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Can You Take Claritin And Benadryl
Preferably no: 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. ...Read more
Yes you can: You can take both medications at the same time providing that you follow the recommended otc doses. ...Read more
yes, but: Yes, but why would they? They are both antihistamines and therefore do the same job. ...Read more
Maybe: 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. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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