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Dr. Ashraf Abdel Azeem
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Claritin (Overview)

Claritin is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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What is claritin/loratadine used for?

What is claritin/loratadine used for?

Allergy: Mainly for the treatment of allergy symptoms such as runny nose, scratchy throat, itchy nose and eyes, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Ashraf Abdel Azeem
537 Doctors shared insights

Claritin (Overview)

Claritin is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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My baby is 22 months old, and I think he ate a Claritin (loratadine) tablet accidently?

My baby is 22 months old, and I think he ate a Claritin (loratadine) tablet accidently?

PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!!: Take this as a warning that a curious little kid or toddler can and will be able to get into almost any packaging. And please take the threat seriously. Contact a local hospital or board of health and go online for more information about tox lines, prevention, first aid. This is not a one-time occurrence but a wake up call to parents! ...Read more

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Can I use Claritin (loratadine) as a substitute for clarinex?

Yes: Clarinex (desloratadine) has only slight differences in chemical structure from the original product of Claritin and in my clinical experience you will not notice any difference in relieving your allergy symptoms.
The generic of claritin, loratadine, is also much less expensive and is available at most drug stores. ...Read more

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How effective is Claritin (loratadine) d to help with allergy asthma?

How effective is Claritin (loratadine) d to help with allergy asthma?

Antihistamines help: Claritin (loratadine) +/- d, zyrtec +/- d, or Allegra +/- d can help with allergy and asthma symptoms caused by allergies to respiratory pollens or other airborne allergens. One should work with his doctor to see which combination of over-the-counter allergy meds and prescription asthma inhalers/pills work the best. A patient will learn over time, what medicines to adjust, depending on how "bad" the air is. ...Read more

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Does Claritin (loratadine) work even if you don't have allergies?

Occasionally: It really depends on the nature and severity of your symptoms. Some people feel better after using Claritin for non-allergic issues, largely because antihistamines like Claritin can dry out the nasal passage. This can reduce a runny nose or mild nasal congestion, even if they're non-allergic in nature. Claritin is fairly weak, however, and other non-drowsy options like Allegra can be more helpful. ...Read more

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What are the differences between loratadine and desloratidine in how well it works or how long it lasts?

What are the differences between loratadine and desloratidine in how well it works or how long it lasts?

Take one, get both: When you take loratidine, your liver breaks it down to desloratine which is actually responsible for the anti-histamine effects you need. Desloratidine has a much longer effect (28 hours) than loratidine (8 hours) which is why loratidine lasts such a long time. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my Claritin (loratadine) to kick in?

How long will it take for my Claritin (loratadine) to kick in?

About 1.5 hours: Onset of relief of symptoms will take about 1.5 hours for claritin (loratadine). This information can also be found at: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/15176489
other studies show that onset could take up to 3 hours. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Claritin (loratadine) d everyday while preg? I'm 30wks and been taking it for 2months nothing else helps. But im so worry bout effects!?! help?

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Discuss with OB: During your pregnancy- you should always ask your OB, before you take any medication-including otc drug. The Pseudoephedrine in the Claritin (loratadine) d is in pregnancy category c meaning in animal studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans. Claritin (loratadine), however, is safe to take- in catergory b. Stop it now until you discuss with your ob. ...Read more

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Can I safely take Claritin (loratadine) 20mg and chlorpheniramine in the same day?

Not a good idea: The above regimen is above the recommended daily dosing for antihistamines, and although your physician may recommend exceeding the daily doses for antihistamines in certain circumstances, I would only do so if advised by an allergist or your physician. ...Read more

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Side effects from claritin (loratadine)?

Feeling tired: Fatigue is the most common side effect followed by abdominal pain, headache and dry mucous membranes.

More rare but serious side effects include allergic reaction/anaphylaxis, bronchospasm or liver toxicity. ...Read more

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For how long does Claritin (loratadine) stay in your system?

One day: Claritin (loratadine) 10 mg pill is dosed once daily. That's because it's effect will last about 24 hours, after that it's antihistamine effect wanes. However, Claritin is metabolized by the liver into another active compound called desloratadine, so the antihistamine effect can last a while. This is why most allergists have patients stop their Claritin a number of days before skin testing them. ...Read more

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Should I take Claritin (loratadine) all my life if I have running nose. If yes does it have side effects? Tell me please.

Chronic rhinitis: Very mild antihistamine. If gives good control no recognized long term problems. If still symptomatic see a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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I have adhd, allergies, and acid reflux. Could taking allergy meds such as singular and Claritin in combination with 40mg Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) stimulate my reflux?

I have adhd, allergies, and acid reflux. Could taking allergy meds such as singular and Claritin in combination with 40mg Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) stimulate my reflux?

Possibly.: Of the three, singular more commonly causes reflux symptoms. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) can cause different GI (stomach) ailments as can the other two. There are certainly other things that can cause reflux too. If it is causing distress, talk with your provider and find a reasonable solution. ...Read more

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Is it bad to mix Claritin (loratadine) and alcohol?

It should be fine 4u: Alcohol increases the chances of you becoming drowsy. If you are one of the few (less than 1% [12/1900]) who develop drowsiness on Claritin then ingestion alcohol will increase that effect. Yes I know the advertisements say that it is non drowsy. In reality it did cause somnolence and fatigue equal to placebo. Unfortunately, I am one of the special few that get drowsy after taking loratadine. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Claritin (loratadine) overdose?

What are the tests for Claritin (loratadine) overdose?

No tests: There are not laboratory tests that check for Claritin (loratadine) overdose. ...Read more

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How much time does it take Claritin (loratadine) to work?

Who knows: Work for what? Claritin supposedly starts working within 90 minutes. But Claritin is also the weakest binding antihistamine sold over the counter. Personally, I feel Claritin is a waste of money. Use a stronger antihistamine like fexofenadine or Cetirizine which cause minimal to no sedation. Use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) only at nighttime because it can make you drowsy. ...Read more

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How many hours after taking Claritin (loratadine) should pass to resume breastfeeding?

How many hours after taking Claritin (loratadine) should pass to resume breastfeeding?

Zero/none: You can take it while you are in the act of feeding, or whenever. So little of it goes across than it is one of the meds you can take without worrying about timing. ...Read more

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I took 20mg of loratadine. Is that ok?

Yes: The recommended daily dose of Loratadine is 10mg, but the risk of harm at 20mg is very low. ...Read more

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Can I take 2 claritin (loratadine)?

See your doctor: If your symptoms are not controlled with a normal dose, you should be evaluated for other causes and treatments. 2nd-generation antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine) are usually very safe, and we sometimes recommend doses higher-than-normal doses for certain conditions. But these conditions are best managed with the help of your doctor--see your doctor before taking more than the recommended dose. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 20 mg loratadine?

Yes, but why?: Studies of loritadine show the medication is well tolerated at twice the recommended 10 mg dose. However, the same studies show no added benefit of the double dose in symptom relief over the regular dose schedule. ...Read more

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What is claritin/loratadine used for?

Allergy: Mainly for the treatment of allergy symptoms such as runny nose, scratchy throat, itchy nose and eyes, etc. ...Read more

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I'm 28 weeks is loratadine ok to take?

I'm 28 weeks is loratadine ok to take?

Yes: Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine) are pregnancy category B medications which means that animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus, but there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. That said, I frequently use these medications with my pregnant patients. Allegra (fexofenadine) is category C so avoid this medication if possible. ...Read more