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Benadryl vs. Claritin. Which one is better?

Depends on reason

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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.
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Dr. Stuart Kanter answered:

Is claritin like benadryl?

Yes

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Both are antihistamines. They exert similar physiologic effects.
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Dr. Stuart Kanter answered:

Is benadryl the same as claritin?

No

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They are both antihistamines so they exert similar physiologic effects the but different chemicals.
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Dr. John T. Chiu answered:

Can i take claritin with benadryl?

Yes

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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.
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Dr. Bryan H. Levey answered:

Claritin versus benadryl for kids?

Work differently

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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
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Dr. John T. Chiu answered:

Is benadryl and claritin the same?

No and yes

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They are both antihistamines but Benadryl often causes drowsiness but is more effective in drying up the nose. It also has a shorter duration of action than Claritin.
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Can I take benadryl after claritin?

2 antihistamines

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Even though both Benadryl and Claritin are both antihistamines, there should not be significant interaction or side effects if taken at the usual doses.
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Dr. John T. Chiu answered:

Is claritin comparable to benadryl?

Both AH

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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.
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Can benadryl be taken with claritin?

Zyrtec and Benadryl

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Hello. These two antihistamines taken together will probably cause sedation. As physicians, we often times double up on antihistamines in challenging cases but I usually use non-sedating antihistamines when I do this. There are other medications that may work better than this combination. Check with your doctor for other options.
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Dr. James A. Fox answered:

Can you take benadryl with claritin?

Yes

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There is no interaction. Since Claritin does not cause drowsiness side effects should not be a problem. However, if Claritin is not solving the problem, alternatives such as Allegra or Zyrtec should be considered.
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