can i take claritin and benadryl at the same time

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Dr. Lily Hwang answered:

Hello docs. I was wondering can you take claritin and benadryl at the same time?

Preferably no

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Claritin should last approximately 24 hours, Benadryl 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.
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Is it ok for child to take claritin and benadryl at the same time?

yes, but

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Yes, but why would they? They are both antihistamines and therefore do the same job.
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Dr. Lily Hwang answered:

Is it possible for me to take claritin D and benadryl at the same time?

Preferably no

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Claritin D should last approximately 24 hours, Benadryl last about 3-4 hours. For 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.
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Dr. John T. Chiu answered:

Can i take benadryl and claritin at the same time?

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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Can my 8 yr old child who has heart disease take benadryl and claritin at the same time?

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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 and Claritin at the same time.
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Can I take claritin and benadryl together and drink it down with an alka-seltzer?

Maybe

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depending on what you are treating, I would space them out, take Claritin in the morning and Benadryl at night. Benadryl 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
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Dr. John T. Chiu answered:

Can i take claritin with benadryl?

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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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True allergy to benadryl. can i take claritin? are they different enough that it shouldn't give me the instant hives that benadryl does?

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Both Benadryl and Claritin are antihistamines and both are given to treat hives. I would suggest consulting a board certified allergist to review your history of your reaction to Benadryl, I doubt your hives are because of it.
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Dr. Holly Maes answered:

My 3 year old has allergies which I treat with Claritin , but now he has hives on his legs ! Can I give him Benadryl and Claritin at the same time ?

Yes

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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.
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Should my xhild take claritin and benadryl everyday?

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if bad allergies or eczema then maybe
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