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Dr. John Chiu
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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Claritin versus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for kids?

Claritin versus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for kids?

Work differently: Claritin in a non-drowsy antihistamine. It doesn't cause sleepiness, but you need to use it every day for it to work really well. It's lousy for severe allergic reactions because it takes days to be fully effective. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) causes drowsiness and only lasts for six hours, but is great for severe allergic reactions and works very quickly. If you're exposed and need help now, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is better. ...Read more

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Can i take Claritin with benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Can i take Claritin with benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Yes: Antihistamine is safe even with 4x the average daily dose. The major side effects would be dry mouth and drowsiness ( the latter much less common if one uses the non-sedating type). I believe reactine is equivalent to Claritin (loratadine) in the us. Short answer- it is ok. ...Read more

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Take Claritin with benadryl, (diphenhydramine) is this okay?

Not really: These are both antihistamines. If both are needed then physician guidance should be sought. ...Read more

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Which goes to work faster? Claritin or Benadryl (diphenhydramine)

About the same speed: Unless Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is injected, either starts to work between 1-2 hrs. ...Read more

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Can you Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) be taken together?

Can you Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) be taken together?

Yes: Most antihistamines are dosed at levels much below the toxic levels. Claritin was initially tested in drug studies at 4 times the current recommended dose. These same studies found that 10 mg yielded nearly equvalent effects as 40 mg. Since there is not a dramatic dose effect, increasing to higher levels rarely improves nasal symptoms. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may have drying effects but sedation limits the dose. ...Read more

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Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Dr. Ashraf Abdel Azeem
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Claritin (Definition)

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