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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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For children's allergies should you combine zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

For children's allergies should you combine zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Pick one: While both zyrtec (cetirizine) and Claritin (loratadine) are approved for treatment of allergies in children, it is rarely necessary to use both at the same time. In my experience, Claritin works for many and zyrtec works for most patients. While there is little harm to combining these, it doesn't add to the effectiveness. ...Read more

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My ten year old has seasonal allergies for the first time. I gave her 24 hr Claritin (loratadine) at 7:30 am. It's 9pm. Can I give her children's diphenhydramine?

My ten year old has seasonal allergies for the first time. I gave her 24 hr Claritin (loratadine) at 7:30 am. It's 9pm. Can I give her children's diphenhydramine?

Okay: This is fine for short or longer term treatment. You might consider some of the newly made OTC nasal sprays with a low dose steroid (Nasocort, Rhinocort, etc.)I find many young women don't like the sprays, but if they will give them a week or two the allergies get better and they can sometimes drop the pills. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my 16 month old (who weighs 19lbs) children's Claritin instead of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies?

Is it safe to give my 16 month old (who weighs 19lbs) children's Claritin instead of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies?

Not approved: 16 months is a young age and not many medications are approved for allergies. The best thing to do is to call pediatrician as each child is different in needs and peds knows the kid best. ...Read more

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My 8 year old son is having seasonal allergies. I am giving him childrens Claritin but was wondering if he can also have childrens Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

My 8 year old son is having seasonal allergies. I am giving him childrens Claritin but was wondering if he can also have childrens Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Other better options: Even certain "non-sedating" antihistamines like zyrtec have been found to impair short term memory and have negative effects on school performance. Rather than increase the likelihood of your 8 year old son having side effects, consider adding a topical nasal steroid spray like Flonase or a complimentary medication like singulair (montelukast). Alternatively, consider allergy testing to identify the triggers. ...Read more

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Is dimetapp cold and cough bad for a 6 yr olds who takes it everyday for over two months? My fiances son has really bad allergies and had been on childrens claritin. Recently, someone had switched him to dimetapp cold and cough after he did in fact get a

No, but...: If someone needs medicine like that for long periods of time, it is best to get at the root cause and find out what he is allergic to. Then you can eliminate or reduce the exposure to the problem instead of medicating the child. Get a referral to a good allergist from your pediatrician of family doc or even word of mouth and solve the problem. ...Read more

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My 8 yr old takes loratadine syrup everyday for allergies, but her sinuses are very congested, is it ok to give her children's Mucinex (guaifenesin) with it?

My 8 yr old takes loratadine syrup everyday for allergies, but her sinuses are very congested, is it ok to give her children's Mucinex (guaifenesin) with it?

Ok but: It is ok to give Mucinex (guaifenesin) but unless it's Mucinex (guaifenesin) d it would not do anything to decongest your child's "sinuses". Consult your doctor for a rx nasal spray or allergist to find out what your child may be allergic to. ...Read more

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My 8 yr old takes loratadine syrup everyday for allergies, but her sinuses are very congested, is it ok to give her children's Mucinex (guaifenesin) with it?

My 8 yr old takes loratadine syrup everyday for allergies, but her sinuses are very congested, is it ok to give her children's Mucinex (guaifenesin) with it?

Yes: You can give them together. Loratadine though doesn't help congestion, it helps control sneezing, runny nose and nasal itching, Mucinex would loosen the mucus secretions, also saline nasal washes can help some, if no improvement, better see her doctor for assessment, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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Why did I get loratadine allergy?

Exposure: All allergies are developed by an immune system reaction to the substance in question. Therefore, allergy requires previous exposure. If you are prone to allergy problems, you can develop an allergy to a particular substance at anytime after you become exposed to it. It sometimes take only a few exposures and other times it takes many exposures. ...Read more

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I have loratadine allergy. What do I do?

I have loratadine allergy. What do I do?

Confirm, alternative: Allergy to antihistaminics is very rare. Fortunately other antihistaminics are availble to help control allergic symptoms. Confirmation is recommended since inactive ingredients of medications (such as corn starch or lactose) might also cause symptoms similar to allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Claritin (loratadine) d is making me too jittery. Is there an allergy?

Claritin (loratadine) d is making me too jittery. Is there an allergy?

Claritin (loratadine) d: This is a side effect of the decongestant in Claritin d. It is not an allergy. You can take plain Claritin and avoid the problem. For your nasal conestion I would try a saline nasal spray and if no help, ask your doctor for a prescription nasal spray. ...Read more

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Possible celery allergy and loratadine?

Possible celery allergy and loratadine?

Unrelated: Not sure that I am answering your question, but celery allergy does not interfere with taking loratadine. ...Read more

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Does Claritin (loratadine) work for sun allergy?

Does Claritin (loratadine) work for sun allergy?

Partially: I assume you mean hives or itchy rash from sun exposure (solar urticaria or polymorphous light eruption). Antihistamines can help treat the itch associated with the hives. If rash occurs often, taking an antihistamine daily may help. Sunscreen with uva and uvb blockers may help as well. These may not help other sun-sensitive rashes (eg, with lupus). See an allergist or dermatologist for more info. ...Read more

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Can I take Claritin (loratadine) allergy pill every day?

