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Can you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin together?

Can you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 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

Dr. John Chiu
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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

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Is it safe to take loratadine and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Is it safe to take loratadine and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Depends: They are both in the same family (antihistamines), but a few people have daytime symptoms so take non-sedating med (like loratadine) and its effect wears off before next day's dose, so take a sedating (/older) antihistamine (like benadryl) at bedtime for continued relief and to aid with sleep. If no heart / urinary / blood pressure issues and no other meds to conflict with, not likely a problem. ...Read more

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Can I take Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together and drink it down with an alka-seltzer?

Can I take Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together and drink it down with an alka-seltzer?

Maybe: Depending on what you are treating, I would space them out, take Claritin in the morning and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is sedating though, so be careful driving or operating machines. Not sure what you are treating though. I can see that with urticaria but for nasal allergies, I would use a nasal spray instead of a second antihistamine. Alka seltzer will only help pain because it has aspirin. ...Read more

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Can I take Zyrtec and Claritin together? Or can I take Zyrtec and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to boost the Zyrtec? Will taking Mucinex DM along with Zyrtec help?

Can I take Zyrtec and Claritin together? Or can I take Zyrtec and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to boost the Zyrtec? Will taking Mucinex DM along with Zyrtec help?

See your doctor: If your allergies are not controlled with one med alone, stepping up to a different med like flonase, nasonex, etc., will likely help you more than taking two antihistamines. Zyrtec and Claritin will not help much at all if you have a cold and not allergies, though Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can dry up secretions somewhat. You can add Mucinex if you also have a cough. Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can I take diphenhydramine and loratadine together?

Can I take diphenhydramine and loratadine together?

Yes: Taking Loratadine in the morning and Diphenhydramine at night will help you avoid the drowsiness side effects of Diphenhydramine and help you if the Loratadine is not controlling your symptoms for the full 24 hours. ...Read more

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Can I take loratadine and diphenhydramine together?

Can I take loratadine and diphenhydramine together?

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 (loratadine) in the us. Short answer- it is ok. ...Read more

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Can I take Claritin with benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Can I take Claritin with benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

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 (loratadine) in the us. Short answer- it is ok. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after claritin?

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after claritin?

2 antihistamines: Even though both Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 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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Cani take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with loratadine?

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

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Can you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with claritin?

Yes: There is no interaction. Since Claritin (loratadine) does not cause drowsiness side effects should not be a problem. However, if Claritin (loratadine) is not solving the problem, alternatives such as Allegra or zyrtec should be considered. ...Read more

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Take Claritin with benadryl, (diphenhydramine) is this okay?

Take Claritin with benadryl, (diphenhydramine) is this okay?

Not really: These are both antihistamines. If both are needed then physician guidance should be sought. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after taken a claritin?

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after taken a claritin?

Not recommended: Claritin is a slow release, non-sedating antihistamine. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 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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Can you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) while taking claritin?

Can you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) while taking claritin?

Yes: 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 (hives or nasal allergies), alternatives such as Allegra or zyrtec should be considered. ...Read more

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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin be taken together?

Yes: There is no interaction. Since Claritin (loratadine) does not cause drowsiness side effects should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Took Claritin can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) the same day?

Claritin (loratadine) and Benadry: Hello. You can take both. Dedications at the recommended doses on the same day. ...Read more

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Can you Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) be taken together?

Can you Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 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 (diphenhydramine) may have drying effects but sedation limits the dose. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin at the same time?

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin at the same time?

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 (loratadine) in the us. Short answer- it is ok. ...Read more

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Took Claritin this morning. Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tonight?

Should be OK!: Good afternoon,
adding one Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for symptom relief in addition to Claritin is acceptable. These drugs act through different mechanisms and should not cause any additive side effects. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sedating antihistamine, which should come handy to fall asleep at night and have a good night's sleep and be ready for action the next day! Good luck. ...Read more

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After how many hours of taking claritin, can I take benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

After how many hours of taking claritin, can I take benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

No wait necessary: While both are antihistamines, only Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will make you drowsy. So as a "one-time" dose, there should not be any significant problems. ...Read more

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If my child takes Claritin can he also have a dose of benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Depends: Depends on age and probably ok if one dose in am and other in pm, or if having severe allergic reaction then can follow if appropriate dose for age. ...Read more

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Is it ok for child to take Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time?

Is it ok for child to take Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time?

Yes, but: Yes, but why would they? They are both antihistamines and therefore do the same job. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if I took two 10mg loratadine tablets a few hours ago?

Yes: The two are compatible in the short term. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is potentially sedating, so caution is advised. By the way, studies show the regular adult dose of loritadine is 10 mg and 20 mg is not found to be any more effective. ...Read more

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

I think something bit me and I need to take a benadryl (diphenhydramine) 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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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if I already took loratadine?

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if I already took loratadine?

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 (loratadine) in the us. Short answer- it is ok. ...Read more

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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

Benadryl (Definition)

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Dr. Ashraf Abdel Azeem
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Claritin (Definition)

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