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Can i take clariten d and Mucinex (guaifenesin) cold and congestion together for the best results?
Yes: I don't think the Claritin will help much but the "d" will shrink the nasal linings and improve airway. Make sure the Mucinex (guaifenesin) doesn't contain decongestant if you are taking Claritin d. Mucinex (guaifenesin) helps to thin secretions but works better when hydrated. Consider nasal saline rinses a few times daily, humidifier, and 3-4 days of afrin. ...Read more
I know there is clariten d and allegra d for allergies, but are there any eye drops and nasal sprays that are equally effective?
Nasal sprays: Topical steroid nasal sprays are available by prescription. They are the most effective treatment for allergies affecting the nose and some have shown improvement in eye symptoms as well. They are safe and 1 product is approved by fda for use down to 2 years old. It's well worth a trip to the doctor. Avoid over the counter nasal sprays; a person can develop dependency and rebound if over used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not if: They are the 12 hour pills, yes if the 24 hour pills. ...Read more
Yes: You can take claritind during daytime and mucinexdm at evening time. ...Read more
Potential issues: If this was Claritin (loratadine) d-12 hour (designed to be taken every 12 hours), there should be minimal side effects. If it was Claritin (loratadine) d24 hour, then the adverse effects of the "d" Pseudoephedrine could lead to insomnia, GI upset, decreased appetite, dry mouth, etc. It's not the Claritin (loratadine) that is the problem, but the decongestant. ...Read more
3-5 days: The average half-life of Claritin (loratadine) is 8 hours meaning that half the dose is gone/metabolized after 8 hours and after 8 more hours another half is gone. Doing the math, the Claritin (loratadine) is effectively out of a person's system in 3-5 days, except in geriatric patients it could possibly take up to 10 days. ...Read more
Nasal steroid spray: The most effective "long term" medications for stuffiness is usually nasal steroid sprays or a combination of nasal antihistamine + steroid in one. Most need a prescription, but recently nasacort (triamcinolone) has fda approval for sale "over the counter" without a prescription. If these are ineffective, see an allergist and get at the root cause of the problem. ...Read more
Expired meds safe: Here is an article from Harvard discussing how safe most expired medications are: http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/drug-expiration-dates-do-they-mean-anything. Basically, research has shown that expired meds in good condition are likely fine to use . The expiration date is the date on which the responsibility for the potency of the drug shifts from the manufacturer to the consumer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: There are two different doses of Claritin (loratadine) d - a twelve hour dose and a twenty four hour dose. Obviously, the 12 hour dose is recommended twice a day, 12 hours apart. If you were to take two 24 hour tablets, you would be getting the equivalent of 16 sudafed tablets. That could cause agitation, insomnia, rapid heart rate, and an elevation in blood pressure. That would not be recommended. ...Read more
Take as directed: It is wise to always take medicine as prescribed or as directed on the information that is on the package it came in. As with any medicine, it is potentially harmful to take more than was recommended . If this has happened, you should seek the help of a healthcare provider as soon as possible. ...Read more