature unless instructed to do so by a doctor. One does not give a child both Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin at the same time. ...Read more
Having post nasal drip, cant sleep at night, I should I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or claritin? When should I take it, day or night? Thanks.
Drip: If you take a Claritin (loratadine) and the drip stops its allergic. Take the pill between 4to 6 pm (before things bloom) for a couple of days. If there's no change and the drip is worse lying down it could be a symptom of silent acid reflux. You then could try an antacid a few hours before bedtime ...Read more
Can allergies give you headaches? I have food allergies, and environmental allergies, I take benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritin and im getting bad headaches a lot.
? Sinus problem: Allergies can cause nose and sinus congestion, which in turn can cause headaches, depends also on which part of your head is it in the back or the front, headache can have several causes and you are already on multiple medications, which can be the side effect of any, you take benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritin, better take only one, but neither will control the congestion, see an allergist for better assessment ...Read more
Inside mu ear is swollen an painful. I also have earwax draining from it. I can't see my dr for a while, will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin help?
Probably not...: It sounds like you have an external ear infection, or otitis externa...It is unlikely that this is just an allergic reaction for which antihistamines would work for. I would see a doctor without delay. In some cases, a local infection near or in the ear can spread rapidly. ...Read more
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
My 3 year old has allergies which I treat with Claritin, but now he has hives on his legs! Can I give him Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin at the same time?
Yes: Those two medications work very differently on allergies, and it is ok short term for a few days to combine the two if you need to. Also make sure he gets plenty to drink as both of these tend to dry up mucous membranes and he may feel very thirsty. ...Read more
I will be getting permanent eyeliner makeup on my eyes. She said to take benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin to prevent tearing & swelling. Can I use Allegra instead?
I have allergies that can swell up my throat, im out of work and wondered what to do if I ever run out of savings and cant buy Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or claritin?
My throat is hurting, how can I tell the difference between an infection and allergies? I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritin, anything I can take to help me out
Infx vs allergy: Symptoms of allergy vs. Infection can overlap and distinction can be difficult. Allergy symptoms will usually readily improve with Benedryl, Zyrtec, Claritin or nasal sprays, but will often relapse when the medication has worn off. Infections are generally associated with more fatigue, achiness, fever and colored nasal discharge of sputum from cough. ...Read more
Can food allergies cause your joints to crack and get swollen, I notice I retain fluids more if im eating stuff more, I do take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritin?
My throat hurts, is it my allergies, we have high pollen here or is it strep or tonsillitis, I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin but my throat still hurts?
If it persists seeDr: Not likely to be allergy causing your sore throat. More likely a mild viral infection (common cold). Some colds are severe with sore throat, nasal and sinus congestion and deep cough. Others are mild and may just cause a mild sore throat. Signs of Strep: high fever, pussy white exudate on tonsils, tender lymph nodes neck and NO cough. If only 2 of these strep unlikely; 4 highly likely ...Read more
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