Can I take Claritin (loratadine) allergy pill every day?

Read label: All otc medications come with instructions for use. ...Read more

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Which is best for allergy treatment? Loratadine or diphenhydram

Which is best for allergy treatment? Loratadine or diphenhydram

Depends: Both are antihistamines. However Loratadine is a once a day non sedating antihistamine while Diphenhydramine can cause drowsiness and may need to be taken several times a day. ...Read more

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Can I take two Claritin (loratadine) allergy pills in 24 hours?

Can I take two Claritin (loratadine) allergy pills in 24 hours?

Better not: Exceed the recommended dosage, if you think your symptoms aren't controlled, better seek medical advice, good luck ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Claritin (loratadine) for allergies?

Claritin (loratadine) side effect: Claritin (loratadine) can cause many side-effects. Most commonly, it can cause sedation; even though it is called "non-sedating" by the manufacturer. If you take any medication and note an adverse effect each time, you should assume a causse and effect relationship. ...Read more

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Can I take Claritin (loratadine) allergy pill every day for 6 months?

Can I take Claritin (loratadine) allergy pill every day for 6 months?

Yes: Claritin is a very safe, non-sedating antihistamine. It is effective for treating the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Thus, if you have allergy symptoms for 6 months, it is ok to take that. However, if you have more severe allergies, a nasal steroid spray might be more helpful. I would also recommend you see an allergist to find out what it is that is causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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I took CVS brand allergy pill 10mg loratadine. Can I have alcohol now?

I took CVS brand allergy pill 10mg loratadine. Can I have alcohol now?

No: Better no, even if the loratadine doesn't sedate you, the combination is potentially harmful, causing additive CNS depression, you didn't mention how much alcohol too, take care ...Read more

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Can I take Claritin (loratadine) allergy with Vicks vapoinhaler together?

Can I take Claritin (loratadine) allergy with Vicks vapoinhaler together?

Yes: They will not interact with each other. Drink plenty of fluids as well. ...Read more

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How long after I take Claritin (loratadine) should my allergy swelling go down?

How long after I take Claritin (loratadine) should my allergy swelling go down?

Couple of hours: Antihistamines can help with the itching and swelling that accompany allergic reactions. If the swelling is significant, it may take several hours to a day or so. For milder symptoms, Loratadine may begin to help in 1-2 hours. ...Read more

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Would I really need to wait 12 hours to take Claritin (loratadine) 12 hour allergy medicine?

Would I really need to wait 12 hours to take Claritin (loratadine) 12 hour allergy medicine?

Yes: Unless it has a decongestant, it is generally considered safe to take even up to 10 mg of Claritin (loratadine) 4 x a day if needed even though this is 4x the dose approved. But we do use as much as 4x the dose for those who have hives. ...Read more

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Could you really need to wait 12 hours to take Claritin (loratadine) 12 hour allergy medicine?

Not really: The Claritin (loratadine) reditab 5 mg will last about 12 hours, but there is no harm to taking one sooner or just go for the 10 mg reditab for 24 hour relief. ...Read more

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Can I take certirizine in the morning and loratadine at night for a couple of days for severe allergies.

Can I take certirizine in the morning and loratadine at night for a couple of days for severe allergies.

Antihistamines: In general the class of antihistamines that includes Loratadine and Cetirizine is well tolerated, safe and effective. While most people tend to have a better effect with one or the other, there really is no significant risks if these 2 are taken together. If allergies are not controlled, an allergist can develop a better treatment plan as other more effective medications are available. ...Read more

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When seasonal allergy hits hard on day 1, does it help to take 20mg loratadine on 1st day to jump start relief?

When seasonal allergy hits hard on day 1, does it help to take 20mg loratadine on 1st day to jump start relief?

Maybe: Recommended dose is 10 mg. Studies with higher doses did not show improvement. Loratadine is the weakest antihistamine out there, would recommend Cetirizine or Fexofenadine instead. If you were going to take more I would take 10 mg twice per day rather than 20 at once. With increased doses I would watch for increased side effects, especially drowsiness. We do use higher doses for hives. ...Read more

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Anyone have any suggestions for dealing with an allergy to cats and dogs? Does it mean daily Claritin (loratadine) needed?

Anyone have any suggestions for dealing with an allergy to cats and dogs? Does it mean daily Claritin (loratadine) needed?

Lots of tips: The short answer is avoidance, medications, and allergy shots, typically in that order. Not sure I can give a complete answer in 400 characters or less. If you have animals in the home you're allergic to, you should consider consulting an allergist. ...Read more

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I am 17 k just got off work I have allergies bad can I buy claritin (loratadine) d myself I know u can't get it over the counter anymore?

Needs prescription: Use the plain claritin, read the labels carefully, and use good saline nasal wash, that does help, till you see your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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Claritin (Definition)

Claritin is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more