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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

Dr. John Chiu
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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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I take flonase and allergra for seasonal allergies, and that usually controls it. Today it is not. Can I take allegra, claritin, or benadryl?

I take flonase and allergra for seasonal allergies, and that usually controls it. Today it is not. Can I take allegra, claritin, or benadryl?

Allergy treatment: If taking Allegra already you should not double up on a long acting antihistamine (Allegra, Claritin, Zyrtec). This can cause heart issues. Intra-nasal steroids (Flonase) should be used routinely. Adding Allegra is fine on an-needed basis. Adding short acting (Benadryl) is ok but indicates need for better preventive care (environmental controls, more consistent Flonase use, allergy shots). ...Read more

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Can i take zyrtec and Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ?

Can i take zyrtec and Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ?

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 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 possible for me to take Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on the same day?

Is it possible for me to take Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on the same day?

Yes you can: You can take both medications at the same time providing that you follow the recommended otc doses. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can you take Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time?

Preferably no: Claritin should last approximately 24 hours, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) last about 3-4 hours. For usually treatment of allergic rhinitis or general allergy control most people do not need to take both at the same time. There are some circumstances where both may be taken on the same day but you should be followed and directed by an allergist if you are using so much antihistamines to control your symptoms. ...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?

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?

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?

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 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

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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 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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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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