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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).


Dr. Michael Hambrick
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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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Claritin (Overview)

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


Dr. Pam Yoder
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My baby is 22 months old, and I think he ate a Claritin tablet accidently?

My baby is 22 months old, and I think he ate a Claritin 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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Dr. Robert Grindstaff
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I take prescribed Claritin with psudophedrine in it will it show positive on a drug test it has 120mg per pill I take twice daily ?

I take prescribed Claritin with psudophedrine in it will it show positive on a drug test it has 120mg per pill I take twice daily ?

Yes: The pseudophed may show up as amphetamine but if sent for a GC/LC MS confirmation it will show that it is pseudophed not other amphetamines ...Read more

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Dr. John Klimas
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Can I use Claritin as a substitute for clarinex?

Can I use Claritin as a substitute for clarinex?

Yes: Clarinex 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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Dr. Diane Minich
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I still get a stuffy nose , I have used flonase, sudafed, claritin, saline spray, I have been off afrin for over a month now, what else can I do?

I still get a stuffy nose , I have used flonase, sudafed, claritin, saline spray, I have been off  afrin for over a month  now, what else can I do?

See your doctor: There are a couple of other medications he can try. If these do not work you may need to see an allergist for allergy testing. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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How effective is Claritin d to help with allergy asthma?

How effective is Claritin d to help with allergy asthma?

Antihistamines help: Claritin +/- 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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Dr. Joshua Davidson
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Does Claritin 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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Dr. Bennett Werner
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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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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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How long will it take for my Claritin to kick in?

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

About 1.5 hours: Onset of relief of symptoms will take about 1.5 hours for claritin. 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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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Is it safe to take Claritin d everyday while preg? Im 30wks and been taking it for 2months nothing else helps.But im so worry bout effects!?! help?

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 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, however, is safe to take- in catergory b. Stop it now until you discuss with your ob. ...Read more

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