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Can You Take Claritin And Mucinex Together
Can i take Claritin and Mucinex together while pregnant? Hello, I am 5 months pregnant and i took Claritin and Mucinex together. I took Claritin at 9:00pm and Mucinex at 12:30am. I really need to know if i hurt my baby? I am scared and don't know if i h
I : I can understand your fear, however the best thing for you and your baby is for you to relax and move on from here. The likelihood that any damage was done to your baby is very slim. Claritin is considered a pregnancy category b drug; this means that animal studies have not shown any risk to a fetus, therefore doctors consider drugs in this category to be considered safe and prescribe them all the time. Mucinex is considered a class c drug which means that animal studies have shown adverse effect on the fetus, however these are usually an issue when a large amount of the drug is used or the drug is used over an extended period of time. Regardless, many doctors prescribe drugs in this category because the benefits from use outweigh any potential risk to the fetus. Also keep in mind that these studies are usually in fetus that are very early (first trimester). At 5 months all your baby's major organs are developed and should not be affected by a class c drug. Lastly, i used category c drugs while pregnant as well as given them to my patients, and I have not seen one bad outcome from it. Your baby will be just fine. If you ever want to know which medications you can take don't hesitate to contact your doctor. Best of luck with your pregnancy. ...Read more
Mucinex is the brand name for the generic drug guaifenesin. It is used as an expectorant agent (used to cut the thickness/viscosity of mucus secretions created by the sinuses, pharynx, larynx, trachea and bronchi by actually increasing the amount of respiratory tract fluid). It is a very safe over-the-counter medication with ...Read more
Yes: Claritin d combines an antihistamine (loratadine) with a decongestant (pseudo-ephedrine). Mucinex (guaifenesin) is an expectorant. These are safe to take together. Would make sure that mucinex product is plain mucinex and not mucinex-d (which also contains pseudo-ephedrine) before taking these together. ...Read more
Can I take Zyrtec and Claritin together? Or can I take Zyrtec and Benadryl 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 can dry up secretions somewhat. You can add mucinex if you also have a cough. Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more
Can my 4-year-old take Claritin and mucinex? I think she has allergies and the Claritin is not helping her runny nose and she is miserable.
Yes : Claritin is an antihistamine medication which decreases allergy symptoms (watery itchy eyes, runny nose, itching etc). Mucinex is a mucolytic, breaks down mucus so it is not so thick and easier to drain. When taking mucinex please drink an 8oz glass of water each time to avoid dehydration and allowing mucinex to do its job properly. ...Read more
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