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Dr. Paul Williams
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Benadryl vs. Claritin. Which one is better?

Dr. Paul Williams
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Benadryl vs. Claritin. Which one is better?

Depends on reason: Both are antihistamines, both are effective for allergies. Benadryl may be more potent and work better in some individuals, but causes much more sleepiness and the effects wear off more quickly than with claritin. ...Read more

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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

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


Dr. David Martin
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Can you take Benadryl and Claritin together ?

Dr. David Martin
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Can you take Benadryl and Claritin together ?

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

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Bryan Levey
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Claritin versus Benadryl for kids?

Dr. Bryan Levey
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Claritin versus Benadryl 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 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 is better. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
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Can you Claritin and Benadryl be taken together?

Dr. Michael P Vaughn
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Can you Claritin and Benadryl be taken together?

Yes: Most antihistamines are dosed at levels much below the toxic levels. Claritin was initially tested in drug studies at 4 times the current recommended dose. These same studies found that 10 mg yielded nearly equvalent effects as 40 mg. Since there is not a dramatic dose effect, increasing to higher levels rarely improves nasal symptoms. Benadryl may have drying effects but sedation limits the dose. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Is Claritin comparable to benadryl?

Dr. John Chiu
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Is Claritin comparable to benadryl?

Both AH: Both act in similar fashion except that Benadryl causes drowsiness and dry mouth in a much higher percentage of people and it works for just a few hours vs claritin's nearly 24 hours duration of action. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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I think something bit me and I need to take a benadryl but I took a claritin around 5 hours ago. Is this safe to do?

Dr. Al Hegab
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I think something bit me and I need to take a benadryl but I took a claritin around 5 hours ago. Is this safe to do?

Yes it is: But be careful if you're driving or using machinery, and don't exceed recommended dosage, that's exceptional though, you don't want to repeat unless recommended by a physician, good luck ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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Can i take Benadryl after taken a claritin?

Dr. William Culviner
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Can i take Benadryl after taken a claritin?

Not recommended: Claritin is a slow release, non-sedating antihistamine. Benadryl is a faster onset sedating antihistamine. Taking both will have additive effects and possible adverse effects such as sedation. It is not recommended that you take both of these without the guidance of your doctor. If the Claritin is not adequate for your symptoms, there are many other medications that can be prescribed to help. ...Read more

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Dr. Anthony Rooklin
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What are some differences between Benadryl and claritin?

Dr. Anthony Rooklin
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What are some differences between Benadryl and claritin?

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 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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Dr. John Chiu
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Can i take Claritin with benadryl?

Dr. John Chiu
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Can i take Claritin with benadryl?

Yes: Antihistamine is safe even with 4x the average daily dose. The major side effects would be dry mouth and drowsiness ( the latter much less common if one uses the non-sedating type). I believe reactine is equivalent to Claritin in the us. Short answer- it is ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Can i take Benadryl after claritin?

Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Can i take Benadryl after claritin?

2 antihistamines: Even though both Benadryl and Claritin are both antihistamines, there should not be significant interaction or side effects if taken at the usual doses. ...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 (Definition)

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


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